Elite students compete for Pillars Scholarship
Friday, February 01, 2008
CANTON, Mo. – An elite group of high school seniors will gather on the Culver-Stockton campus Saturday, February 9, to compete for full-tuition scholarships to attend the college as freshmen this fall. This is the 24th annual Pillars for Excellence Scholarship competition.
Pillars for Excellence Scholarships pay all tuition costs and can be renewed annually at the value of the freshman year if the student maintains a 3.2 grade point average at Culver-Stockton. Students are selected to compete based on stringent academic standards: a minimum of 26 on the ACT and a 3.6 grade point average in high school.
During the Saturday competition, each candidate also must write a timed essay and be interviewed by panels of C-SC faculty, staff, alumni, and current students who received the Pillars scholarship.
“We value academic excellence above all at Culver-Stockton,” said President William L. Fox. “These students have achieved academic success during high school and show great promise to be successful college students. We look forward to welcoming many of them to campus next fall.”
“The Pillars scholars will be the foundation for a high-caliber freshmen class for fall 2008,” said R. Joseph Dieker, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Such students not only become our campus leaders but also enhance the classroom experience.”
Students selected for the Pillars for Excellence Scholarships will be announced in March. Although only a few Pillars scholars will be selected, students who compete on Saturday may be selected for other Culver-Stockton scholarships as well.
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