The winners from the 2013 Pillars for Excellence are:
Steven Stock, a home schooled student from Quincy, Ill.;
Mitchell Barton from Pittsfield High School in Nebo, Ill.;
Kendyll Dhans from Hernando High School in Spring Hills, Fla.;
Paul Pezold from North Calloway R-I High School in Columbia, Mo.;
Ashlyn May from Liberty Community High School in Camp Point, Ill.;
Adam Ussher from Cameron R-I High School in Cameron, Mo.
Strict academic standards are required to even compete for the scholarship. Fifty candidates competed this year, with an average GPA of 3.87 (on a 4.0 scale) and an average ACT score of 27. Any students who competed in the Pillars for Excellence are automatically awarded a Presidential scholarship and are admitted into the honors program. “Every year I am amazed at the level of achievement the Pillars for Excellence competitors bring to campus. This year we truly had an outstanding group of students,” said Misty McBee, director of admission. All Pillars for Excellence competitors were honored at a luncheon, held Saturday, March 16 in Meaders Dining Room at Culver-Stockton. Any student who competes in the scholarship competition is considered a Pillars scholar and gains automatic entrance into C-SC's Honors Program.
The Pillars for Excellence scholarship competition is held annually. Participants must come to campus and complete two interviews with faculty and staff. Submission of an essay is also required.
Recipients of the scholarship are expected to demonstrate both the qualities of mind and the qualities of person that will allow a student to flourish in C-SC’s rigorous but community-orientated academic environment and in the challenging world beyond college.
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