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127 high school students to compete for Union's top academic scholarships

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 17, 2011 – A record-high one hundred twenty-seven students will participate in Union University’s annual Scholars of Excellence Weekend Feb. 18-19.

The students will be on hand to compete for the highest academic scholarships Union offers. To be invited to the competition, students must score at least a 31 on the ACT or a 1360 SAT (combined critical reading and math), be in the top 15 percent of their graduating class and maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

All students will earn at least a half-tuition scholarship simply by being invited to participate in the weekend’s activities.

“I think it is absolutely remarkable that 127 of the finest high school students in this region, and some from across the country, are committed to their educational future at Union University,” Union President David S. Dockery said.

“These are students who could choose to go almost anywhere,” he continued. “Certainly, the commitment of these students points to a very bright and blessed future for Union University as several hundred others will join them next semester.”

The weekend will consist of dinner with Dockery, social gatherings in the homes of various faculty members, book discussions and interviews.

“We thank God for each student participating in Scholars of Excellence weekend,” said Rich Grimm, Union’s vice president for enrollment services. “This has shaped up to be the largest and most qualified groups of scholars ever to participate in the event. We look forward to hosting them and their families, and to seeing many of them enroll at Union this coming fall.”

 

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2/19/11 - Haley Bell (right), freshman nursing major, talks with Scholars of Excellence perspective students while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day.
2/19/11 - Haley Bell (right), freshman nursing major, talks with Scholars of Excellence perspective students while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day. - Deanna Santangelo
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2/19/11 - Kelli Hansen (right), junior christian studies major, talks with a Scholars of Excellence perspective student while she waits in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day.
2/19/11 - Kelli Hansen (right), junior christian studies major, talks with a Scholars of Excellence perspective student while she waits in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day. - Deanna Santangelo
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2/19/11 - Scholars of Excellence perspective students chat while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day.
2/19/11 - Scholars of Excellence perspective students chat while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day. - Deanna Santangelo
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2/19/11 - Scholars of Excellence perspective students wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day.
2/19/11 - Scholars of Excellence perspective students wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day. - Deanna Santangelo
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2/19/11 - Scholars of Excellence perspective students play Apples to Apples while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day.
2/19/11 - Scholars of Excellence perspective students play Apples to Apples while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day. - Deanna Santangelo
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2/19/11 - Sarah Brooks (right), enrollment counselor, talks with a Scholars of Excellence perspective student while she waits in Whitehall for her personal interview.
2/19/11 - Sarah Brooks (right), enrollment counselor, talks with a Scholars of Excellence perspective student while she waits in Whitehall for her personal interview. - Deanna Santangelo
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2/19/11 - Amy Brown, enrollment counselor, plays Apples to Apples with Scholars of Excellence perspective students while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day.
2/19/11 - Amy Brown, enrollment counselor, plays Apples to Apples with Scholars of Excellence perspective students while they wait in Whitehall during the interview and discussion part of the day. - Deanna Santangelo

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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