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82 students to compete for Union’s top academic scholarships

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 29, 2008 – Eighty-two students will participate in Union University’s annual Scholars of Excellence Weekend Feb. 29-March 1.

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, 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 more than 80 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, and have made the decision to continue their education at this place and at this time,” 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 one of 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.”

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

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