Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., hosted its 13th annual Presidential Scholarship Competition (PSC) on February 12 and 13. PSC is an invitation-only scholarship competition for qualifying high school seniors. Invitations are based on academic achievement, with awards ranging from $1,000 scholarships to full tuition. In all, 68 scholarships were awarded totaling over $2.2 million in tuition.
“This is one of our biggest events all year,” says Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management at Grace College. Approximately 380 people, including 139 contestants and their families, visited Grace for the event. “We were pleased to have students from 13 states and France compete at this year’s PSC,” Sisson continued.
On Friday, participants enjoyed dinner and program, followed by an opportunity to speak with faculty members. On Saturday, students competed for first prize through an interview and impromptu essay contest.
Six levels of scholarship were awarded. The 2016 Presidential Scholarship Competition recipients are:
President’s Scholarship: full tuition
Rebekah Landfair of Troy, Ohio
Trustee Scholarship: $80,000 total ($20,000 per year)
Kyle Kaufman of Noblesville, Ind.
Peter Dawes of Indianapolis, Ind.
Faculty Scholarship: $68,000 total ($17,000 per year)
Anna Schoenhals of Archbold, Ohio
Gavin Roswarski of West Lafayette, Ind.
Ethan Horst of Warsaw, Ind.
Hannah Brown of Hart, Mich.
Paige Murrell of Plainfield, Ind.
Achievement Scholarship: $56,000 ($14,000 per year)
Kayla Groen of Demotte, Ind.
Jonathan Hiller of Parkesburg, Pa.
Emily Culp of Pickerington, Ohio
Emma Burgess of France
Shannon McFarland of Saint Louis, Mo.
Anna Burkhart of Manheim, Pa.
Abigail Bowman of Pequea, Pa.
Brock Bowman of Lima, Ohio
Rileigh Wolpert of Decatur, Ind.
Nathan Keefer of Dayton, Ohio
McClain Scholarship: $48,000 ($12,000 per year)
Alison Coleman of Waynesville, Ohio
Mary Slonim of Anderson, Ind.
Hannah VanderMel of Odon, Ind.
Savannah Phillips of Guys Mills, Pa.
Jordan Weimer of West Olive, Mich.
Emily Dimmick of Arcanum, Ohio
Grayson Goodson of Dublin, Ohio
Christine Mitchell of Oak Lawn, Ill.
Emma Bachali of Centennial, Co.
Hannah Thompson of Normal, Ill.
Bethany Ryan of Dayton, Ohio
Jordan Shuler of Scottsburg, Ind.
Lucas Cone of Winona Lake, Ind.
Braeden Evert of Parker, Co.
Caleb Schrad of Brownsburg, Ind.
Kierstin Yeakle of Marion, Ind.
Betsy Bleed of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cana Ryan of Dayton, Ohio
Hannah McNulty of Oberlin, Ohio
Bradley Bowers of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Carli Cahill of Crawfordsville, Ind.
In addition, Winona Merit Scholarships of $4,000 each ($1,000 per year) were awarded to 30 students.
The PSC is one part of the robust financial aid program at Grace College. The college is committed to helping families make quality, Christian higher education affordable. A full ninety-nine percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid from Grace College. Moreover, the Measure of Grace initiative began at the start of the current academic year, reducing tuition by 9% and committing to decrease tuition by $500 each consecutive year a student is enrolled. Grace College also offers all students free textbook rentals and a three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree in any of its 68 majors.