Pictured from left are Midwest Scholars Bethany Sandy, Emily Flint and Emily Watkins. Not pictured is Drake Decker.
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Monmouth College has announced the 2012 recipients of its Midwest Scholar Awards, the most competitive and most generous merit scholarship program in the college’s 159-year history.
When the program was created during the 2010-11 academic year, it was billed as an initiative “to energize recruiting efforts for honors students who want a high-octane intellectual challenge.”
The latest group to accept that challenge includes Drake Decker of Muscatine, Iowa; Emily Flint of Decatur (Warrensburg-Latham High School); Bethany Sandy of Dunlap; and Emily Watkins of Taylor Ridge (Rockridge High School).
Following is a brief excerpt from each of their application essays:
Drake Decker: “I plan to use my leadership to create a positive and productive environment wherever I am. My everyday goal, both now and in the future, is to put myself in a position where my positive attitude and confidence can be felt, influencing people to improve their lives and improve the world.”
Emily Flint: “The saying ‘It’s a small, small world’ is becoming a true statement in our global society. With the technological advances of the last few decades, it is very easy to communicate in all of the corners of the world. It is very important to have the characteristic of global citizenship.”
Bethany Sandy: “To achieve wisdom, we should try to understand why people are different and embrace their uniqueness. … A full, unbiased understanding of other cultures will help us unite with other cultures and develop wisdom.”
Emily Watkins: “As society grows in its global awareness, it requires more knowledge and understanding of differences. When we understand differences, we are more tolerating. When we are more tolerating, we are apt to seek peaceful solutions to those differences.”
With a minimum annual value of $25,000, Midwest Scholars Awards can potentially be worth at least $100,000 to each of the recipients, since they are renewable for up to three additional years, provided a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is maintained.
Recipients are offered opportunities to participate in honors courses, conduct research with faculty, experience special internships and lead community service projects.
To become a candidate for a Midwest Scholars Award, a student must complete a general application for admission, submit two letters of recommendation, write a 750- to 1,000-word essay and submit a résumé that includes extracurricular activities.
Scholarship finalists were invited to campus last March to participate in Midwest Scholars Day. Activities included group discussions, a campus tour and presentations on various academic disciplines. Candidates also shared their reactions to ideas presented during personal interviews with a select group of faculty members and alumni who are leaders in their field.
The four winners were selected based on application materials, past achievements and performance on Midwest Scholars Day.