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MC announces two new scholarships

Barry McNamara
A key component of Monmouth College’s vision statement is the goal of increasing the number of actively engaged, intellectually curious and ambitious students who enroll each year. To that end, the college recently announced two new scholarship initiatives and the continuation of a third.

Candidates for the new initiatives – a Presbyterian Scholarship and a Sustainability Scholarship – will be invited to campus in February, on the same day that prospective students hoping to win a Midwest Scots Leadership Award (Formerly Midwest Leadership Award) will visit. The latter award was offered for the first time last year at about the same time that Monmouth’s Midwest Scholar Award, which provides a $25,000 annual scholarship – was implemented. Seven students received the first set of those awards last year, and the college will hold a separate competition for highly qualified Midwest Scholar Award candidates at a later date.

In introducing the scholarship initiatives, Omar Correa, MC’s vice president for enrollment management, said, “We want to expand our reach, to be increasingly progressive in the type of students we recruit. With the continuing forward momentum the college has been experiencing in recent years, we believe we have never been in a better position to set the bar higher and take intentional steps toward improving the quality of our applicant pool.”

The goal of the Presbyterian Scholarship is to attract students interested in leadership or campus ministry. The college will target senior prospective students interested in connecting their Presbyterian faith to an education at a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related college. Recipients will be required to maintain good academic standing and actively participate in the college’s religious and spiritual life program. The scholarship application must include a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Presbyterian pastor on church letterhead.

The purpose of the new Sustainability Scholarship is to attract and retain qualified students to work on sustainability, environmental and agricultural issues at Monmouth College. Plans are to award 10 scholarships of up to $2,500 each, renewable for four years. To maintain their scholarship, students will be required to be in good academic standing and participate in the sustainability program. Scholarship recipients will likely have an opportunity to participate in a SOFIA (Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity) project at the college’s Educational Garden prior to matriculating in August.

To qualify for Monmouth’s Midwest Leadership Award, an applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must submit a résumé outlining leadership or scholarly activities that have prepared him or her to become a campus leader. Midwest Leader candidates will be asked to come to campus for interviews and other activities, and winners will be selected based on their demonstrated leadership experience and their potential contributions to the MC community. At least five scholarships will be awarded at $2,500 each, and they are renewable for four years provided the students maintain good academic standing.