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 Scholarship Competition Day at Cedar Crest College Makes the Grade for Participants

Allentown, PA (December 21, 2009)—Twenty high school seniors with impressive academic credentials began vying for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships during Cedar Crest College’s inaugural Scholarship Competition Day on December 5.

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The day started with a multiple-choice test in subjects including math, English, science, arts and the humanities, as well as a written essay. Later, students and their parents enjoyed lunch with Cedar Crest College students—who answered questions about their own Cedar Crest experience—and some took a guided tour of the campus despite snowy conditions.

The participants and their families were thankful for the opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try (to earn a scholarship),” said Brianna Coleman, 18, of Carbondale, Pa. “I came out to visit during the summer and I really liked the school. They offer a lot. I like the fact that in addition to offering my major (criminal justice), I can also focus on other programs that interest me, such as dance and writing. There’s a lot to do on campus and it’s kind of an ideal school for me.”

Coleman’s mother, Lorie Lapka, shared her daughter’s enthusiasm.

“This scholarship competition is a great thing. I’m a single mom, so everything helps,” she said, adding that she wants her daughter to have the college experience she never got. “It (Cedar Crest) is not too far away, but it will allow her to experience what it’s like to live away from home.”

Amanda Pattison, 17, of Harrisburg, PA, said the Scholarship Competition Day was “challenging, but well worth it.” Her father, Andrew, said he was impressed by the College’s mission to develop the women leaders of tomorrow, which was discussed during a concurrent program for parents.

From the Cedar Crest College perspective, this inaugural event was highly successful.

“We want to attract the best and brightest young women who are interested in a woman-focused education,” said Kim Owens, vice president of enrollment management. “We brought 20 intelligent, mature young women to campus this weekend who exemplify what Cedar Crest College is all about, so we view Scholarship Competition Day as an unqualified success.”

All students who qualified for and participated in Scholarship Competition Day are guaranteed a minimum scholarship of $12,000 per year for four years. Students who scored best during the competition will be invited to return to campus for an interview in February, where they will be eligible for scholarships ranging from $14,000 per year to one full, four-year Trustee scholarship—valued at $125,000. Scholarship winners will be announced in April.


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