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Finalists Chosen for Scholarship Competition at Cedar Crest College

Audrey and Kelsey EdwardsKelsey Edwards and mom, Audrey, at Cedar Crest for Scholarship Competition Day.

Cedar Crest College hosted its second annual Scholarship Competition Day on Dec. 4, during which 56 high school seniors with outstanding academic credentials vied for the top prize—a full-ride, four-year Trustee Scholarship valued at approximately $125,000.

Five finalists were chosen based on their outstanding academic standing and performance during the competition, including: Anastasia Brown of Woodstock, Md.; Kayla Edelbrock of Granger, Ind.; Kelsey Edwards of Edison, N.J.; Kaitlyn Shapiro of Lehighton, Pa.; and Leslie Troup of Littlestown, Pa.

“We wanted to attract the best and brightest young women who are interested in a woman-focused education that values leadership, scholarship, honor, community and service, and I think we did that,” said Kim Owens, senior executive vice president of enrollment management and student affairs. The number of participants this year was nearly triple 2009. “These young women are excellent students with the potential to make a difference in our world, and we look forward to having many of them here at Cedar Crest next fall.”

On Scholarship Competition Day, students took a multiple-choice exam in subjects including math, English, science, arts and the humanities. They also completed a written essay, participated in an interview with a College faculty and student team, toured the campus, and learned about the Cedar Crest College campus from current students. A concurrent program gave parents the opportunity to find out more about the College.

Scholarship Competition Day finalists are eligible for four-year scholarships ranging up to the full-ride Trustee Scholarship. The grand prize winner will be announced later this month. Non-finalists will receive a one-time, $2,000 scholarship. The competition was open to young women who will attend college in fall of 2011.
For the high-achieving finalists and their parents, the excitement level is mounting.

“Cedar Crest is the only school I applied to and winning a scholarship will certainly help me to go there,” said Kelsey Edwards. “What appealed to me originally is that they have my major (forensic psychology), and it’s not too far from my home. I kept searching but no one else had what I want.”

Her father, Cliff Edwards, added: “It would be nice (if Kelsey could win the full scholarship). It’s always nice to see her achieve her goals.”