Leadership Profile

Elmer L. Meyers High School Senior Michelle Chavez Wins Cedar Crest College’s Annual Scholarship Competition

Michelle Chavez
Michelle Chavez with President Carmen Twillie Ambar on Scholarship Competion Day

Cedar Crest College held its annual Scholarship Competition this past spring that invited distinguished high school seniors to compete for a four-year, full scholarship to the College. After taking the initial exam, the top scorers were invited to submit an essay that would lead to an interview and, ultimately, the top prize. Out of more than 125 participants, Michelle Chavez of Wilkes Barre, Pa. was selected as Cedar Crest’s 2014 Scholarship Competition winner and will be joining the class of 2018 this fall.

Initially missing the call from President Ambar who would deliver the good news, Chavez said she anxiously sat by the phone for the call back. “The anticipation made the moment even greater. I was excited,” she said.

Chavez said she learned of Cedar Crest while looking at a list of colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania. When noticing its size and core in the liberal arts, it became one of her top choice schools.

“They provide a balanced education and I want an education like that,” she said. “Its focus and devotion is on not only training someone in their major but also in various other fields.”

Chavez is currently a senior at Elmer L. Meyers High School. She is a member of the speech and debate team, key club, National Honors Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Chavez also plays the viola in her high school orchestra and does peer tutoring.

Aside from her school activities, Chavez said that she enjoys art as a hobby. She often takes time to paint sunsets and other images.

When thinking about starting at Cedar Crest in the fall, Chavez said “I’m just excited to wake up and go to college classes.” She plans to major in communications and possibly minor in writing or film.

Michelle Chavez is the daughter of Juan and Beata Chavez.