Leadership Profile

Colorado Native Wins Competition for a Full-Scholarship

Jocelyn PolanAs the snow continued to fall in Pennsylvania, Jocelyn Polan knew the flight she booked would be canceled—the flight to Allentown where she planned to participate in Cedar Crest College’s annual Scholarship Competition. Luckily in an increasingly digital world, the snow storm would not end Polan’s journey to Cedar Crest.

Through special coordination with Cedar Crest’s admission’s office, Polan took the competition’s examination online. Winning meant she would receive a four-year scholarship to the College, which was all that stood between her and attending her first-choice school. All Polan could do was wait.

First came the email saying she was a top ten finalist; then, the top five. Polan excitedly participated in a Skype interview with representatives from Cedar Crest as part of the final round of competition. Finally, she received the call she was waiting for. It was Cedar Crest College President, Carmen Twillie Ambar, extending her congratulations to the 2013 scholarship award winner.

Jocelyn Polan is a recent graduate of Niwot High School in Colorado. Knowing that she wanted to major in forensic science, she researched accredited forensic science programs and discovered that Cedar Crest had both an undergraduate and graduate accredited program. When she came to visit the campus, Polan said that sealed her decision.
"I wanted to attend a small school and when I visited Cedar Crest I fell in love with the campus.'

Pull QuotePolan was an active student at Niwot High School, and participated in numerous activities throughout her career, including the volleyball and debate teams. Debate, Polan said, continues to be a passion of hers and she looks forward to taking her talents to Cedar Crest.
In addition to her studies and high school extracurricular activities, Polan is very active in her church as a member of the youth group. She’s led discussions with young girls in her church and said it’s important for her to feel like she has a voice. In her free time, Polan enjoys knitting.

Polan said that she looks forward to getting involved at the College once she settles in to her course load and gets to know her classmates. After holding numerous leadership positions in the past, she looks forward to continuing to do so at Cedar Crest.

The College looks forward to welcoming her this fall.

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