Four students receive Presidential Scholarships

November 21, 2012 | News, UToday
By Brian Purdue

The Presidential Scholarship, the most coveted undergraduate prize, has been awarded to four students for the 2012-13 school year.

Students go through the comprehensive application process, and 12 were chosen for further interviews. The pool is then narrowed down to the final four winners.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must have a 3.8 GPA coming out of high school and score a 30 on the ACT or a 1340 on the SAT.

The scholarship provides the students with full tuition, room and board, general fees up (up to 16 hours), and a onetime $3,000 stipend to spend during the summer for academic purposes.

The winners for this academic year are:

• Caroline Beck
Major: Environmental science
Hometown: Monclova, Ohio
Favorite pastimes: Soccer, flute, reading
Fun fact: Loves ’80s music and movies

• Ellen Diemer
Major: Recreational therapy — going into occupational therapy
Hometown: Cincinnati
Favorite pastimes: Hanging out with friends, running, watching movies
Fun fact: Went to six country concerts over the past summer

• Tess Gao
Major: Biology
Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio
Favorite pastimes: Swimming, piano, eating
Fun fact: Obsessed with the LA Lakers

• Merna Naji
Major: Biology
Hometown: Troy, Mich.
Favorite pastimes: Running, traveling, eating
Fun fact: Speaks four languages — Arabic, French, Turkish, English

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