Students compete for top scholarships
February 12, 2010

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More than 80 prospective students, along with family members traveled to Bryan for the annual Presidential/Music Performance Scholarship event Feb. 5-6, competing for the college’s top academic grants.


Michael Sapienza, vice president of enrollment management, said the admissions staff has spent this week contacting contestants and offering specific scholarships following decisions by the interviewing committees. Eight of the contestants will be offered Presidential Merit Scholarships.

Presidential Scholar dinner guests watch as a
special dessert (Bananas Foster) is prepared.


 “We did a couple of things differently this year that I believe really helped,” Mr. Sapienza said. “We had faculty receptions at two locations on campus for students and parents to meet professors and answer questions. We were very pleased with that. The coffee kiosk also made a huge difference, making the second floor lobby in Mercer Hall much more welcoming.”


The admissions staff also is looking forward to the Dean’s Scholar/Theatre audition event Feb. 25-26, with “well over 100” prospective students already registered. Students will interview for Dean’s Merit Scholarships, and students interested in theatre will have an opportunity to take part in an audition and workshop with Theatre Director Bernie Belisle.


“This is an opportunity for me to get an idea of the abilities of incoming students,” he said. “Sometimes it helps me plan the next season’s productions and decide what kinds of classes need to be offered. The students have fun and get to know me better as well as get comfortable with a new environment.”

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