Presidential Scholars compete for Merit grants

June 3, 2014

psb1sm psb2smMore than 60 Presidential Scholars visited Bryan the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to compete for Presidential Merit Scholarships, the highest academic award presented by the college.

Presidential Scholar candidates and their families enjoyed a banquet on Friday before their interviews
with faculty members on Saturday.

Campus Visit Coordinator Hannah Lee said the prospective students and their parents spent the weekend learning about the college, financial aid opportunities, and admissions procedures as well as participating in the scholarship competition process.

After a reception to meet faculty members on Friday, the Presidential Scholars and their parents were honored at a banquet that night. On Saturday, the scholars were interviewed by faculty committees. Faculty members will select the Presidential Merit Scholars for the coming school year.

Ms. Lee said Presidential Merit Scholars will be notified of their selection beginning this week.

Student body President Alison Young,
also a Presidential Scholar, challenged Presidential Scholar candidates to find
God as the source of their joy.
During the banquet Student Government Association President Alison Young, also a Presidential Scholar, told the students they need to consider more than the obvious answers when they consider the question “Why do you want to be a Presidential Scholar?”

If you work down to the core issue, “if you get to the basis of your joy and find ‘you,’ you have a problem. Only one thing can bear the weight of all the joy you want, and that is God.”

She said Bryan offers professors who work to help students grow spiritually as well as academically, and a student body that “challenges you to live for God, to love God, to glorify Him in everything you do. That is how you will make your mark here. In the end, He will be the foundation of your joy.”

Michael Sapienza, vice president for enrollment management gave the keynote address. He told the guests that Bryan’s development through the years has come because of commitment to honor its mission, “educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Focusing on the “make a difference” aspect, he said the college works to develop ways for students to serve in their world, highlighting the Acts Project, the Worldview Initiative, Summit Ministries, MLK Community Service Day, and Practical Christian Involvement as areas in which students can make a difference.

He encouraged the prospective students to talk with their hosts or with others they meet on campus. “I am supremely confident you will be inspired by our students.”