Presidential semifinalists meet the faculty

Posted on January 26, 2016

Presidential ed Moffatt crowd

Semifinalists and their families gather in Moffatt Dining Hall.

Erskine College welcomed more than 100 outstanding high school seniors to the campus Jan. 9 for the first round of this year’s Presidential Scholarship competition. The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship offered at Erskine College.

Competitors met Erskine professors during a faculty fair in Watkins Student Center. This year’s schedule also included four departmental presentations, providing additional opportunities for interaction with professors.

Presidential music department session

Dr. Brooks Kuykendall, right, leads a session on “Music, Sound, and Noise” in the Bowie Arts Center.

Departmental sessions offered were “Chemical Reactions” with Professor of Chemistry Dr. Joel Boyd; “Manual Therapy” with Assistant Professor of Athletic Training Scott DeCiantis; “Salsa and Politics” with Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics Dr. Tiffany Hayden; and “Sound, Music, and Noise” with Professor of Music Dr. J. Brooks Kuykendall.

Students were welcomed by Erskine President Dr. Paul Kooistra. Following their interview sessions and the departmental presentations, students joined their families for a scholarship luncheon in Moffatt Dining Hall. Tripp Boykin, a member of the Erskine College Class of 1992, spoke at the luncheon.

Semifinalists attended an Athletic Training

Clinical Coordinator and Athletic Trainer Emilie Miley speaks during “Manual Therapy.”

Named in honor of the 16 presidents who have served Erskine College since its founding in 1839, the Presidential Scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and fees, minus any state, federal, and outside scholarships or grants. The scholarship is renewable for four years of study and is valued at approximately $170,000.

Recipients are required to uphold the ideals and standards of Erskine College.

Students who apply for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the Solomon Award, which covers tuition and fees for a four-year period.

Thirty students selected from among the semifinalist group will be invited to return to the Erskine campus for the finalist competition Feb. 5-6.

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Presidential Scholarship Competition 2016