FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Oct. 8, 2012
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Two first-year Wilson College students have been named Marguerite Brooks Lenfest Scholars. Lindsey Sutton of Greencastle and Kelly Myers of McSherrystown were selected for the honor from among a pool of entering students with the highest cumulative grade-point averages and demonstrated leadership initiatives.
As Lenfest Scholars, students are granted automatic acceptance into the Wilson College Scholars Program and receive special academic and leadership mentoring. In addition, the two Lenfest Scholars will be invited from time to time to meet and speak to donors, trustees and other dignitaries about their Wilson experiences.
To maintain a designation as a Lenfest Scholar, a student is required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) and remain enrolled as a full-time student.
Sutton, who plans to major in chemistry, graduated from Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School with a with a grade-point average (GPA) of 4.1220. In high school, she took history, intermediate Spanish, calculus and American government at Hagerstown Community College. She was active in National Honor Society and concert and field bands.
Sutton plans to go on to graduate school and ultimately go into research or chemical engineering. She says she chose Wilson because of its small size, its proximity to her home and its state-of-the-art science center.
“Plus the traditions and sense of family were nice bonuses,” she said.
Myers, who intends to major in veterinary medical technology (VMT), graduated from New Oxford High School in June with a GPA of 4.510. While in high school, she took college algebra and advanced biology at Harrisburg Area Community College. Her high school activities included National Honor Society, soccer, the yearbook and orchestra.
“One of the main reasons that I came to Wilson is because it has such an excellent VMT program,” Myers said. “Another reason that I came to Wilson is because I fell in love with the campus and the friendly atmosphere. Pretty much everyone was genuinely pleasant and friendly.”
After graduating, Myers says she plans to become a veterinary technician, but hasn’t decided whether she wants to work with small animals, farm animals, wildlife or zoo animals.
Because their high school grade-point averages were 3.75 or above, both students have been awarded a four-year Presidential Merit Scholarship from the college.
The Lenfest Scholars program recognizes the generosity of Marguerite Lenfest, a 1955 Wilson graduate, and her husband, Gerry, who have contributed to many of the college’s initiatives, including the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college in Chambersburg, Pa., that is dedicated to the education of women and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Today, women and men can earn bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2012-13 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 695 and includes 17 students from nine foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.
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