FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Oct. 22, 2013
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Two first-year Wilson College students have been named Marguerite Brooks Lenfest Scholars. Fallon Schoch of Marion Center, Pa., and Nicole Zuleger of Berryville, Va., 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 with donors, trustees and other dignitaries about their Wilson experiences.
Schoch, who plans to major in both equine-facilitated therapeutics and business, graduated from Marion Center Junior/Senior High School. In high school, she took courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in subjects ranging from history, religion and composition to psychology and philosophy.
Schoch was active in a wide variety of high school activities, including the student newspaper, environmental club, Future Business Leaders of America, marching band and choir. She volunteered with a food bank and the local humane society, and also went on a mission trip to work with inner-city children and homeless people in Baltimore.
Schoch hopes to eventually run a horse program, either on her own farm or working for another facility, “involving all of the normal aspects of an equine/equestrian business — including boarding, training and teaching” — as well as therapeutic riding.
“Some of the things that attracted me to Wilson were the equestrian programs, the campus — both its size and how beautiful it is — the high-quality academics and the friendly atmosphere,” said Schoch, the daughter of Jennifer Schoch of Marion Center.
Zuleger, who intends to major in veterinary medical technology, graduated from Clarke County High School. While in high school, she took classes at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia, including biology, composition and world history. Her high school activities included National Honor Society, theater and drama, and the forensics competition team. She won the President’s Academic Excellence Award every year from 9th through 12th grade.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Zuleger, the daughter of David and Joanne Zuleger of Berryville, wants to go on to veterinary school.
“I want to own a small animal clinic and animal shelter after grad school,” she said. “I've always wanted to be a vet since I was a little girl. I also really love the traditions and how close-knit the school feels.”
Because their high school grade-point averages were 3.75 or above, both students have been awarded a four-year Presidential Merit Scholarship from Wilson 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 private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 34 majors/concentrations and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.
Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.