Presidentís Scholars Competition Expands

California State University, Chico saw almost twice as many high-school seniors as last year competing for scholarships at the third annual President's Scholars Competition on Saturday, February 21.

This year, 205 students from California and other states took part in the competition, which awards merit-based scholarships for incoming CSU, Chico freshmen. In 1997, 121 students came to campus for the event.

Six $5,000 scholarships and more than twenty $500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Four $5,000 and twenty $500 scholarships were awarded last year.

All the participants had to have already applied and been accepted to enter CSU, Chico next fall in order to be invited to the competition. They had to also possess a 3.7 GPA in high school or a 3.5 GPA and a 1200 combined SAT score or a 27 ACT composite score in order to qualify for the competition.

The competing seniors took three written exams in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. The scholarship recipients will be chosen primarily on exam results. Consideration will also be given to the information students have supplied about their high school and community activities and to a statement of their personal academic and career goals.

Students and parents gathered at the Bell Memorial Union at 8 a.m. for a welcome from President Manuel A.Esteban. While the seniors took exams at Tehama Hall, their family members talked to CSU, Chico faculty members and students about various university programs. In addition, President Esteban, who comes from a family of glass-blowers, held a demonstration of glass-blowing with art Professor Robert Herhusky.

Along with the scholarships, competition winners will automatically be accepted into the University's Honors Program.


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