posted Jun 01, 2012 in ACADEMICS
McPherson College has offered two young scholars a noteworthy honor and opportunity – Kylan Bennett of Healy, Kan., and Aubrey Hunn of Peoria, Ariz., will attend MC with their full tuition covered.
Dave Barrett, vice president for admissions, said the two were honored as Presidential Scholars, a college scholarship competition including essay writing and personal interviews, with the scholarship amount to McPherson College being based on the competition. During the last academic year, McPherson College named a total of 103 Presidential scholars, a 145 percent increase compared to the previous year.
Barrett said there were many deserving participants, but Kylan and Aubrey stood out.
"We just wanted to recognize two special individuals who we felt represented McPherson College in an exceptional way," Barrett said. "We are excited about having these two students on campus, and we are excited about all of our Presidential Scholarship recipients being on campus in the fall."
Bennett said he was shocked and honored to receive the full-tuition scholarship. The outgoing, friendly people on campus and the close-knit community are what attracted him to MC, he said. He plans to major in biochemistry with the ultimate goal of becoming a chiropractor.
"I'm hoping to go to McPherson and be really active in everything they have to offer," he said. "At McPherson, it seemed like everyone had multiple parts in making the college what it is, so I want to be part of that."
For Hunn, going to McPherson College continues a family tradition – her parents, two aunts, an uncle and her grandfather all are alumni of McPherson College.
"It sunk in when I told my family later that day," she said. "They were crying because they were so excited for me."
Hunn plans to explore and spread her wings at McPherson College as she decides on her major and ultimate career goal. But she's found that McPherson College is the right place to do that.
"I was looking for a place that was friendly and where I fit in," she said. "I found that when I came and visited."