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Scholarship Semifinalists

Three Cardinal Gibbons High School seniors recently qualified as semifinalists in prestigious scholarship programs at two area colleges. 

Alex Longo and Sarah Meyer were among 390 students named semifinalists in NC State University’s 2017 Park Scholarships Program. According to NC State, Longo and Meyer were selected based on “outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.”  Katie Lawson was among 240 students who were named semifinalists in UNC Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are selected based on four basic criteria: scholarship, leadership, character, and physical vigor, according to UNC-Chapel Hill.

"Both the Morehead-Cain and Park are competitive and prestigious scholarship competitions selecting approximately 17% and 18% of nominated applicants as semifinalists, respectively," said Gibbons College Counselor Susan Ellis. "Being a semifinalist speaks to the accomplishments, talent, and character of our students. We are very proud of and excited for Sarah, Alex, and Katie as they move forward in the selection process."

The Park Scholarships Program will award approximately 35 scholarships this year to high school seniors for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship Program provides a full four-year scholarship and four summer experiences to 60-70 students every year.

Asked about being nominated as semifinalists the three Gibbons students said:

“Being named a semifinalist is such a great honor,” said Sarah who hopes to study industrial design and sculpture in college.

Alex said his first thoughts were of gratitude. “Being nominated as a semifinalist is an immense privilege… and a reflection of the incredible network of people who have supported me…”  He said he currently plans to study physics in college, but also believes “in keeping an open mind” to other possible majors.

“When I heard I was a semifinalist I was very humbled,” said Katie. “I feel blessed God has opened this door for me and am excited to see what comes next.” She hopes to study biomedical engineering in college.

All three seniors pointed to the supportive learning environment at Gibbons – from inspiring educators and challenging classes to an abundance of resources and leadership and service opportunities - as a key factor that has helped them in their academic journey.

“The school,” noted Longo, “doesn’t just value good grades or objective achievements; it also focuses on building character and on bringing out faith, service, and leadership in each and every student.”

This year’s scholars in both programs will be announced in the spring. Congratulations to all three of our students.

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