High School Students to Compete for Full-Tuition Scholarships to Gannon

Posted: February 4, 2017

Nearly 100 high school seniors from as far away as California and Oregon will come to Gannon University on Feb. 4 in hopes of being awarded one of up to 10 full-tuition scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded at the invitation- only event to be held in the Center for Advanced Engineering, 130 W. Eighth St.

Each student will make a short presentation about what they hope to achieve in their personal and professional life after college graduation. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, a photo, drawing, poem or collage. In addition, students will briefly explain how their submission demonstrates what they hope to achieve at Gannon. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, originality, relevance, presentation and explanation.

Following a 15-minute interview with a panel of judges drawn from Gannon faculty, students will have the opportunity to tour campus and meet with representatives of the Honors Program and the Student Development and Engagement, Residence Life and Financial Aid departments. Their stay will conclude with a presidential luncheon at which students can meet with Gannon faculty, staff and current students.

One of the eight students who won a full-tuition scholarship at the 2016 competition is first-year biomedical engineering major Sam Rubaker of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania. Dressed in his high school band uniform, Rubaker played drums with one hand, then two hands to dramatize his goal of designing and building prosthetic limbs.

"Good, or bad, I knew I would be remembered," Rubaker said. "After I finished my presentation, I saw that I completely left out a section of my speech, but apparently it didn't matter. A week later I got a call and and when I saw the number was from Erie, my heart was racing. It was definitely an exciting moment for me."

This year, students from California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas have entered the full-tuition scholarship competition. Participants who do not receive a full-tuition award will receive an additional $1,500 financial aid award for their participation.