Liz Murphy, a Carroll High School student from Huntertown, recently received one of two full-tuition scholarships from Grace College’s Presidential Scholarship Days. The annual competition for high-achieving high school seniors awards more than $2.5 million in scholarships. Presidential Scholarship Days are one facet of the financial aid program at Grace College, which provides institutional financial aid to 99% of its students.
Dr. Mark Pohl, associate vice president of enrollment management and financial aid, said Presidential Scholarship Days were a resounding success this year.
“Grace has received a record-high number of enrollment deposits for fall 2021, and these scholars are a big part of it,” he said. “More than half of the scholars have already submitted their enrollment deposit and intend to enroll at Grace College this fall.”
For the first time in school history, the scholarship days transpired over five different Fridays in order to avoid large gatherings. As a result, the 2021 competition was the largest of all time, welcoming 210 student scholars to Grace’s campus. Murphy and Nicolas Luna of Warsaw were selected as the top award winners overall.
“I feel honored, grateful, and joyful for this blessing,” Murphy said. “But most of all, I feel so at peace because I have seen God’s mighty hand working in my story, and His faithfulness never fails to amaze me. I am so excited for my time at Grace.”
Murphy plans to major in elementary education and minor in biblical studies.
Presidential Scholarship Days are for students who meet two or more of the following criteria: 3.7 GPA, top 25% class rank and 1,230 SAT or 26 ACT. Scholarships range from $15,000 per year to full tuition, and all attendees receive a minimum of $1,000 per year.
This year’s competing scholars came from 15 states and five countries. Their average high school GPA was 4.03.
The event schedule kicked off with an optional lunch and campus tour. The scholars then attended a student life panel before participating in 20-minute interviews with Grace College professors. The day continued with academic group meetings and wrapped up with a formal dinner where guests heard from Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip.