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High school seniors visit campus for Presidential Scholarship competition

Presidential Scholarship contenders pose at Watkins Student Center.

Erskine College welcomed some 90 outstanding high school seniors to the campus Saturday for the first round of this year’s Presidential Scholarship competition.

The Presidential Scholarship is named in honor of the 16 presidents who have served Erskine College since the school’s founding in 1839.

The scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and fees, minus any state, federal, and outside scholarships or grants. The value of the scholarship over four years is approximately $170,000. It is renewable for four years of study, and requires the recipient to maintain an Erskine GPA of 3.0 and to uphold the ideals and standards of Erskine College.

Saturday’s schedule included opportunities to meet members of the college faculty, an opening program in Bowie Chapel, interview sessions, a financial aid workshop for familes, a scholarship luncheon, and campus tours.

Each student participated in one hour-long group interview, with four or five students and two interviewers in each group.

Thirty students from the group will be invited back to attend the finals competition in February.

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