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7 Receive Over $1 Million in Merit Scholarships
Posted 05/18/2012 12:00PM

To date, the Class of 2012 has received over $3 million in college scholarships. In all, 41 of 93 seniors have been awarded scholarships. Seven of these seniors are standouts because the scholarships they received are some of the most prestigious in the country and total over $1 million.

Sowmya Mangipudi is the 6th GDS recipient of the Robertson Scholarship since 2003. Valued at $85,000, the Robertson Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Half of the scholars enroll at Duke, the other half at Carolina. All the students take courses on both campuses. The scholarship provides full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for scholars on both campuses. These scholars also receive a laptop and funding for up to two study abroad semesters.

Edward Sapp received Tulane University’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship, valued at $108,000. Presidential Scholars are named solely based on academic merit. The most awarded per year is $27,000, renewable for four years.

Vanderbilt University only awards 250 scholarships per year, and Cameron Lemley received the most prestigious of them. Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, intellectual promise, and leadership and contribution outside the classroom. Valued at $155,808, this scholarship includes full tuition, plus a one-time stipend to be used towards a summer study abroad or research experience usually following their sophomore or junior year.

Matheson Brady was awarded an $80,000 Charter Scholarship at the University of Georgia. Charter Scholarship recipients are incoming first-year undergraduates with stellar academic records, leadership and community involvement, and a respect for and commitment to intellectual, social and cultural diversity. Usually the top six to eight percent of entering first-year students are named Charter Scholars.

David Burick was awarded an $80,500 Cooper Scholarship to the University of South Carolina. Freshman recipients of the Cooper Scholars award generally present an average SAT score of 1444 on critical reading and math sections combined (or ACT composite score of 32) and an average weighted GPA of 4.43.

Aqeelah Tarver was awarded $96,000 for a Liberal Studies Scholarship to New York University, and Evelyn Milford was awarded the Alumni & Friends Scholarship at Brendeis University, valued at $169, 680.

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