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Finger Lakes Scholars Program Attracts High Schoolers

On Thursday, May 22, approximately 275 highly apt high school juniors from the surrounding area visited HWS for the Finger Lakes Scholars Program. Recommended by their guidance or college counselors, these local students are the best and brightest of their high school classes and were invited to the Colleges to get a jump on the application process. Registration began at 9:30 a.m. in the Library, followed by an opening speech and welcome in Albright Auditorium at 9:45 a.m. Bill Warder, regional coordinator of admissions for Upstate New York, addressed the students and briefly explained the events of the day. With various tools, such as mock applications, students were eased into the college admissions process through Classroom Sessions, which were held at various locations from 10 a.m. till 11:15 a.m. A luncheon and recognition of the Scholars was held in Comstock Dining Hall, followed by campus tours. Finger Lakes Scholars Program participants have the opportunity to be awarded a renewable $5,000 to $17,000 merit-based scholarship if they enroll at HWS. To be awarded the scholarship, interested students must apply for admission to HWS by Feb. 1 of their senior year, be accepted for admission, maintain their rank in the top 10 percent of their class (or the equivalent) and have a 93 average or above (or the equivalent). No separate application is necessary for the Finger Lakes Scholarship. Winners are selected by the Committee on Admissions based on the eligibility requirements outlined above. Students are still eligible for consideration for other merit-based scholarships and for need-based financial aid.