This year, 17 members of the Classes of 2011 were awarded Trustee Scholarships and Richard H. Hersh Scholarships. The awards are among the highest merit-based prizes bestowed on entering first-year students and reward a history of significant academic achievement.
Requirements for these scholarships are rigorous. Applicants must pass a review by the Committee on Admissions and meet one of these criteria: a combined SAT score of 1250 or higher (in critical reading and mathematics), a composite ACT score of 28 or higher, ranking in the top 10 percent of their class or have earned a cumulative average of 90 percent or above.
The following members of the Classes of 2011 were named recipients of the award, which provides $20,000 toward their annual educational expenses: Christina E. Amestoy of Waterbury Center, Vt.; Michael L. Barlow Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kathryn E. Bowering of Pittsford, N.Y.; Jason R. Braverman of East Setauket, N.Y.; Caleb O. Campbell of Colton, N.Y.; Madeline E. Caryl of Indian Trail, N.C.; Tyler H. Cheney of Cornwall, Conn.; Faith R. Cleveland of Rochester, N.Y.; Jessica G. Greger of Pine City, N.Y.; Eli J. Levine of New London, Conn.; John F. Monaghan of New Hartford, N.Y.; Serita VanOrden Randall of Bloomfield, N.Y.; Samantha R. Tripoli of Mannsville, N.Y., Amanda K. Ward of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ashley M. P. Yang of Pittsford, N.Y.
In addition, two distinguished students — Robert D. Taylor of Merchantville, N.J., and Deirdre M. Wholly of Bangor, Maine — were recognized as Hersh Scholars. The prize is given to one Hobart and one William Smith student who have exceptionally strong academic records, substantial extracurricular involvement and a dedication to community service. The Hersh Scholarship, named in honor of Richard H. Hersh, president of these Colleges from 1991 to 1999, covers full tuition and fees.