Potsdam High School Senior Awarded SUNY Potsdam’s Most Prestigious Scholarship

Friday, May 7, 2010, 11:46 am

POTSDAM – A Potsdam High School senior is one of five students awarded SUNY Potsdam’s most prestigious scholarship. This year’s recipients include Katja McCall, a graduate of Potsdam Central High School, who expects to major in biology.

“This is the most prestigious scholarship SUNY Potsdam offers to its incoming freshmen and these students are well deserving of this honor,” said College President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “These students have proven themselves to be remarkable leaders and we are confident that they will be an asset to the Class of 2014.”

“A strong overall work ethic, service to community, spirit of volunteerism, participation in extracurricular organizations and leadership in and out of the classroom are all traits that these five students excelled in. They are a perfect fit for the SUNY Potsdam community and the handcrafted education we provide,” said Director of Admissions Thomas Nesbitt. “These students represent the best of what we are looking for in an applicant. The competition for the Emmons Scholarship is fierce every year, and I look forward to the contributions this group will make to our campus and our community.”

The Mt. Emmons Scholarship is renewable for three additional years of undergraduate study, as long as students maintain a 3.25 minimum grade point average. The College awards the scholarship based on academic excellence as measured by the high school grade point average in conjunction with standardized test scores, leadership, community service, extracurricular activities, employment history, letters of recommendation and an interview.

Each year, SUNY Potsdam considers the top 1 percent of its applicant pool as possible recipients of the Mt. Emmons Scholarship. This year, there were 80 eligible students who met the criteria to be considered, Nesbitt said. After a thorough review and on-campus interviews, the College selected five recipients.

Courtesy of North Country Now