High School Students Converge at University of Findlay’s Leadership Scholarship Competition for the Chance at a Full Scholarship
High school students from all over converged on the campus of University of Findlay over this past weekend, to take part in the Leadership Scholarship Competition Day. The students broke into groups for various activities, in hopes of showcasing their talents and skillsets, while also engaging with current students.
All students in attendance will earn a $1,500 scholarship, with one student receiving a full scholarship offer. Students competed in games where they tested their memory, critical thinking, and communication skills. In between breakout sessions, students were pulled aside for interviews. During their visit, students also had the opportunity to tour campus and ask questions about UF. “It is a great opportunity to showcase our institution to students that we would love to see attend,” said Nikki Hintze, Assistant Vice President for Admissions.
John Smock is a senior at Botkins High School and is looking to pursue pre-veterinary studies. While he has narrowed down his schools and believes Findlay is going to be his final choice, that didn’t stop the stress from bubbling in. “It’s a little nerve-racking knowing that scholarship money is involved. The group activities have been pretty chill and pretty fun, and not stressful like I thought it would be,” Smock said. When asked why he was making his third visit to campus, he said it was mainly the program, but said the University’s size plays a role as well, “I like how Findlay is not a huge place, but it’s also big enough to where I can still meet people.”
Jared Hill is a senior at Arcadia Local Schools and is currently involved in Millstream’s Teaching Professions program. Hill is torn between UF’s education program, and that of another small private school, but came to the scholarship day to compete for additional money. He echoed the feelings of fellow competitor Smock, saying he was a little nervous. “I was driving in my car on the way here, stressing about the event. ‘What am I going to say?’ ‘How am I going to say it?’ However, when you really get down to it, you’re just interacting with your fellow classmates. We’re all here with a common goal,” Hill said.
While the University of Findlay operates under a rolling admissions process, meaning there is no official deadline, Hintze encourages students to commit as soon as possible, “The earlier the better.”
For those students interested in learning more about the University of Findlay, or looking to schedule a visit of their own, please visit www.findlay.edu.