Paul Smith’s college students compete for scholarships through competitive challenges

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This is not your mother’s scholarship competition. Most scholarship boards ask for a 500-word essay describing the student’s hopes and dreams. At Paul Smith’s College, the only four-year college in the Adirondacks, the Presidential Scholarship will be awarded based on a more active and competitive scale.

On Nov. 16, incoming students of Paul Smith’s College will have an opportunity to earn the Presidential Scholarship, an award ranging from $1,000 to the full cost of tuition, after competing in a challenge based on their intended major and participating in an interview with the school’s faculty and alumni.

To qualify, students must have been accepted to attend the school by Nov. 6 and meet one of several criteria: a grade point average of 85/100 or 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, an SAT combined score of 1100 or an ACT composite score of 24.

Only one student will be awarded the full tuition scholarship. The other scholarship awards will range anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000, because of other financial aid for which these students may already qualify.

The competition judges are looking for students who exemplify the values of Paul Smith’s College and who excel in their area of interest. Prospective students can go to Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks and compete in culinary, hospitality or environmental challenges. Then they will talk to a board of faculty and alumni about their interest in the school, the programs and why they think they will be successful.

Eligible students were invited to attend the scholarship competition on Oct. 21. This competition is only available to new students. Current Paul Smith’s College students, and transfer students, should contact the Office of Financial Aid for other scholarship opportunities.

About Paul Smith’s College: Paul Smith’s College was founded in 1946 and is the only four-year college in the Adirondacks. The college provides an experiential learning environment, with an interdisciplinary core curriculum and undergraduate programs in forestry, natural resources and recreation; hospitality, resort and culinary management; and the sciences, liberal arts, and business. Paul Smith’s College community, residing in the Adirondack Park, promotes economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

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