High School Students to Compete for Full-Tuition Scholarships to Gannon
Posted: February 4, 2017
Nearly 100 high school seniors from as far away as California
and Oregon will come to Gannon University on Feb. 4 in hopes of
being awarded one of up to 10 full-tuition scholarships. The
scholarships will be awarded at the invitation- only event to be
held in the Center for Advanced Engineering, 130 W. Eighth St.
Each student will make a short presentation about what they hope
to achieve in their personal and professional life after college
graduation. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, a
photo, drawing, poem or collage. In addition, students will briefly
explain how their submission demonstrates what they hope to achieve
at Gannon. Submissions will be judged based on creativity,
originality, relevance, presentation and explanation.
Following a 15-minute interview with a panel of judges drawn
from Gannon faculty, students will have the opportunity to tour
campus and meet with representatives of the Honors Program and the
Student Development and Engagement, Residence Life and Financial
Aid departments. Their stay will conclude with a presidential
luncheon at which students can meet with Gannon faculty, staff and
One of the eight students who won a full-tuition scholarship at
the 2016 competition is first-year biomedical engineering major Sam
Rubaker of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania. Dressed in his high school
band uniform, Rubaker played drums with one hand, then two hands to
dramatize his goal of designing and building prosthetic limbs.
"Good, or bad, I knew I would be remembered," Rubaker said.
"After I finished my presentation, I saw that I completely left out
a section of my speech, but apparently it didn't matter. A week
later I got a call and and when I saw the number was from Erie, my
heart was racing. It was definitely an exciting moment for me."
This year, students from California, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania and Texas have entered the full-tuition scholarship
competition. Participants who do not receive a full-tuition award
will receive an additional $1,500 financial aid award for their