Five Incoming Freshmen Selected as Presidential Scholars

Mar. 14, 2016

Five Incoming Freshmen Selected as Presidential Scholars
A group photo of all of the finalists for the Presidential Scholarship

ST. LOUIS – Webster University named five high school students as the 2016 Presidential Scholarship recipients. The Presidential Scholarship is the largest academic scholarship offered to any student at Webster University and covers the full cost of tuition during four-years as an undergraduate student.

John McKissack, 17, of Memphis, Tennessee, Kathleen Schmidt, 18, of Labadie, Missouri, Kelli MacLauchlin, 17, of Danville, Kentucky, Miles Minnaar, 18, of Carmel, Indiana, and Taylor Dedic, 17, of Fenton, Missouri were all named recipients. The five awardees boast an average GPA of 4.26 and an average ACT of 31.4. All are expected to start at Webster in fall 2016.

The Presidential Scholarship is a comprehensive full-tuition award for outstanding undergraduate students who enroll at Webster as first-time freshmen. Awards for 2016-2017 will be valued at more than $105,000 over four years. The scholarship is annually renewable, provided they maintain a scholarship of 3.5 or higher while at Webster. The scholarship can be used on the St. Louis campus and at Webster’s international campuses while studying abroad.

More than 150 incoming students applied for the scholarship. Thirty-two finalists were selected based upon demonstrated academic excellence, involvement with school and community and capacity for future contributions as a student leader at Webster University.

Finalists interviewed with faculty, staff and current Presidential Scholars, as well as completed an onsite essay during the Presidential Scholarship Competition hosted by President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and the Office of Admission on Webster’s campus on Saturday, Feb. 13. Finalists and their families also attended various interactive sessions to learn more about Webster’s tradition of academic distinction and dynamic student life.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. 

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