Webster University Doubles the Number of Incoming Presidential Scholars

Jun. 7, 2017

Webster University Doubles the Number of Incoming Presidential Scholars
Webster University has doubled the number of Presidential Scholarships, reflecting the University's commitment to academic excellence.

ST. LOUIS – Webster University has doubled the number of students receiving Presidential Scholarships, a full-tuition award that is the largest academic scholarship offered to any student at the institution. Ten students were named Presidential Scholars this week, the largest group in the history of the award.

This year’s honorees represent incoming students to every school and college at Webster.  The doubling of awardees is a result of University leadership making a commitment to heighten the diversity and academic credentials of our students and further expand our mission of offering access to a quality education.

“I look forward to the contributions this year’s exceptional class of Presidential Scholars will make to our academic community,” said President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “Their record of achievement has merited Webster’s investment in their education, and we know that they will continue to excel as campus leaders and scholars.”

This year’s awardees are:

  • Christian Deters, Teutopolis, Illinois. Accounting
  • Hannah Emerson, Kansas City, Missouri. International Relations
  • Zoey Fleisher, St. Louis, Missouri. Music Education
  • Hanna Holthaus, Jackson, Missouri. International Relations
  • Philip Irving, Black Jack, Missouri. Film, TV and Video Production
  • Jeremy Jacobs, Stilwell, Kansas. Music Direction
  • Josephine Kogbara, Florissant, Missouri. Computer Science
  • Emma Larson, Bellevue, Nebraska. Education: Secondary English
  • Alycia Martin, Overland Park, Kansas. Stage Management
  • Anna Rickard, St. Louis, Missouri. English

The 10 awardees boast an average GPA of 4.11 and exceptionally strong standardized test scores.

The Presidential Scholarship is a comprehensive full-tuition award for outstanding undergraduate students who enroll at Webster as first-time freshmen. Awards for 2017-2018 will be valued at more than $110,000 over four years. The scholarship is annually renewable, provided students maintain a cumulative GPA 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 100 incoming students applied for the scholarship. Thirty-twofinalists 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 earlier this year. 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 (www.webster.edu) 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 nearly 16,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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