News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 11, 2013

GPAs: Published July 11, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced about 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2013 competition to about 4,500.

Semifinalists represented less than 1 percent of the nation’s seniors. To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists first had to advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance.

The Wabash Valley recipient is:

• Morgan N. Cook, Terre Haute North Vigo High School, National Merit Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scholarship, probable career field: computer science.

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Four hundred eighty-four students have been named to the Union University Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Area students on the list are:

• Samantha Tucker, of Chrisman, Ill.

• Tayler Terry, of Hutsonville, Ill.

Union University in Jackson, Tenn., was founded in 1823 and is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, focusing on Christ-centered teaching and learning. Union offers liberal arts training in more than 100 majors and programs of study, along with professional programs in business, education and nursing.


Anderson University has announced its dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point averageof 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

Local students named to the dean’s list from Terre Haute include:

• Hing Sing Chan

• Aaron Joseph Hoff

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students.


At Iowa State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on May 10, 3,769 students received degrees. Iowa State awarded 3,144 undergraduate degrees, 357 master’s degrees, 141 veterinary medicine degrees and 127 doctor of philosophy degrees.

The Wabash Valley student honored during the ceremony was:

• Carrielle Delora Cofax, of Terre Haute, master’s degree in education


Fontbonne University awarded degrees and honors at its May commencement ceremony on May 18.

The following area student was honored at the ceremony:

• Danielle Pond, of Terre Haute, bachelor’s degree in dietetics

Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education in St. Louis, offering liberal arts and professional programs.


Amber Maness, senior at Terre Haute North High School, has received a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College/Catholic Charities Terre Haute scholarship to pursue her college degree at The Woods.

Maness faced family challenges through a series of moves that resulted in her living with her grandparents.

“Even though there are several negative things that have occurred in my life, I try to focus on the good things,” she said. “By doing community service at the Catholic Charities, I have seen people that are much less fortunate than me. I have a family that loves me and would do anything they could to help me. So I am thankful for the things that I do have.”

John Etling, agency director of Catholic Charities Terre Haute, said, “I think it is safe to say that most young people these days are going to encounter some adversity in their lives, and this is certainly the case here.”

Selection of the full-tuition scholarship award campus, online or graduate programs is based on the recommendation of the Catholic Charities Scholarship Committee. The applicant must meet all SMWC admission requirements. Depending on the program, the value of the scholarship may be up to $110,000. The committee selected Maness based on her written essay, application, letter of recommendation and interview.

“Amber has shown that she is a strong community leader with a big future,” said Amanda Springstead, associate director of admission at SMWC. She displays the drive and a commitment to education, which makes her a good candidate for this scholarship.”

Maness plans to use her family challenges to help others, as she majors in human services beginning in the fall.

“When I see people that need help, it reminds me why it is important for me to further my education by going to college,” she said. “Also it reminds me why I want to be a social worker. I would like the opportunity to help people like me, and I believe that I would understand people’s situations better than most.”

Established in 2011, the scholarship is designed to help clients of Catholic Charities, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to further their education to earn a degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

For more information, visit www.CatholicCharities or call 812-232-1447.