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Clarkson University's Adirondack Scholars Award To Recognize Outstanding North Country Students With $24,000 Scholarships

For the second consecutive year, Clarkson University will honor the best and brightest students in the North Country (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties) with the Adirondack Scholars Award.

“Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in the number of high quality students from the North Country who are interested in Clarkson,” says Nicole M. Ashley, director of New Student Financial Assistance.  “The University wanted a way to recognize these students.”

The $24,000 award was created to recognize students from the North Country for their hard work and commitment to academics. In order to be eligible for the award, students must:

§  Reside in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren or Washington County.

§  Have an overall high-school average of 90

§  Have an on-campus interview with an admission staff member

§  Submit a personal essay along with the application for admission.  The essay should include a brief statement (250-500 words) describing a special interest, experience or achievement of special importance or meaning.  Candidates are then reviewed by the Undergraduate and New Student Financial Assistance Committee.  Scholarship recipients will receive $6,000 per year once they enroll at Clarkson

§  Students must meet these criteria by March 1.

According to Ashley, 87 freshmen award winners from 1999 are currently enrolled on campus.  Some of last year’s winners say the award has been of great help.

Freshman Vanessa M. Jeffery, a pre-physical therapy major from Canton, says the award has opened doors for her.  “The Adirondack Scholar Award has been an enormous blessing to me this year,” she says.  “When I had heard that I won it I was so happy that all the years of hard work in high school had finally paid off.  This award has given me the chance to experience an academic challenge, play Division III lacrosse with a group of wonderful girls, meet people with so much cultural background to offer, and have the time of my life.” 

Erika L. Johnson has found the award to be a great motivational tool.  “It has also helped me set a grade standard for my first year,” says the biology major from Malone.  “With something to strive for it has helped me keep my grades up.”

Johnson says she likes the idea of Clarkson helping North Country students realize their goal of attending college.  “I think this scholarship is a great idea,” she says.  “No matter how much your parents make, you spend what you have…This has allowed local students to consider a great college that’s relatively close to home

Winning the award helped sway Hanna M. Prutzman, a biology major from Norwood, to attend Clarkson. “I always wanted to go here since I participated in the Horizons program,” says Prutzman.  “This school was my first choice and since I got the aid I needed I was able to come here.  It makes Clarkson more affordable to North Country students and it gives them a chance to come here and not have to settle for another college if Clarkson is their main choice.”

For high-school seniors still considering Clarkson, time is running out. The deadline to meet the criteria is March 1. Ashley says interested candidates can get more information on the award by calling the Clarkson Admission Office at 315-268-6479 or 800-527-6577.

“I would hate to see a student not be able to attend college because of the high cost,” says Jeffery.  “For students in the North Country who have worked hard all through high school, this award puts everything into perspective. There is so much here to offer in every field of life.  I hope that this award can do as much for another student as it has done for me.”

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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