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Five Clarkson University Clarkson School Students Receive Presidential Scholar Awards

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This semester, Clarkson University’s Clarkson School welcomed to campus its largest class in more than ten years. Five of the students who enrolled in this early college program received the Clarkson School Presidential Scholar award.

Left to right: Clayton Newkirk, Thomas Newkirk, Ethan Miller and Danielle Faivus with Clarkson University President Tony Collins. Not present for photo: Palmer Lao.Each year, only five scholars are chosen to receive this $60,000 ($15,000 per year) award. Recipients are selected based upon their high school GPA, standardized test scores, and extracurricular involvement.

This year’s scholars were Danielle Faivus, a biology major from Oswego, N.Y.; Palmer Lao, university studies, Houma, La.; Ethan  Miller, software engineering, Cape Vincent, N.Y.; Clayton Newkirk, civil engineering, Niskayuna, N.Y.; and Thomas Newkirk, environmental engineering, Niskayuna, N.Y.             

The Clarkson School is unlike any other early college entrance program, in that it provides exceptional high school students with a full academic year of residency-based interdisciplinary education, typically before they would have graduated high school.

Students are considered first-year undergraduates, taking a full course load alongside other Clarkson University freshmen. At the same time, Clarkson School students are immersed in a supportive residence environment with specialized programs and activities that bridge the transition between high school and college.

Since Clarkson School students enter Clarkson University as fully matriculated first-year students, they have access to all University facilities, participate in clubs/organizations, can join a varsity sports team, and earn up to 32 college credits.

Students who finish the academic year in good standing may automatically continue as sophomores at Clarkson, or move onto other top colleges and universities around the country, taking the college credits earned for evaluation. 

Clarkson School students have the best of both worlds -- access to all the resources and amenities of a nationally ranked university, with separate residential facilities, and a faculty and staff dedicated to meeting their unique individual and collective needs.

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Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Five Clarkson University Clarkson School students have received Presidential Scholar Awards. Left to right: Clayton Newkirk, Thomas Newkirk, Ethan Miller and Danielle Faivus with Clarkson University President Tony Collins. Not present for photo: Palmer Lao.

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