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St. Lawrence hosted a group of the region's outstanding high school seniors on campus November 3, welcoming 58 of the 84 nominees for the Ausbury/North Country Scholar award for a day. Students each nominated by their school for the honor came from Brockville and Augusta, Ontario, as well as areas throughout Northern New York State, including Canton, Potsdam, Madrid, Granville, Warrensburg, Harrisville and Ticonderoga, for example. The annual event gives nominees, parents, guidance counselors and principals from participating schools an opportunity to meet University faculty, staff and students (including many current Scholars), as well as a chance to see the campus and learn more about the University's programs.

To compete for the award, students must be nominated by their participating high school; each school nominates only one student. Nominees must then submit a completed application to the University by December 1.

Students selected as Augsbury/North Country Scholars are awarded a merit scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years. Nominees who are admitted and decide to enroll at St. Lawrence, but not selected as Scholars, receive a grant of $,7500 per year for four years. Scholar status also includes additional benefits, including priority registration.

Nominees are notified by the University of admission and scholar selection decisions by December 20, but have until May 1 to make their enrollment choice (unless application was made under Early Decision guidelines).

Vice President and Dean of Student Life Marcia L. Petty offered some remarks to open the day's events (read Dean Petty's remarks), and Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Terry Cowdrey gave an overview of admissions and the scholarship process. Following campus tours, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Grant Cornwell spoke to the nominees and their parents, who were joined by approximately 20 current Augsbury/North Country Scholars, 30 guidance counselors and principals from nominating schools and about 20 members of the University faculty.

The afternoon's events included a faculty panel with Assistant Professor of Biology Karin Bodensteiner, Associate Dean for International Intercultural Studies and Professor of English Patricia Alden, Associate Professor of Government Karl Schonberg and Burry Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Robin Lock. Nicole Hinkley '05, of Roxbury, NY, moderated a student panel discussion that featured Augsbury/North Country Scholars Erin Lloyd '05, Corinth, NY; Kristen Ross '05, Altona, NY; and Alexander Sheppard '07, Norwood-Norfolk, NY; as well as Edward Sirlin '04, White River Junction, VT; and Britton Wean '06, Pittsburgh, PA.

Posted: November 10, 2004