HPU To Provide More Than $2 Million In Scholarships For First-Generation Scholars In High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C., May 12, 2009 – High Point University held a press conference on May 12 to announce a new $2,000,000.00 scholarship program for first-generation college-bound students from High Point attending Guilford County Schools. HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein, joined by Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green and High Point Mayor Becky Smothers, made the special announcement in the university?s Slane Student Center. More than 60 people attended the event.

HPU will start this program by awarding two prestigious scholarships valued at $100,000 over a four-year period, beginning in 2010.

“High Point University is committed to giving generously to the City of High Point and its citizens,” says Qubein. “We want to invest in our city?s youth, and $2 million may just be a start.”

“This scholarship announcement represents a wonderful extension of the town-and-gown relationship that the university and the city share,” adds Smothers. “We appreciate High Point University’s interest in making a difference in the lives of talented young people in our community.”

In order to qualify, an applicant must be: the first generation in his or her family to pursue a college degree; a student at a Guilford County school; and a resident within the city limits of High Point. 

This scholarship opportunity will include books and other related expenses during the academic year and is expected to be highly competitive. The awards will be renewable for an additional three years, provided that all academic renewal requirements are met and a clear social record is maintained. 

“This scholarship program will make it possible for some of Guilford County Schools’ finest students to attend High Point University,” Green says. “A university education represents a life-changing opportunity, one that many of these students might not experience without this support. This program represents a remarkable investment in our young people.”

As a part of the application process, each applicant will be required to submit an essay of 500 words or less describing the impact of being the first person from his or her immediate family to attend college, along with the student?s high school academic accomplishments. In addition, each applicant must:

? Demonstrate how he or she is the first among immediate family to attend college;
? Demonstrate financial need as defined by FAFSA;
? Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 from high school;
? Provide a written recommendation from a high school teacher or administrator;
? Have attended a Guilford County school for at least three years prior to graduation;
? Be a United States citizen;
? Meet all of the admissions criteria established by High Point University;
? Possess a record of community service; and
? Demonstrate self-motivation along with academic and leadership potential.

Interested students will be required to submit the following documentation:
? The First Generation Application Materials as listed above;
? An application for admission to High Point University;
? Scores on either the SAT or ACT test; and
? A Guidance Counselor Report Form.

The following high school courses are required for freshman admission to High Point University in the day program:
? English ? four units;
? Mathematics ? three units  (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry required);
? Second Language ? two units (may be waived, since English will be considered as a foreign language for students who speak English as a second language);
? Social Studies ? three units; and
? Science ? three units (two or more of the following: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Physical Science).

In addition to this scholarship program, High Point University gives away more than $12 million in academic and need-based scholarship assistance each year.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Guilford County Schools is the third largest school district in North Carolina, serving more than 71,000 students at 120 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district?s mission is to graduate responsible citizens prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district?s Web site at www.gcsnc.com.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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