Area eighth- and ninth-graders not already enrolled at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School are encouraged to register for the Wyoming Seminary Scholarship Exam, to be held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the school’s Kingston campus.
For 31 years, Wyoming Seminary has awarded merit scholarships to excellent students who are interested in attending Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier college preparatory school. Up to 10 four-year scholarships will be awarded, including one full tuition scholarship, two two-thirds tuition scholarships, three half-tuition scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships.
These merit scholarships are awarded to students who combine outstanding performance on the competitive exam with a solid record of citizenship and academic and extra-curricular achievement. For each subsequent year while attending Wyoming Seminary, these students receive the same amount.
Interested students must complete the Sem Scholarship application by Friday, January 27, 2012 and register for the exam. There is no registration fee.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, registration will be at 9:00 a.m. and the exam will be given at 9:30 a.m. at the Upper School campus. During the exam, parents are encouraged to attend a discussion led by Harvie Ruggles, Wyoming Seminary’s Director of College Guidance, on how to maximize their students’ chances for college opportunities. Parents may also attend the Sem Student Showcase, to see examples of student academic and artistic accomplishments, and to attend a financial aid session titled “Options Beyond the Sem Scholarship.”
Following the exam, prospective families are invited to join current students and faculty for the President’s Luncheon, hosted by Dr. Kip Nygren. The afternoon will end with campus tours; admission representatives will also be available to meet with families.
Twenty-four current Sem students are recipients of the Wyoming Seminary Scholarship: seniors Bethany Brody of Edwardsville, Ali Ahmed of Mountain Top, Brandon Rome of Shavertown, Logan May of Dallas and Brendan Larar of Waverly; juniors Jason Curtis and Lauren Fernandez of Dallas, Devin Holmes of Fleetville, Tyler Martin of Shavertown, Dakota Pace of Lake Ariel and Henry Smith of Mountain Top; sophomores Nada Bader and Jonathan Zirnheld of Mountain Top, Ava Alexander and Reilly Breig of Dalton, Salvadore Diaz of Avoca, Noah Brewer-Houghton and Zachary Riegel of Bloomsburg, Gordon Stewart Kiesling of New Canaan, Conn., Lauren Larar of Waverly and Marguerite Wiles of Kennesaw, Ga.; and freshmen Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Celine Guichardan of Drums and Loccharan Sreeharikesan of Scranton.
Sem is an independent coeducational college preparatory school, located in Kingston across the Susquehanna River from Wilkes-Barre, that enrolls 405 boarding and day students in grades nine through 12, and a postgraduate year. Students from 15 states and 20 countries attend Wyoming Seminary, which offers more than 160 courses in all major disciplines, preparing students for 25 Advanced Placement subject exams. Nineteen sports are available for girls and boys, and the school’s field hockey, wrestling and ice hockey programs have earned national rankings. Sem’s outstanding visual and performing arts program offers vocal and instrumental music, theater, dance and fine arts opportunities. Sem’s college guidance staff members work closely with students, beginning in the sophomore year, to help them identify and apply to the colleges or universities that are the best match for them. In 2011, 54 percent of the graduating class gained admission to “highly” or “most competitive” colleges and universities. In addition to bus service provided by area school districts, the Upper School has bus service in most surrounding areas including Columbia County, the Poconos, Waverly, Scranton and Glenmaura.
For more information regarding the 31st annual Wyoming Seminary Scholarship Exam and to request an application, call the Upper School Office of Admission at (570)270-2160. For more information about Wyoming Seminary, visit the school’s Web site at www.wyomingseminary.org/takethetest.