LEXINGTON, Ky.—Twenty students have been awarded Transylvania University's William T. Young Scholarship. Student applicants participate in a highly competitive process based on grades and test scores, extracurricular activities, a written essay and a personal interview. Each scholarship covers tuition and the general fee for four years.
The 2011 William T. Young Scholars are academically very strong, with an average ACT of 33, SAT of 1400 and high school GPA of 3.98. Five are National Merit Finalists, eight are ranked in the top one percent of their class and 17 are alumni of the Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program. This year's recipients are also involved in the arts, particularly music and theater, and volunteer in their communities. Over half also participate in athletics at their high schools.
The program is named in honor of the late William T. Young, former chairman of Transylvania's board of trustees and a Lexington civic leader and businessman.
Cordelia Addington (Louisville, Ky., JM Atherton High School)
Aimee Ashcraft (Springboro, Ohio, Bishop Fenwick High School)
John Blankenship (Benton, Ky., Marshall County High School)
Rachel Burns (Manchester, Ky., Clay County High School)
Alexis Carey (Mount Washington, Ky., Bullitt East High School)
John Carter (Pikeville, Ky., Pikeville High School)
Lauren Gallenstein (Winchester, Ky., George Rogers Clark High School)
Richard Hall (Burlington, Ky., Conner Senior High School)
Elizabeth Hardt (Louisville, Ky., Holy Cross High School)
Jesse Johnson (Lawrenceburg, Ky., Anderson County High School)
Nashwin Laungani (Lexington, Ky., Paul Laurence Dunbar High School)
Hanna Leatherman (Versailles, Ky., Woodford County High School)
Jessica Mahoney (Hebron, Ky., Conner Senior High School)
Rachel Morgan (Midway, Ky., Woodford County High School)
Rebecca Radcliffe (Lawrenceburg, Ky., Anderson County High School)
Emily Salemi (Hampstead, North Carolina, North Carolina School of Science and Math)
Rachel Smith (Mayfield, Ky., Graves County High School)
Donovan Sowder (Berea, Ky., Madison Souther High School)
Robert Weiler (Rabbit Hash, Ky., Randall K. Cooper High School)
Michaelah Wilburn (Rush, Ky., Boyd County High School)
Transylvania, founded in 1780, is the nation's sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.