Tabor announces winners of presidential scholarships

Tabor College has announced the four recipients of its 2015 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarships Program.

The four prospective students are Alison Nikkel, from Centennial, Colo.; Alyssa Abbott, from Jones, Okla.; Michael Prichard, from Aurora, Colo.; and Cody Kroeker, from Hender?son, Neb.

The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarships Program is the largest and most selective scholarship award available to incoming freshmen.

The four-year, eight-semester program recognizes students who have been leaders in academics, school activities and communities during their high school career.

President Jules Glanzer said the competition for these scholarships was outstanding.

?We had a strong group of candidates and each of them has leadership capacity,? Glanzer said. ?I was impressed with each candidate, which made the selection process difficult.

?I am thrilled to have these four young people become part of the Presiden?tial Leadership Scholars program. Their character and leadership skills will add to the existing group. I consider it an honor to walk with them in the next chapter of their journey.?

In early November, Tabor hosted 20 candidates from Kansas, Colorado, Okla?homa, California and Nebraska.

Students had to meet the following criteria to be eligible: admittance to Tabor College, minimum high school grade-point average of 3.3, minimum ACT composite score of 23 or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1,070.

?I enjoyed meeting so many bright young leaders and look forward to many of them being on our campus next fall,? said Lee Waldron, director of admissions. ?It is always fun to watch them interact with one another throughout the competition. Our future is in good hands.?

The program creates a leadership learning community that provides experiences, networking, exposure, mentoring and literature for young leaders.

These four students will be considered Leadership Scholars. Curriculum for this track involves eight leadership courses taught by Glanzer.

The courses consist of seminars, movies, excursions, book discussions, presidential mentoring and online asynchronous activities.

Emphasis is placed on leading from the inside out, leadership as semiotics and the study of leaders, with a focus on personal leadership development.

A second track of the program is the Leadership Fellows. The Fellows are placed into small groups and assigned a mentor leader. They will plan and participate in one service project per semester. They also will be exposed to engaging leadership resources and experiences throughout the program.

Erin Barocio, director of the Fellows program, said, ?The program is an amazing opportunity for future leaders to learn about themselves and develop leadership skills in many ways. We strive to create a program that allows Fellows to discover who they are as leaders and how they can better influence those around them.?

The PLP Fellows have until March 1 to decide whether to accept a spot in the program, which comes with a scholarship. Those joining the program will work alongside the current Fellows beginning next fall.

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