TC selects first Leadership students

Tabor College has selected the inaugural recipients of the Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarship and the first class of Presidential Leadership Fellows.

Trent Vogt, Claremore, Okla., Ryan Jorgenson, Centennial, Colo., Marissa Hiett, Dinuba, Calif., and Courtney Erwin, Canyon, Texas, are the four recipients of the $64,000 scholarships.

These students will participate in a four-year leadership laboratory designed to develop young people into effective and skilled leaders for the next generation.

Also announced were alternates Katy Abramowich of Inverness, Fla., and Andrea Acker. These individuals were awarded $1,500 scholarships.

Ninteen finalists were involved in the selection process. The 13 who were not selected for the scholarship form the first class of Leadership Fellows. Among those 13 are Becky Faber and Matt Wiebe of Hillsboro.

Tabor College President Jules Glanzer said these are students of exceptional caliber.

?We are excited that these outstanding student leaders will be spending the next four years on our Tabor campus,? he said. ?These are young people with integrity, heart and a passion to serve. It will be a pleasure to welcome them to our community, interact with them and watch them grow and develop into outstanding leaders.?

Linda Cantwell, vice-president for enrollment management, and chair of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship Council, orchestrated the selection weekend Feb. 19-20.

?We enjoyed having the finalists on our campus and that they had the opportunity to interact with our current students, faculty and staff,? Cantwell said. ?We were excited to host such well-rounded, high-caliber students that expressed interest in a wide variety of academic areas through this search.?

During the immersive four-year program, Presidential Leadership Scholars will experience personal mentoring by Glanzer, have the opportunity to travel with him to professional seminars, network with business, industry and political leaders as well as serve the Tabor College student population while pursuing academic achievements in the classroom.

The class of Leadership Fellows will experience mentoring by Glanzer, develop leadership skills through regular meetings and discussions with class members and serve the Tabor College student population while pursuing academic achievements in the classroom.

The Tabor College Presiden?tial Leadership Scholarship program was initiated earlier this year, with the first class fellows coming to the campus in the fall.

The selection process included an extensive application. From that group, 19 finalists were invited to the Hillsboro campus to participate in a competitive process that evaluated their skills of public speaking, writing, group problem-solving and interactions with other students.

More information about the Presidential Leader?ship Scholarship program is available at

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