From New York to California, Queens University of Charlotte's Admissions team traveled across the country to surprise seven lucky high school seniors with news that they are the recipients of a Queens Presidential Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship, Queens' most prestigious, covers four years of full tuition, valued at approximately $120,000.
Back in January, hundreds of students and their parents spent time at Queens for Royal Scholarship Day. They toured campus, experienced what life is like in Charlotte and interviewed for scholarship opportunities.
After careful consideration of all applicants' interviews, essays and extracurricular activities, the Scholarship Committee narrowed the field of 330 applicants to just seven deserving students who they believe will pursue academic excellence and an active life of service.
"It was tough to choose just seven students to receive Presidential Scholarships because the quality of the applicant group was simply outstanding. These seven students are impressive individuals who have accomplished so much already in their young lives. It should be fun to see what they accomplish moving forward."
- Woody O’Cain, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admissions
Students had no idea news of a Presidential Scholarship was on its way. On Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10 while in class at their respective high schools, the awardees were surprised by Queens' admissions counselors as proud parents and the local media looked on.
The seven outstanding awardees are:
- Alana Barnett of Jefferson Forest High School, Forest, VA
- Chessa Beebe of James M. Bennett High School, Salisbury, MD
- Stephanie Bunao of Cato Middle College High School, Charlotte, NC
- Sydney Cash of DeKalb School of the Arts, Atlanta, GA
- Elaina Frantellizzi of Ward Melville High School, Stony Brook, NY
- Carter "CJ" Triana of Pacific Ridge School, San Marcos, CA
- Maria "Mia" Voss of Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Mableton, GA
The Presidential Scholars will head to Queens this fall to start their college journeys. From music therapy to nursing, it's no surprise this driven bunch already has an idea of what they want to focus on while at Queens. Elaina Frantellizzi, for instance, will enroll at Queens and take her first step toward a nursing career.
"I don't know many people who know what they want to do at this age, but I've known for a while," said Frantellizzi. "It's kind of perfect, I couldn't be happier about this."