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Congratulations, Presidential Scholars!

Charlotte Catholic High School senior Hannah Mixer was so sure she wanted to go to Queens University of Charlotte after graduation that she didn't apply to any other colleges. So, when she found out she'd received a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship from Queens on February 1, she was shocked, grateful, and elated all at the same time.

"When it's right, it's right," said Hannah's mother Debra Mixer, who witnessed her daughter's surprise scholarship delivery at Charlotte Catholic with Hannah's father Thomas Mixer.

Over the weekend, Queens' undergraduate admissions staff surprised seven academic all-stars from across the country with full-tuition awards. The social media landscape was abuzz with activity during that time, as students celebrated the good news with their families and friends.

The honorees were selected from a pool of more than 200 high-performing students from across the United States, who came to campus for in-person interviews in January. They all received varying levels of academic awards, but only a handful were given full-tuition scholarships, according to Associate Vice President and Dean of Admissions Woody O'Cain.

"Presidential Scholars are students who exemplify all that we ultimately seek in a student as displayed through their academic excellence, leadership achievement, service to the community, and potential to make a distinctive difference in our community and world," said O'Cain.

The next round of scholarship interviews takes place at Queens on February 23.



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