Among the members of Meredith’s incoming Class of 2016 are three students who have earned the College’s top academic awards, the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship and the Meredith College Presidential Scholarship. These students are also part of the largest group of Honors students in Meredith’s history.
Tia Joyce, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., is the 2012 recipient of the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship, Meredith’s only full, four-year, merit-based scholarship. The recipients of this full scholarship are selected based on merit, including superior standardized test scores, academic achievement, high school and community leadership ability, and strong communication skills.
Joyce graduated from Wilkes Central High School in Wilkesboro, N.C. She plans to major in mathematics at Meredith and pursue a teacher licensure. Her career goal is to teach secondary mathematics.
One of her favorite teachers, a Meredith alumna, suggested Joyce explore her alma mater.
“Because of her I could already see first-hand Meredith’s ability to educate and transform exceptional women,” Joyce said. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that Meredith was the school of my dreams. I knew Meredith was a college of integrity, excellence and opportunity. I couldn’t pass that up.”
Established and funded by Meredith College alumnae, the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship is the highest honor available to entering freshmen at Meredith. Additional benefits of the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship include international study, leadership training, enrichment programs and mentoring. The Alumnae Legacy Scholarship is named in honor of the Meredith College alumnae who have led the fundraising effort to create Meredith’s first full scholarship.
Megan Luke, of Huntersville, N.C., and Mollie Melton, of Raleigh, N.C., are the recipients of the Meredith College Presidential Scholarship.
Megan Luke graduated from Hickory Grove Christian School. She plans to enroll in Meredith’s Engineering Dual Degree partnership with NC State University. Luke played JV and varsity soccer and basketball, serving as soccer captain in her junior and senior years. She will also play soccer at Meredith.
Luke said Meredith is a perfect fit, because she will be able to play soccer while completing the Meredith/NC State dual degree engineering program.
“It offers me everything I was looking for from a college, and I didn’t think that was possible,” Luke said. “The faculty and staff at Meredith are all so great, and I can tell they genuinely care about me as a person.”
Mollie Melton, who completed a homeschool program, is the founder and president of “Lost in a Good Book” After-School Reading Program, which she created with a grant from the NC Community Foundation in 2009.
Melton is interested in both an English major and an environmental sustainability major.
“I love literature, and I am very interested in studying how science relates to other things, such as economics and policy,” said Melton. “I liked Meredith because it has the programs I’m interested in and the opportunity to study abroad, but I also just felt like I could be at home here.”
Presidential Scholars, like Alumnae Legacy Scholars, represent the top tier of honors students at Meredith College. The selection of Meredith College Presidential Scholarship recipients is based on merit, including superior academic achievement, intellectual promise and leadership ability.
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