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2011 Top Academic Scholarship Recipients Announced

Four students have been selected to receive Meredith College’s top academic awards, the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship and the Meredith College Presidential Scholarship.

Monique Kreisman, of Dallas, N.C., Rebecca Shafer, of Cary, N.C., and Alyssa Zsido, of Proctor, Vt., are the 2011 recipients 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, demonstrated high school and community leadership ability, and strong communication skills.

Alumnae Legacy Scholars
Monique Kreisman is a senior at Highland School of Technology. She is the daughter of Steven Kreisman, of Charlotte, N.C., and Joann Scruggs, of Dallas, N.C. Kreisman plans to study history at Meredith, in preparation for a career in law. She has participated in Mock Trial at her school, and was a regional winner and two-time state runner-up in mock trial competitions, served as student government secretary and president of Future Business Leaders of America. She was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

Rebecca Shafer is a senior at Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C. She is the daughter of Barry Shafer of Cary, N.C., and the late Elisabeth Shafer. She plans to major in art education and pursue a career as a teacher. She has been a member of Key Club, French Club, Environmental Club, a Band/Color Guard Squad Leader, a freshman mentor and member of the Girl Scouts Executive Board and Cary Teen Council.

Alyssa Zsido is a senior at Proctor Senior High. She is the daughter of Michele Britain, of Proctor, Vt. Her academic interests are liberal arts, mathematics and education. She is a National Honor Society member, and her high school activities include Future Business Leaders of America, Peer Leader, Drama Club, Women’s Choir and Rock Climbing Team.

Established and funded by Meredith College alumnae, the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship is the highest honor available to an entering freshman 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.

Presidential Scholar
Mindie Stanford, of Holly Springs, N.C. is the recipient of the Meredith College Presidential Scholarship. She is a senior at Fuquay-Varina High School. Stanford is the daughter of Brian and Kellie Stanford of Holly Springs, N.C. She plans to enroll in Meredith’s Dual Degree Engineering program, through which she will earn a mathematics degree from Meredith and an engineering degree from NC State University. She is a member of the National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society and served as president of the National Technical Honors Society. She has participated in Key Club as vice president, Future Teachers of America as president, and as a member of the school’s track and field team and Peer Tutoring Program.

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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Date Submitted: 2011-05-19

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