Eight students earn UW Trustee's Scholar Awards

(Laramie, Wy0.) - Seventy-two outstanding high school seniors from across Wyoming have been selected to receive the 2016 Trustees' Scholars Award, the University of Wyoming's top academic scholarship. Two Trojans and five Mustangs and one Glenrock Herder were honored with the scholarship: - Glenrock High School -- Gideon Williams. - Kelly Walsh High School -- Jordan Ruckle and Zachary Whipps. - Natrona County High School -- Connor Coughenour, Patrick Ellbogen, Sara Martinez-Garcia, Meagan Soehn and Kevin Thompson. The premier scholarship for Wyoming resident high school seniors covers actual credit hours taken, plus room and board costs for eight semesters at UW, starting with the fall 2016 semester. Students from 28 high schools, along with home-school and virtual-school students, were chosen from among 565 eligible candidates. Recipients wer evaluated on their academic excellence (high school grade-point average, ACT/SAT scores and curriculum rigor). For this year’s award winners -- whose application materials were due by Dec. 1 -- the average GPA is 3.99, and the average ACT score is 33. “Wyoming has many incredibly bright and motivated students, and this list of scholarship recipients represents the best of the best,” UW Admissions Director Shelley Dodd says. “The Trustees’ Scholars Award is highly competitive, with more and more high-achieving students applying.” A total of 278 students are attending UW with support from the Trustees’ Scholars Award this academic year, at a value of $3.44 million. For more information about the UW Trustees’ Scholars Award and other scholarship opportunities at UW, go to #oilcity #news