WHEELING- Two high school seniors earned the prestigious Laut Scholarship for full-tuition to Wheeling Jesuit University and were surprised with over-sized check presentations today at their schools. Wheeling native Rebecca Olsavsky, a senior at The Linsly School, and Sara Fowler, a senior at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, received the big surprise from university officials who delivered the news in person.
Rebecca received the oversized check from University President Julio Giulietti, S.J. and Denny Bardos, Dean of Enrollment Management in the Linsly's board room, located in Kuchinka Hall. Rebecca's parents are Judi and John Olsavsky of Wheeling and Judi was on hand for the check presentation and is the chair of the English Department at The Linsly School.
The second student receiving the four-year Laut Scholarship, Sara Fowler, is a native of Belmont. Her surprise award arrived at 12:30 p.m. in physics class. Fowler's parents are Keith and Heidi Fowler and her mother Heidi was on hand for the special moment which took place in class as her classmates looked on.
The two students competed for the scholarship on Jan. 23, going up against 20 final contestant-seniors from all over the country. Over 600 accepted students were in the original pool of applicants from which the Wheeling Jesuit admissions department narrowed down the final competitors, Bardos explained.
The Stephen J. Laut, S.J. Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to two winners of the competition among freshman who plan to enter the Laut Honors Program at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Competition is open to high school seniors with these qualifications: 3.4 cumulative high school average and a combined score of 1100 on the SAT or a composite score of 24 on the ACT. To retain this scholarship for the following year, a student must attain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the freshman year, 3.1 cumulative GPA at the end of the sophomore year and 3.2 cumulative GPA at the end of the junior year.
One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and the youngest, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education. Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its Best Master's Universities in the South category.
The campus is also home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.
For complete information on WJU, please call 1 (800) 624-6992.