CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College has awarded eight full-tuition scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement.
The "Pillars for Excellence" scholarship is a merit award that can be renewed for four years. The estimated value for four years is $89,000.
Scholarship winners were determined by competitive applications submitted by high school students admitted for the fall semester of 2013-14 who met stringent academic standards. The competition involved writing an essay and participating in an interview conducted by faculty, alumni or former Pillars winners.
This year's candidates had a composite grade point average of a 3.87 on a 4.0-scale and an average ACT score of 27.
Winning scholarships were Steven Stock, a home-schooled student from Quincy, Ill.; Sarah Barris of Rochester (Ill.) High School; Mitchell Barton of Nebo, Ill., who attends Pittsfield High School; Kendyll Dhans from Hernando High School, Spring Hills, Fla.; Krista Duncan from Springfield, Ill., who attends Pleasant Plains High School; Brandon Lamphier-Shaffer from Sandia High School, Albuquerque, N.M.; Paul Pezold from North Calloway R-I High School, Columbia, Mo.; and Sarah Wentland from Rocky Mountain Academy, Meridian, Idaho.
Fifty candidates competed for Pillars for Excellence scholarships this year. All competitors will be honored at a luncheon March 16 in the Meaders dining room at Culver-Stockton.