Date: 12/27/2004 8:00:00 AM
PROFILE: NEW CINCINNATUS SCHOLAR IS ALL SETTLED IN AT UC
This chemistry major and Honors Scholar was one of 12 students last spring to be awarded a full $66,000 Cincinnatus Scholarship to UC to pay for his tuition, books and room and board. The next Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition is coming up on Feb. 12. That’s when thousands of the nation’s top high school seniors will compete on campus for four levels of scholarships in a series of essay and leadership exercises. The scholarship selection process also examines a student’s commitment to community service. Cincinnatus Scholars complete 30 hours of community service each year as part of their scholarship requirement.
Michael attended one of the alternate dates for the competition last February. Three alternate dates for Cincinnatus will be held this year: Feb. 4, Feb. 22 and Feb. 25. Qualifying high school seniors are invited to the competition after they apply to UC. To be considered, all applications and materials must be received by the UC Office of Admissions by Jan. 15, 2005.
At the time that Michael first visited campus, much of the first phase of MainStreet was still under construction. However, part of the competition was held in the Great Hall, giving Michael a glimpse of what was to come. “I got to see just how much time and effort UC is spending on constructing new buildings and maintaining the old ones.
“I just saw so many opportunities here. I think Swift Hall must have some of the most technologically advanced classrooms in the nation. Plus, I’m really interested in the undergraduate level of research.” He says he’s leaning toward medical school, “and that’s a pretty heavy lean.”
Michael is already building connections outside the classroom by living on the Honors Scholars floor in Daniels Hall and serving as treasurer of the Residence Hall Association. He’s a member of the Caducea Premedical Society. Part of his community service commitment over fall quarter was dedicated to the UC Into the Streets day of community service. He and other volunteers did some landscaping and cleaned up the trash in communities on the outskirts of UC.
He says it was community service that helped shape his life, and is perhaps leading him on the pathway to medical school. Michael helped initiate a volunteer-based peer tutoring program at Upper Merion Area High School, pairing seniors and juniors with freshmen and sophomores. By the second year of the program, he was head coordinator. “By the end of the year, we assisted 30 students. The results were amazing. One girl went from failing her math tests to having a “B” average.”
Michael says that when students offer service, they get back spiritually what they give. It’s that dedication that reflects the spirit of the Cincinnatus competition, which is named after the Roman farmer who led his city to victory when Rome was invaded in 458 BC, but then returned to his farm.
High school seniors interested in Cincinnatus Scholarships can check the Web site or call the Cincinnatus Hotline at 513-556-3400.
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