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UC Announces Top Winners of Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition

Date: Aug. 21, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The top winners of the prestigious Cincinnatus V Scholarship competition are gearing up for their first year at the University of Cincinnati. The eight students get $60,000 full Cincinnatus awards to pay for UC tuition, books, room, and board.

For the past five years, the competition has been held on UC's campus, where students from around the nation come to compete in problem-solving activities that showcase their group and leadership abilities. The March 2001 competition had 1,640 high school seniors competing for $11 million in scholarship awards. Three of the top eight students are so-called Presidential Scholars, because they're from the Tristate.

Here are the full $60,000 award recipients:

Presidential Scholars

  • Emily Behan of West Chester, Ohio -- Behan, a graduate of Mt. Notre Dame High School, is already getting an early start at UC. She spent the summer working in the aerospace engineering lab. Behan plans to major in aerospace engineering. She says it was the program and co-op that interested her in the university.
  • Anna Godby of Loveland, Ohio -- A graduate of Kings High School, Anna was co-valedictorian and first got involved with UC in January through the Carl H. Linder Honors-PLUS program, a business honors program that leads to work experience and study abroad. Godby plans to major in marketing.
  • Carl Sterner of Cincinnati (Pleasant Run Farm) -- Sterner was valedictorian of Northwest High School and plans to live on one of the Honors floors in Daniels Hall. Sterner says the national reputation of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) drew him to UC. He says he was also accepted to Cornell, but chose UC's architecture program.
  • Other full Cincinnatus Scholarship Awardees

  • Seth Hudson of St. Clairsville, Ohio -- Hudson was salutatorian at St. Clairsville High School, where he was class president, a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the varsity football team. He also earned his letters in wrestling and track. Hudson plans to major in biochemistry and English literature.
  • Amy Knepper of Waterville, Ohio -- Knepper was valedictorian of Anthony Wayne High School and played varsity soccer, basketball and track. She says she has always been interested in architecture and is enrolled in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.
  • Aaron Maurer of Pickerington, Ohio -- A graduate of Pickerington High School in Fairfield County, Maurer played trumpet in both the marching and jazz bands. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Drama Club and Students Against Drunk Driving. Maurer also became interested in UC because of DAAP's national reputation, and he plans to major in graphic design.
  • Adam Wagner of Chesterton, Ind. -- A graduate of Chesterton High School, Wagner is majoring in musical theater at the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). In high school, he participated in show choir, drama and a barbershop quartet. He also was active with the Northwest Indiana High School Theater Foundation.
  • Amit Zachariah of Kankakee, Ill. - The 17-year-old Zachariah graduated in the top 10 percent of Bishop McNamara High School. Zachariah was editor of his school paper and yearbook, was section leader of his school orchestra and a member of the fine arts club, and was a member of the math team and National Spanish Honor Society. He is majoring in biology.
  • In addition to the top category of Cincinnatus Scholar, 100 students received $20,000 Founders Awards and 200 received $10,000 University Awards. Everyone who competed was a winner, receiving a minimum of $6,000 over four years.

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