Rydell participates in scholarship application Michelle Rydell, Vermillion was among 71 finalists, representing 12 states, to compete on the Northwestern College campus for a Norman Vincent Peale Scholarship recently. Eight Peale Scholarship winners will be announced by the end of March.
The students were on campus in February for interviews and a writing competition. Northwestern College faculty, staff and students evaluated them on the basis of their potential for academic success, leadership and effective Christian service.
Criteria for the Peale Scholar candidates included a ranking within the top 15 percent of their high school class or a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and a minimum ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1,130. One-hundred sixty-seven students meeting those qualifications wrote an initial Peale Scholarship application � the largest group of applicants in the history of the competition � and 71 finalists were selected to compete on campus.
The Peale Scholarships were established by the late Mr. and Mrs. Homer Surbeck of Atherton, CA, who were close friends of Dr. and Mrs. Peale. Dr. Peale, who died in 1993 at the age of 95, was pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City from 1932-84 and author of 46 books, including The Power of Positive Thinking. He has been called the most influential Protestant clergyman in the U.S.
Northwestern College is a Christian college of 1,300 students in Orange City, IA. Rated a top-20 Midwestern comprehensive college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education that combines academic rigor with a faith perspective.