Pommersheim receives Davidson’s top merit scholarship

Pommersheim receives Davidson's top merit scholarship
A Vermillion student, Hannah Grant Pommersheim, has received the John Montgomery Belk Merit Scholarship as an incoming student at Davidson College, located in Davidson, NC. Hannah will enroll with the class of 2011 in August.

Hannah is the daughter of Frank Pommersheim and Anne Dunham of Forest Avenue, and is a graduate of Vermillion High School.

The strength of the class of 2011 has led Davidson to award nearly $1.5 million in merit scholarship aid to more than twenty percent of its members. An additional $3 million in need-based aid funds have been awarded to members of the class. Overall, almost one-half of the 465 incoming students are receiving financial assistance from the college.

The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship is Davidson College's top merit scholarship, and one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the country. It recognizes academic prowess, integrity, passion for life, and records of distinction in myriad areas of school and community life. Ten recipients per year are chosen from among hundreds of nominees from all over the United States and around the world. The scholarship is valued at over $170,000 � over four years (including full comprehensive fees and summer stipends for travel and study).

Belk scholars have distinguished themselves by winning graduate fellowships to Stanford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale Divinity School, Vanderbilt, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business, and Harvard Law School, among others. On campus they have served as editor-in-chief of the Davidsonian student newspaper, chair of the Honor Council, members of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program Advisory Board, president of student government, and leaders of community service projects both locally and internationally. They have used their summer stipends to travel, study, and serve all over the world.

During her time at Vermillion High School, Hannah was a member of show choir, All-State Chorus, National Honor Society, and the speech and debate team. She was also president of her class all four years.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,700 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson has just successfully concluded "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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