About 100 high school seniors took part in the Scholars of Excellence program at Union last weekend. The students competed for Union’s top academic scholarships through personal interviews, group discussions of C. S. Lewis’ “The Abolition of Man” and hot topic discussions about current events and controversies.
Scholars of Excellence Check-in
The competitors stayed in campus housing with student hosts and participated in campus activities throughout the weekend.
Alli Herring, a participant from Olive Branch, Mississippi, said she was glad to have the opportunity to learn more about Union’s campus and goals over the weekend. She said she was nervous about the interviews, but it was a good experience.
“Everyone is just so friendly and wants to talk to you and learn about where you’re from and what your plans are,” she said.
Ben Noland, a student from Pensacola, Florida, said he heard about Union after reading an article by Dr. Hal Poe in Christianity Today. He said he was hoping to get a better picture of Union’s values over the weekend.
“I can say I’ve been incredibly impressed,” he said. “The students and professors are so incredibly kind.”
Dinner with faculty and the president
Harrison Holt, a Jackson native, said he has spent a lot of time around Union and its students, and he thinks it would be a good fit for him.
“A lot of my mentors have been Union students,” he said. “So I thought it was worth my time to come here. A lot of the people I’ve had interactions with are people I want to be like.”
Olivia Coffman of Milan, Tennessee, said she has also been aware of Union for most of her life, and has always thought highly of the university. She said she enjoyed staying in student housing and meeting other students.
“Everybody was able to speak about God just in natural conversation because he’s such a big part of their lives,” she said. “It was really nice to feel so accepted and loved instantly.”
Personal interview time and games in the waiting area
Story by Nathan Handley, Photos by Kristi Woody