Founders' Scholars Announced
Two new students have been named recipients of the prestigious Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship. Christine Carter of Wheaton, Illinois, and Jennifer Hill of Guston, Kentucky both accepted the scholarship with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Founders' scholarships are renewable, four-year, full-tuition awards given to two freshmen each year. Applicants must demonstrate leadership in church, school, or community; believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; have at least a 3.8 grade point average or rank in the top five percent of their class; and have a 30 ACT or 1320 SAT 1 score.
Carter is a senior at Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Illinois. She has been on the girl's track team all four years of high school and this year is fulfilling her dream of becoming a pole vaulter. She has also been active in key club, pep band, orchestra, concert band and symphonic band, and wind ensemble.
The future English major heard about Trinity through her friend Dana Masselink ’11, a Trinity nursing major.
“During Founders’ Weekend I had so many great discussions on philosophy, religion, politics and life in general,” said Carter of a recent visit to the campus.
“It was unbelievable. I can feel God's leading so clearly.”
Carter is the daughter of Leland and Karen and attends Parkview Community Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Hill attends Meade County High School in Guston, Kentucky. She is president of her school's YMCA chapter and through that involvement attends the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), and the Go For It Conference. She plays in the marching band and concert band, is captain of the Future Problem Solvers Team, and is vice president of the National Honor Society chapter. In May, she will be competing at the state level in the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) and the State Foreign Language Festival.
Hill’s long-standing love of English has had to share the spotlight with her recent interest in environmental biology and conservation. Hill, who has attended public school all her life, is excited about coming to Trinity.
“I know the switch is going to be a significant and amazing one,” she said. “I was attracted by the close community in a school like Trinity and its proximity to Chicago—has there ever been a better city?”
Hill and her parents, Peter and Cheryl, attend Grace Reformed Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, which her family helped found.
The Founders’ Scholarship was instituted in 1997. Last year’s award recipients were Joseph “J.R.” Wydra ’11 of Tinley Park, Illinois, and Bethany Verhage ’11 of Moses Lake, Washington.
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