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Talented freshman class includes inaugural group of Presidential Scholars

University welcomes first class of Presidential Scholars

Florida State University this fall welcomed the first class of 25 Presidential Scholars, all freshmen, who will benefit from unprecedented support and educational experiences through the university's new premier undergraduate merit scholarship program.

The Presidential Scholars Program provides four years of support to critical and innovative thinkers who use their talents to make meaningful contributions to society. The scholars receive additional funding for educational enrichment opportunities including international experiences, research and creative projects, service learning projects or public service, internships and entrepreneurial development.

In addition, the scholars will benefit from faculty mentoring, leadership training and regular group meetings. The students also will be among the first to use the new Honors, Scholars and Fellows House, a learning center for the best and brightest students.

"We are thrilled to begin working with the first class of Presidential Scholars," said Dean of Undergraduate Studies Karen Laughlin. "The program clearly demonstrates Florida State's commitment to recruiting and supporting some of the most talented students in the country."

Along with their hometowns and academic majors, the Presidential Scholars are: