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Senior receives full merit scholarship to Duke University

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Senior receives full merit scholarship to Duke University

The Chapel at Duke University. Senior Lauren Howard was recently awarded a full scholarship to study at Duke. (CC-BY-SA)

The Chapel at Duke University. Senior Lauren Howard was recently awarded a full scholarship to study at Duke. (CC-BY-SA)

The Chapel at Duke University. Senior Lauren Howard was recently awarded a full scholarship to study at Duke. (CC-BY-SA)

The Chapel at Duke University. Senior Lauren Howard was recently awarded a full scholarship to study at Duke. (CC-BY-SA)

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For many students, a full-ride scholarship–especially one to Duke University–is the stuff of dreams, but for one lucky Northwest senior, that dream has come true. Senior Lauren Howard was recently selected for Duke’s Trinity scholarship, one of a handful of full rides offered by the university.

According to Duke’s website, the scholarship is “(awarded) on a rotating basis to attract some of the most gifted students residing within specific geographic areas of the Carolinas.” Trinity scholars attend Duke essentially for free and have access to special enrichment opportunities.

Howard, who is also a National Merit Finalist, said the Trinity scholarship was largely unexpected.

“I didn’t know (the scholarship) even existed before I got the (finalist notification) email, so I was really surprised,” Howard said.

Part of the surprise was a result of the selection process, which did not require a separate application for merit scholarships: finalist selection for the Trinity was based on Howard’s initial admission application, which was deemed, according to an email from the university, “among the most compelling of more than 41,000 applications for admission to Duke.”

From there, Howard was invited to visit campus and conduct an interview, before finally being chosen as a scholarship recipient.

Howard said that her parents were equally surprised as she was, if not more.

“I think they were pretty shocked,” Howard said. “They definitely did not think I was going to get it. They were so excited they even got me a cake.”

Receiving the Trinity has essentially locked in her college decision, Howard said.

“I can’t pass up a full ride,” she said. “I’ve worked really hard in high school, so it’s nice to see it pay off.”

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