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SCHS student receives Presidential Scholarship

Linson Scholarship It’s not uncommon for high schoolers to receive gifts on Valentine’s Day. Whether it be from a person they’re dating, a friend or a parent, the day of Cupid is well represented with teenagers. What is less common, however, is for a high school student to receive a Valentine’s Day gift from a college, but that’s exactly what happened Jessica Linson.

On February 14th, the day of love, representatives from Columbia College stopped by St. Charles High School to show Linson some love and to award the SCHS senior with the school’s Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship, which covers Linson’s full 4 year tuition, is worth just under $94,000.

“I had no idea that I had won the scholarship,” Linson said. “My parents knew for two weeks that I had won and didn’t tell me for the surprise. I cried when they presented me with the check.”

To earn the Presidential Scholarship, Linson had to apply online to participate in the college’s “Scholarship Day”, a competition where 100 selected students submit essays, letters of recommendations, an academic resume and are interviewed by staff members. To qualify for the application process alone, students must have a minimum 3.6 GPA and a 26 ACT/ 1260 SAT score.

Linson is one of just ten incoming freshman who were awarded the scholarship.

“It feels great not having to worry about student loan debt,” Linson said.

One of the key factors for Linson choosing to attend Columbia College was its size. At just over 1,200 students and a capped class size of 15 students, Linson felt it was perfect for her.

“The campus is small, but it doesn’t feel that small,” Linson said. “I just fell in love with the school.”

Linson intends to study forensic sciences with an emphasis on chemistry while attending Columbia College. She hopes to put her education to use in law enforcement

“My biggest dream is to work for the FBI,” Linsond said. “I’ve always loved everything about the FBI.”

There is every reason to believe this well-rounded student, who participates in DECA, Future Business Leaders of America and is the co-captain of the varsity cheer squad, can make her dreams a reality. First stop, Columbia College. Next stop, Quantico.