Methodist Selects Five Incoming Students for Wright Scholars Program

Top (left to right): Saverio Lennon, Julia Mundy, Carolina Simpkins; Bottom (left to right): Kathryn Tedder, Kaegan Young

Before they even step foot on campus for their first day as students, five incoming freshmen will join a notable program at Methodist University – and deservedly so.

The Wright Scholars Program is a distinguished merit scholarship program for students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership qualities, commitment to community service and good citizenship. The program provides full tuition scholarships to each selected student, which is made possible by a $5 million gift to the University from Dr. Harvey T. Wright II ’70 and his wife, Mary Fermanides Wright ’68.

Recently, Methodist University announced the following students are recipients of the Wright Scholars Program for the 2022-23 academic year:

  • Saverio Lennon: Mount Airy High School (Mount Airy, N.C.)
  • Julia Mundy: Jack Britt High School (Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Carolina Simpkins: Western Harnett High School (Sanford, N.C.)
  • Kathryn Tedder: Habersham Central High School (Cornelia, Ga.)
  • Kaegan Young: Gray’s Creek High School (Hope Mills, N.C.)

The average cumulative, weighted GPA of the incoming Wright Scholars stands at 4.23 with an average SAT score of 1228 and average ACT score of 27.6. The selected group includes a valedictorian, yearbook editor-in-chief, AP National Scholar, multiple student government officers, a Taekwondo black belt, nursery teacher, and more. Together, the scholars have also performed hundreds of hours of community service.

“The Wright Scholars Program is an opportunity for Methodist University to identify and reward truly outstanding students for their academic and extracurricular efforts throughout their high school years,” said Jamie Legg, MU’s Dean of Admissions. “Through the generosity of the Wright family, we are able to remove cost as an obstacle to enrollment for these students.”

For more information about the Wright Scholars Program, visit here.

Top (left to right): Saverio Lennon, Julia Mundy, Carolina Simpkins; Bottom (left to right): Kathryn Tedder, Kaegan Young