Five high school seniors have been selected as the recipients of Methodist University’s four-year, full-tuition Wright Scholarship, the most prestigious academic honor for incoming Methodist University students. The students, who were selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership qualities, commitment to community service and citizenship, are Ashlee Dudley of Western Harnett High School, Shannon Fogarty of Rocky Mount High School; Bertha Llamas of Franklinton High School; Henry Murray, a homeschooled student from Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Edward Samuelian of Massey Hill Classical High School.
“The pool of applicants this year was one of the largest in the history of this program, and the selected students are, by measure of average GPA, ACT and SAT, the most academically qualified we’ve ever enrolled,’’ said Dean of Admissions Jamie Legg. “The average GPA and test scores are the highest ever in the history of this scholarship program.’’
This year’s Wright Scholars have an average cumulative weighted grade point average of 4.83, a 32.75 average ACT composite, and a 1488 SAT equivalent average.
The Wright Scholarship is funded by a $5 million gift made to the University by Dr. Harvey T. Wright II (MU class of 1970) and his wife, Mary Fermanides Wright (MU class of 1968).