Ep. 46 What Does It Take to Become a Citizen Scholar?
It is graduation time, school is finishing up and are you wondering if your child has demonstrated leadership and excellence to become the schools newest citizen scholar? Does your child have the magic formula or profile?
I came across a pull-out section – “Citizen Scholar 2016“from my local newspaper – The Intelligencer. This really caught my attention in that this newspaper, along with the Bucks County Courier Times gives out these awards to the best and brightest students in the county.
The criteria is that the guidance counselors from each high school would nominate three students and the judges on the panel would make the final selections. The judges selected one person from each high school in Bucks County. There are about 34 students that are profiled in this insert section, each with a picture and summary of their background, accomplishments and future academic endeavors.
What we talk about in this podcast are the qualities, characteristics, behaviors that all (or most) of these students have that is noteworthy for students beginning their journey onward and upward. For example, many of the students:
- Play one or more musical instruments
- Participate in one or more school clubs or organizations
- Have made community service a priority with consistent participation
- Many are athletes that compete in different sports
- All of excelled academically with a minimum GPA of 3.8+
- And one student is in the JROTC program
High School can be really hard for some students. Those that excel find a way to get it all done. They are organized, passionate about what they do and focused on their goals of higher education. This is their time to explore different interests, showcase their talents & skills and find ways to give back to others. This is what makes for a great “profile” to college admissions and scholarship committees who are looking for well-rounded students that can handle challenges and have something to offer.