Big things are on the rise for Clearwater Central Catholic senior Jackson Marquardt. This past March, Marquardt was informed that he had been selected as one of the recipients for the Wake Forest University Stamps Foundation Scholarship.
Marquardt applied for regular decision to Wake Forest University, and to his surprise found out that he had not only been accepted, but also had been chosen as a finalist for the school's Stamps Scholarship, funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.
He flew out to Winston-Salem, N.C, where he and 24 other students selected from the highly competitive applicant pool, partook in four different interviews.
The interviews consisted of two one-on-one interviews with a Wake admissions officer and two interviews with panels of administration members. According to Marquardt, the questions mainly consisted of topics brought up in his application. He said that many of the questions were very thought-provoking and rather difficult.
At the conclusion of the interviews, five individuals were chosen as the recipients of the scholarship: Marquardt was one of them. This scholarship supplies students with a fully paid four-year education at Wake Forest.
When asked his reaction to receiving word he had been chosen as a finalist for the scholarship, Marquardt said, "I was completely floored. I had no idea about the scholarship, so it was really surprising."
Although Marquardt is still debating what institution he will be spending his next four years at, considering he just received acceptances from Princeton University, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, receiving the scholarship is still a tremendous honor and has only heightened the difficult decision for Marquardt.