Hamilton High student Noah Gilbert recently competed in the Honors College Awards Competition at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and has been offered the Presidential Scholars Award from the BGSU Honors College. This is the most prestigious scholarship offered at BGSU. The full-tuition scholarship is projected to cover more than $12,000 per year and $48,000 over 4 years.
Noah was selected as a finalist out of more than 600 applicants from across the country and invited to interview for the Presidential Award at Scholar Day. According to Bowling Green staff, each year, the Honors College collaborates with the Office of Admissions to welcome nearly 350 prospective honors students and their families to campus for Scholar Day. This one-day event is an opportunity for them to learn more about Bowling Green State University and what it means to become a part of the Honors experience at BGSU.
Approximately 60 of the highest achieving students were invited to interview for two top scholarships: The Alumni Laureate Scholarship and the Presidential Scholars Award. To be eligible for the Presidential Scholars Award, students must have at least a 3.8 GPA and a minimum score of 30 on the ACT.
During the first year, the Presidential Scholar Award student’s focus is community development, goal setting, and degree planning, with an emphasis on problem-solving. In the second year, the goal is the application of critical thinking skills, while year three emphasizes personal leadership. The goal for Presidential Scholars during their senior year is the integration of critical thinking and a personal leadership plan. There are also social events and an informal mentorship program.
“I’m extremely proud to have been offered this scholarship and excited to start the next chapter of my academic career at BGSU. The application process entailed submitting the obvious academic transcripts but mostly centered on learning more about you as a person and your passions. Through writing several essays, I explained my desire to study marine science, which is the main reason I selected BGSU due to their extensive marine biology program,” Gilbert said.
Noah’s parents, Chris and Amber Gilbert, explained that “Noah has always been interested in marine science and the environment. He spent three summers interning at the Cincinnati Zoo and most recently, spent 22 days in the wilderness of British Columbia studying whales and other marine mammals with biologists and 6 other students from all over the country. We are extremely proud of Noah and all that he has accomplished. His passion was clearly evident during the interview process and we couldn’t be happier that BGSU honored his hard work with this scholarship.”
On behalf of the Hamilton City School District, we would like to congratulate Noah and his family on this impressive accomplishment. Noah, we know that your future is bright and we are so excited to see all that you accomplish. Thank you for representing our #BigBlueOnTheMove family so well!