Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University honored the 178 Merillat Scholars at a dinner held Nov. 6 in the upper level of Habecker Dining Commons.
The founders of the scholarship were represented by Dr. Ruth Merillat of Adrian, Mich., and her son Dr. Richard Merillat of Naples, Fla.
The Merillat Scholar award is a scholarship primarily for United Brethren in Christ Church members or children of Huntington University alumni or students involved in Youth for Christ in high school at the Student Leader level.
Since the Merillat Scholar award began in the fall of 1994, almost $10 million has been given to more than 1,000 students. The first Merillat class consisted of 29 recipients.
Dr. Richard Merillat
A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to students who have a 2.7 high school cumulative grade point average and a minimum 900 SAT or 19 ACT. An additional $1,500 scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a minimum 1000 SAT or 21 ACT for a total scholarship of $4,000.
The Merillat Scholar program is also in the second year of stacking award categories so, for example, a student who is a member of the United Brethren in Christ Church and also a child of an alumni would receive an extra $1,000. If they also happen to be a Youth for Christ student leader, they would receive an extra $500 on top of that for a total of $1,500 in additional aid.
Lara Smitley, Merillat Scholar, and a senior communication studies major from Leo, Ind.
The Merillat Scholar award is not based on financial need.
More than 90% of Huntington University students receive some form of financial aid.
C. Ray Miller, trustee emeritus of the Huntington University Board of Trustees Joel Wentz, Merillat Scholar and a senior music business major from Greencastle, Pa. Trent Huffman, Merillat Scholar, and a senior recreation management major from Angola, Ind.
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