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First John Bowman Allwein Scholars Selected
08.22.14 |
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC’s president, recently established the John Bowman Allwein Scholars Program, the College’s most prestigious honor for incoming freshmen. Named in honor of Dr. John “Jack” Bowman Allwein ’56, whose legacy includes the largest estate gift to the College in its history, the inaugural group of Allwein Scholars were welcomed to campus this week.

Chosen for their extraordinary accomplishments and exceptional promise in academics, leadership, or music, Allwein Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship; an annual stipend of $2,500 for research, travel, or study expenses; and are assigned a faculty mentor who will serve as their primary faculty advisor. Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, chair of religion and philosophy, professor of religion, and director of the American Studies Program, will serve as the inaugural faculty mentor.

Dr. Allwein’s generosity will support the academic aspirations of eight students at LVC this year—five as Allwein Scholars and one each for his three previously established scholarships: The Dr. John B. Allwein ’56 Scholarship; The Homer J. Allwein Scholarship, which honors his father; and The Marion Bowman Allwein & Hilda O. Bowman Scholarship, which honors his mother, Marion, and aunt, Hilda, both teachers. Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Allwein in this YouTube video. 

Yesterday, the College hosted an Allwein Celebration for friends of Dr. Allwein, where they were able to meet the new Allwein Scholars and their families, and attend the College’s Opening Convocation.

Ciara Marshall ’18, who graduated from North East High School in Cecil County, Md., is one of the five inaugural Allwein Scholars. She took a few minutes this summer to share her excitement about enrolling at LVC.

Q. What are you going to study at LVC?

A. Biochemistry & molecular biology. I was able to meet many of the science faculty this summer, which confirmed LVC as my top choice.

Q. What other schools did you consider attending?

A. There were several other schools among my top choices, including the University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and The College of William & Mary, among others. However, LVC had such a nice campus, I sensed a real community-oriented feel to the place, and everyone was so friendly and welcoming when I visited. The generosity of the Allwein Scholars Program, and the chance to be part of the College’s history from day one, were also important factors.

Q. In addition to academics, what else do you plan on being involved with at LVC?

A. Playing lacrosse for Coach [Jackie] Dando, trying out for a choir and Wig and Buckle [theater company], and doing volunteer work.

Q. Anything else that you would like to share?

A. I am really excited about starting classes and becoming part of the community. It seems to be a really amazing place with so many opportunities. I am looking forward to it.

For more information about Col. Allwein’s historic gift, click here

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