PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - On Saturday more than 20 high school seniors participated in Louisiana College's annual Smith Scholarship Competition. The winner received a full ride.
Students arrived early in the morning to compete and gathered afterwards for a banquet to wait for the results.
Professors thought the competition was fierce, but they had to choose one winner. However, each student received an $8,500 scholarship, even if they didn't win the top prize. They will also be a part of the C.S. Lewis Honors Scholars Program.
"As the school has been growing, the number of competitors has been growing," said Vice President of Enrollment Management Fred Holt. "Each year has gotten tougher and tougher. The quality of students has gotten better and better. Our professors are blown away by the majority of these kids."
This year's winner was Oak Hill High School senior Samantha Aaron. She said she has already been taking duel enrollment credits at the college and was thrilled to continue her education there.
"I was just praying to God, asking him to give me clarity," Aaron said. "And if this was what he wanted from me that he would give me that clarity. Then they said my name, and I just couldn't believe that I was so blessed with this opportunity."
Incoming freshman who scored a 28 or higher on the ACT are also eligible to receive the $8,500 scholarship.