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High school student wins $26,000 scholarship

By Clint Parker

Weaverville – A local high school student has won a $26,000 scholarship to continue her studies in college. Madelyn Schmidt, a senior at Buncombe County Early College, has been named as a Blue & Gold scholar at UNC-Greensboro. Madelyn was chosen from more than 800 high-achieving applicants and will receive the scholarship ($6,500 per year) for her four years at UNC-G.

Madelyn works part time at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville and volunteers each week at AHOPE, a day shelter for homeless people, in downtown Asheville. “She is a bright and ambitious young woman, and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” said Madelyn’s dad, Jim Schmidt.

In addition to the Blue and Gold scholarship she was also awarded the Chancellor’s scholarship from UNC-Greensboro in the amount of $4500 per year for four years of undergrad studies. The two scholarships awarded from Greensboro when combined total $11,000 a year. “We are very proud of her,” said her dad.

“I’m proud of all our Blue & Gold scholars. Their hard work and commitment to excellence exemplifies the spirit of the students here at UNC-Greensboro,” said Chris Keller, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Greensboro. “These scholarships are truly life-changing. I’m thrilled that these students have this opportunity and can’t wait to see where their academic journey leads.”

Blue & Gold scholarship recipients are selected by a committee of admissions recruitment staff based on their leadership roles, community service, honors and awards, and academic record. Madelyn is recognized among the top applicants to UNC-Greensboro this school year.

Madelyn was also accepted to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and has made plans to visit each school again this spring before she ultimately decides where she wants to attend in the fall. “She is very thoughtful and deliberate in her decision making and does not want to seem ungrateful in any way,” Jim said.

“I am incredibly proud and honored to be chosen for these scholarships. I am beyond excited to begin this new chapter of my life at college,” said Madelyn. “I haven’t officially decided between UNC-G and Chapel Hill yet but I am getting so much love and support from my family and friends, so I feel like either choice will be great.”

Madelyn has done extensive service work in the Asheville community, been on the honor roll all four years of high school, and traveled to China and Ecuador. This fall she has been admitted to UNC-Greensboro to study Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Blue & Gold Scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year applicants at UNC-Greensboro. This year, UNC-G’s admissions office awarded 103 scholarships valued at more than $1 million across four years. To be eligible, students must meet UNC-G’s priority deadline and submit a supplemental essay.

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