K-Central Student Wins WMU Medallion Scholarship
Adrian Pollard Has Been Academic and Sports Leader at Kalamazoo Central
Kalamazoo Central High School senior Adrian Pollard has been named one of 20 Western Michigan University Medallion Scholarship winners for 2016.
Medallion Scholarships are the highest merit-based award WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. Valued at $60,000 each over four years, they constitute one of the largest merit-based awards in American higher education.
Pollard plans to major in mechanical engineering at WMU. He was awarded the Harold H. Holland Memorial Medallion Scholarship.
A member of the National Honor Society, Pollard has held a leadership position in the group, creating programs at KCHS, coordinating volunteer opportunities and sponsorships, finding funding support and forming partnerships with community businesses.
He earned the Award for High Honors in Academic Achievement twice as well as three Advanced Placement Scholar awards.
Pollard has played soccer nearly all his life and participated in the sport throughout high school, playing varsity for three years and serving as team captain for one. He has been involved in debate and forensics, creating speeches, moderating and structuring debates, and working to draft debate legislation. In addition, Pollard has been a part of the Link Crew program at his high school for two years, mentoring and providing aid for freshmen.
Some of this year's incoming scholars received a WMU Presidential Medallion Scholarship, while others received awards that bear the names of their scholarships' donors or the individuals for whom the scholarships were established. The students were selected after competing for the awards in the 33rd annual Medallion Scholarship Program event held during two January sessions at WMU. Invitations to compete were based on a combination of high grade point averages and ACT scores, and were extended to students who had applied to WMU by Dec. 4, 2015.
A total of 786 seniors from across Michigan and the United States participated in this year's competition. The daylong event included essay writing and a group problem-solving activity for the students as well as activities for the participants' parents and families. The 52 top-performing competitors returned to campus and were interviewed as finalists for the Medallion Scholarship, with 20 ultimately being selected to receive the honor.
In addition to the $60,000 monetary award, Medallion Scholars become members of WMU's Lee Honors College. The college, one of the oldest honors programs in the nation, enhances the undergraduate learning experience by providing such benefits as smaller class sizes, individualized academic advising and a freshman mentoring program.