Rocklin student wins William Jessup University scholarship

By: Staff report
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Jessica Purvis of Rocklin was recently named one of the 2009 recipients of a William Jessup University scholarship award. She was one of the winners of the annual Scholar Days event that encourages invited students to compete for scholarships awarded by the private, four-year university. Purvis was one of the recipients of a $2,500 scholarship. “We consider ourselves very fortunate at William Jessup University as we continue to attract many fine students like Jessica who are committed to further developing their gifts, talents and abilities in a Christian liberal arts educational setting,” said Paul Blezien, WJU’s vice president for student development.  The WJU department scholarship award is offered to entering freshman in the traditional undergraduate program on the basis of academic achievement. To be eligible to compete for the departmental scholarship, invited students must have a high school GPA of 3.00.  As part of the selection process, applicants must submit an essay response that is evaluated by the university’s department chairs. As part of the Scholar Days event, department chairs select the best essay from each department and those students are then asked to participate in a group interview, a primary component of the two-day event. Overall, a total of 42 students were invited to compete for various scholarships.   The two-day Scholars Event allows selected prospective students to explore the educational opportunities at the Christian university and its campus life.  Jessup awarded 12 other students throughout the state of California a $2,500 scholarship from various departments including English, youth ministry, Bible and theology, psychology, public policy, business, intercultural studies and music. Two WJU Scholar Awards, (the most prestigious awards given during the event) in the amount of $12,500 were awarded to students from Santa Cruz and Auburn.  New to the Scholar Days program this year is a scholarship designed to reach out to home-schooling students, which awarded $5,000 to a student from Turlock.