On Tuesday Senior Emma Chedwick was presented with a $90,000 Presidential Scholarship from Columbia College at Mexico Senior High School by virtue of winning a two phase competition that included a personal statement, a resume and two letters of recommendation. From there 60-70 students are invited to the campus to write a timed essay and participate in an interview process orchestrated by staff and faculty.

The selection committee then chooses the 10 winners, whose prize is equal to four years of tuition.