Hannah Horne was thrilled with the surprise of a scholarship presented by the College of St. Mary on Monday afternoon.
Hannah Horne got the surprise of her life during a school assembly on Monday afternoon.
The Exeter-Milligan senior had been told to dress up so she could introduce the special speaker, “They told me to wear khaki’s which I thought was strange.”
As she was introducing the motivational speaker, Scott Shanle, school counselor Denice Kovanda interrupted with a presentation from the College of St. Mary.
Horne had been selected as a Marie Curie Scholar when she enters CSM in the fall. She was presented with a scholarship check for $80,000, flowers and a sweatshirt.
The scholarship which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation is awarded to young women pursing STEM majors.
Horne has chosen to major in biology and will receive $20,000 annually for four years. She will also receive free tutoring, have the opportunity to participate in national conferences and participate in undergraduate research.
She hasn’t chosen a career field, “The scholarship is more about learning and they don’t want us to look at a career.”
At one time Horne was set on a college career at Chadron State, but this school year she began to look into CSM. “It was crazy how things worked out. I was really surprised. The scholarship is awesome.”
Part of her family followed the presenters from College of St. Mary and her mother, Connie, was particularly excited about the Horne’s choice because she is a CSM alum.
Horne has shown leadership and scholarship at Exeter-Milligan over the last four years. She has been on the “A” honor role and is a member of the National Honor society, she has participated in extra-curricular activities including softball as well as serving as the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America chapter president.