Scholarship Competition from a different perspective

imageBy Alexis Cavanaugh (Class of 2017)

Every year, George Fox invites incoming students to participate in Scholarship Competition. This is a two-weekend event where students come to campus to compete for leadership and academic scholarships. When I competed a couple years back, I remember feeling all the nerves, wanting to say the right words, and just the crazy feeling of being at a place that could potentially be my home for the next four years.

Well, things have come full circle now that I work in admissions as an intern, and I got to help with both weekend events. It was a really neat experience getting to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into these weekends. The whole admissions team works really hard to make sure everything is set up and ready to go for when the students arrive on campus. It felt really great to be able to be a part of such a memorable weekend for students.

However, I think my favorite part of the whole experience was being an evening host. Evening hosts are students or interns on campus that hang out with the preview students that don’t plan on staying the night but still want to experience campus life a little more.

On both weekends, another intern and I got to be evening hosts for a small group of students. First we took them to dinner in the cafeteria and had a nice meal while getting to know the students better. Next was taking them to a nearby coffee shop called Chapters (a George Fox favorite). The shop was packed but we all waited in line and chatted while excitedly waiting for our yummy hot drinks!

After getting our drinks, we sat down and enjoyed each other’s company. It was at this time that I really felt like I got to know the students better. They shared where they are from, what their family is like, what other schools they are looking at, and what their dreams are for the next four years. Last stop of the night was taking them to a movie that was playing in one of the buildings on campus. All in all, it was so neat to be a part of an experience like this. Not only did I get to work during scholarship competition, but I got to connect with visiting students on a personal level and be the face of George Fox for most of the evening. The students had a great time and I hope that wherever they choose to go to college, they get to accomplish those goals they shared with me that night.