Page High Student Wins Jefferson Scholarship

Michael Bateman earned one of the
most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation

"Greensboro, N.C. Michael Bateman, a senior at Page High School, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia selected Michael as one of 34 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. He plans to major in commerce at the university’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Winners of the Jefferson Scholarship receive the full cost of attending U.Va. and undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, out of the 1,701 students nominated for the Scholarship, 116 finalists were invited to take part in this five-day competition, which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as a final round of interviews conducted by U.Va. alumni and faculty.
The 34 selected recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship boast a number of significant achievements and Michael is no exception. During his time at Page High, he was elected to the position of Student Body Vice President, he earned his Eagle Scout rank, he played varsity golf and cross country, and he ranked in the top 10 of his class.
“After attending Page for all four years of my high school career, I can look back with certainty and say that I would not be where I am today if I had gone to another school,” says Bateman. “Page has an incredible community of both students and alumni, and I can truthfully say I think it is the best school in the county. In regards to the Jefferson Scholarship, I am amazed I have been given this opportunity, especially after being around all the other finalists at the selection weekend. I am humbled and honored to be able to say I am associated with such a program.”

“Michael is a remarkable young man,” says Richard Cartwright, Latin teacher. “He is curious about every aspect of the world around him and can carry on a conversation on almost any topic. Jefferson would have been the perfect mentor for Michael.”

Bateman will join a community of 132 current Jefferson Scholars this fall and, in addition to receiving the full cost of attending U.Va., will benefit from many enrichment programs sponsored by the foundation, such as travel abroad, career networking activities, outdoor challenge programs and a leadership speaker series.

“We look forward to welcoming Michael to this dynamic academic community and are eager to see the mark he makes not only on the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, but also on the University,” said Ben Skipper, director of the undergraduate program."

- A Press Release

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