Purdue student visiting Washington, D.C., for U.S. Presidential Scholar program

June 20, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Abby Lemert, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and first-year engineering student at Purdue University, will be in Washington D.C. on June 22-25 for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

She is one of two students selected from Indiana for the program's 50th class. Awards are based on academic achievements, transcripts, school evaluations, leadership skills, personal essays and community service. Application for the program is by invitation only and more than 3,000 high school seniors are invited to apply. The 141 national finalists are selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964, and it has honored more than 6,500 of the nation's top-performing students.

Each of the scholars will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion and meet various government leaders as part of the program.

Lemert, who plans to study aerospace engineering at Purdue, attended Carroll High School in Fort Wayne where she led the school's CANstruction team and was president of the Spanish Club. She also participated in volleyball, Student Council and Interact Rotary Club.

Lemert also is among nine recipients of Purdue's Beering Scholarship, which covers full educational expenses for a bachelor's degree and the opportunity to pursue two other graduate degrees at the university.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Abby Lemert, alemert@purdue.edu

Jennifer Dexter, senior assistant director and scholarship coordinator for the Office of Admissions, 765-496-3697, dexterj@purdue.edu

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