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Incoming Distinguished Scholars Looking Forward to Life at Georgetown


Submitted on June 5, 2019

The Distinguished Scholarship, offered to two incoming freshmen each year, is the most competitive scholarship offered by Georgetown College, and the most valuable. The Distinguished Scholarship guarantees that the full cost of tuition the first year will be covered by scholarships and grants that never need to be paid back, and is renewable for four years.

Beyond the monetary benefit, the Distinguished Scholars are also recognized as paradigmatic Georgetown College students: bright, involved, and faithful students who want to make the world a better place. Certainly this was true for the first two students to be named Distinguished Scholars in the Fall of 2018: Carrie Jo Cecil and Preston Crump have both had amazing first years at Georgetown and have represented their school well at various functions.

Our expectations are equally high for this year’s recipients, Sarah Bolton and Isabella Back. Both Sarah and Isabella excelled in high school academically and show a commitment to growing and learning while at Georgetown College.

Sarah Bolton is originally from Columbus, Ohio but just completed high school at Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. She discovered Georgetown through her aunt, who lives in the Georgetown area. “I immediately loved the people,” she said of her first visit to campus. “I talked to a bunch of professors in that first visit, and then when I was back in the fall for interviews, they actually remembered me. I quickly realized through my senior year that I didn't want to be a name on a roster of 500 or more in a Gen Ed course at a huge school.”

Sarah Bolton

As she begins her freshman year at Georgetown this fall, she looks forward to being a member of Health Scholars, Science Honors, Oxford Honors, and on the Track and Field Team, as well as living on campus. “I'm really looking forward for the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and learn a lot. I think living in the dorms is going to be a cool experience, and I'm really excited to compete in track at the collegiate level.”

Isabella Back just graduated from Lecher County Central High School. She too fell in love with Georgetown while visiting campus. “I slowly fell in love the more I came to visit and interview for programs. It felt like home, even when I was more than two hours away from my actual home. The people I met were kind and easy-going. The students looked and talked like they loved Georgetown too.”

Isabella Back

This fall, she is excited about the learning opportunities in front of her. “I know I want to learn. I am so excited about the opportunity to study things I never had the chance to in high school.” Isabella will be part of the Pre-Law Program at Georgetown College, as well as the Oxford Honors Program.


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