Two North Springs students, Ross McLane and Helena Weibel, are recent winners of the prestigious Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship. With this award, Weibel and McLane will be able to go to Georgia Tech for all four years with full tuition covered. Along with full tuition, students get priority housing, fees covered, and all meals.
Every year nearly 12,000 students apply for the Presidential Scholarship. From there, the field is narrowed down to approximately 500 semi-finalists, and then after rigorous examination of the student’s application and an interview with a Georgia Tech alumnus, the field is narrowed down to 45-50 winners of the scholarship.
Weibel is a member of the Top 10 and is very involved in clubs all across North Springs such as Model UN and the Chinese Club. Once she found out that she got the Presidential Scholarship, she decided to go for sure. When she grows up, she is interested in becoming an Ambassador. Weibel originally applied to Georgia Tech because, “My brother went there, it was in-state so I knew it would be a good choice financially with HOPE, and I really like the major they offered called ‘International Affairs and Modern Languages.” When she originally applied to Tech through early action, she “didn’t even know about the scholarship.” When someone applies for early action at Georgia Tech, the student gets automatically considered. Once she found out that she was being considered for it, she started to prepare for interviews and was very excited. “The competition was pretty stiff,” remarked Weibel, “but I went into the interviews with the mentality that if they felt I was a good fit for the program, they would choose me, so that helped me relax and just be myself,” she finished.
Mclane will also be going to Georgia Tech in the fall. At North Springs, he is, “the President of FBLA, a participant in Science Olympiad, and am involved in the Mentorship program,” McLane said, “through which I am able to intern after school at a Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Research Lab,” added McLane. He chose to apply to Georgia Tech originally because, “it’s a first rate science and engineering school in my backyard,” remarked McLane. He originally didn’t know about the scholarship like Weibel, but was notified that he was a semifinalist for the scholarship after his application for Tech was reviewed. “ I thought that there were so many interesting and diverse people, there was no way I’d get it,” commented McLane.