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Thirty-eight prospective freshmen—one all the way from France—will arrive in Coastal Virginia today to take part in the inaugural Batten Honors College competition (Feb. 9-11). The event will get underway with a welcome reception at the Virginia Aquarium and will continue Friday and Saturday with various interviews, campus tours, and panel discussions. Participating students and their parents will also attend a second reception at Slover Library in downtown Norfolk. Twenty students will be selected to receive the Batten Fellowship, a prestigious scholarship renewable for four years and covering the full amount of tuition—$36,010 for the 2017-2018 academic year—plus funding for an international study-away experience during their junior or senior year. The Batten Honors College will recognize the academic merit and leadership potential of another 20 students by admitting them to the Honors College as Shumadine Scholars. Shumadine Scholarships will have a value in an amount equal to two-thirds tuition—$24,000 during the 2017-2018 academic year. Through small class sizes, personalized instruction and especially vigorous faculty-student interaction, the Batten Honors College will inspire, engage, and prepare academically-talented students to become impactful leaders and environmental stewards in our global community. The Batten Honors College was originally introduced by Virginia Wesleyan College President Scott D. Miller during his August 2016 State of the College Address. It is named for dedicated friends of the institution Trustee Emerita Jane P. Batten H’06 and her late husband, Frank Batten, Sr. A second competition is scheduled for Feb. 23-25. Learn more at

Update 2/15/17: View Flickr Photo Gallery of Inaugural Battens Honors Competition