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Virginia Wesleyan welcomes 32 prospective freshmen who arrive in Coastal Virginia today to participate in the first of a two-part Batten Honors College competition (February 8-10).  Virginia Wesleyan’s Batten Honors College competition begins with a welcome reception at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center this evening and continues on Friday and Saturday with various interviews, campus tours, class visits, and panel discussions. Participating students and their parents will also attend a reception at Slover Library in downtown Norfolk on Friday evening. The second part of the competition, which will follow the same format, will occur February 15-17.

Twenty students will be selected to receive the Batten Fellowship, a prestigious scholarship renewable for four years and covering the full amount of tuition plus funding for an international study-away experience during their junior or senior year. The Batten Honors College will also recognize the academic merit and leadership potential of an additional 20 Shumadine Scholars, who will receive scholarships equal to two-thirds tuition. This selective academic program is made possible by generous support from Virginia Wesleyan University Trustee Emerita Jane P. Batten H’06 and her late husband, Frank Batten Sr. Through small class sizes, personalized instruction and especially vigorous faculty-student interaction, the Batten Honors College is designed to prepare impactful leaders and environmental stewards. The curriculum explores diverse disciplines within the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and mathematics. The goal is to educate and graduate lifelong learners interested in shaping the future and taking action to improve the world.

“It is sure to be an exciting few days here on our campus,” said President Scott D. Miller. “Many thanks to all who have worked hard to make this competition a truly special occasion for our participants.  If you see Batten Honors College competitors on campus, be sure to give them a warm Wesleyan welcome and wish them well in their pursuits.”

VWU welcomed our first cohort of Batten Honors College students last fall in conjunction with the opening of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center.