A student winning a scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology deserves admiration.
What Lakeside High School senior Abby Harrover recently achieved, though, inspires awe.
Georgia Tech named the 18-year-old to the Stamps Leadership Scholars Program this month, earning her a full scholarship worth more than $100,000.
Just 10 of about 8,000 applicants annually win the scholarship, Harrover said.
“I already had been leaning toward going to Georgia Tech, but there were a couple of other places I was still thinking about,” Harrover said. “Getting the Stamps scholarship really sealed it for me.
“It’s a big honor.”
The process started with Harrover simply checking a box expressing her interest in the President’s Scholarship Program on her college application, just like thousands of other Georgia Tech hopefuls do each year.
As a member of the Atlanta university’s top 1 percent of early applicants, Harrover qualified. She then underwent a vetting process that included essays and interviews.
The school then chose her as one of just 75 recipients of the President’s scholarship, which qualified her for the even more prestigious Stamps scholarship.
At Lakeside, Harrover maintains a 4.0 GPA, plays lacrosse, is a cheerleader, and belongs to Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (a math honor society) and student council.
“I’m really excited about it,” Harrover said of attending Georgia Tech. “My sister (Maggie) already is going there and we’re really close.”
Harrover intends to double major in biology and French and plans to attend medical school eventually. Her father, David, is a family practitioner in Evans.
Though Harrover hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps, she doesn’t intend to remain in his area code.
A young woman of strong Christian faith, Harrover hopes to become a physician missionary and work with the needy overseas.
“I want to work abroad, where doctors are really needed,” she said. “I’m thinking I’d like to go to Africa in maybe one of the French-speaking countries.”