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February 12, 2020 - Hazleton Area High School student, Oscar Gonzalez Tejada, is this year’s recipient of the Presidential Scholarship from King’s College.

A resident of Hazleton, Gonzalez is a native of the Dominican Republic. He moved to the United States at age 11, and has found a passion for reading, theatre, and mathematics. He volunteers after school with the Community Theatre Program and works part-time at the Amazon Warehouse. He will be a first-generation college student.

The Presidential Scholarship is intended to recognize a prospective student’s academic achievements both inside and outside the classroom. Candidates are selected by the Admission Committee when they apply to King’s.  The candidates are then invited to campus to interview for the scholarship.

The four-year, full tuition scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman who must rank in the top 5% of their high school graduating class, have a minimum 1310 SAT or 28 ACT, have a minimum 3.75 GPA in advanced college preparatory classes, and demonstrate exemplary leadership, personal qualities, scholastic achievements, and/or community service activities.

Pictured is Maggie Farrell, associate director of admission at King’s, and Presidential recipient, Oscar Gonzalez.