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Incoming freshman receives prestigious scholarship

July 6, 2012 : By Drew Menard/Liberty University News Service

Greg Boyer accepts the GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California. Pictured is John Heubusch (left), executive director, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and Gayle Wilson, former first lady of California.

Greg Boyer, an incoming Liberty University freshman from Greencastle, Pa., was one of 15 students across the country to be awarded the prestigious GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship.

Boyer is among the more than 3,600 new undergraduate residential students Liberty will welcome to its campus this fall. Classes are set to begin Aug. 20.

Boyer was chosen out of 10,000 candidates from all over the United States, after completing a rigorous application process that originally involved 65,000 applicants. The scholarship, presented by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and General Electric Co., is for up to $40,000 ($10,000 a year). It was first presented last year in honor of President Ronald Reagan’s would-be 100th birthday and awards students who embody the vision and values that Reagan personified, including leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.

“It really is an honor to be chosen as someone who reminds the selection committee of someone similar to Ronald Reagan,” Boyer said. “It’s just phenomenal.”

Boyer found out about the scholarship while searching online and began the difficult, time-consuming process of answering questions, writing essays and obtaining letters of recommendation — including one from his state representative.

In April, Boyer was told he was one of 40 finalists and did an in-depth interview via Skype. In May, he was informed he had been selected.

“To think that there were 10,000 across the whole nation that were applicable for this, that I was chosen to be one of them, it is such a blessing, such a Godsend,” Boyer said.

In addition to his superior academic achievements, Boyer stood out because he has gone on missions trips, participated in an award-winning puppetry ministry for his church, captained his high school’s track and field team, and worked as an assistant manager for and played in the Greencastle-Antrim Concert Band, according to a press release by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

The 15 scholarship winners were invited to a three-day retreat in Simi Valley, Calif., on June 24 where they were welcomed with a reception at the Air Force One Pavilion. During their visit, they had the opportunity to tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

Boyer graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School and plans to major in biology with a pre-med concentration. He said Liberty’s new medical school is “enticing” (read more about it in the latest issue of the Liberty Journal), but said the school mostly appealed to him for its Christian values, spiritual life and campus recreation.

“Its environment is just so lively; it really has a focus on education and being Christ-centered,” he said.

He is looking forward to getting involved in a Bible study and intramural sports, and the opportunity to grow as a leader.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to promote Reagan’s legacy by conveying, educating and engaging people around the world in his core principles of freedom, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride.