Inauguration of Margee Ensign

Margee Ensign speaks during her inauguration as the 29th president of Dickinson College in October.

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Carlisle residents who plan to attend Dickinson College now have the opportunity to earn a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.

Dickinson College President Margee Ensign announced the creation of the Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship Monday. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a college-bound Carlisle resident who is engaged in service and leadership in the community.

Ensign said the scholarship reflects Dickinson’s “deep commitment” to the community and to providing an education that informs a life of civic engagement.

“Dickinson prepares engaged citizens and the leaders of tomorrow,” Ensign said in a news release. “We are encouraging Carlisle students to continue their service for the common good at Dickinson, while benefiting from an exceptional liberal-arts education.”

Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship candidates must be residents of Carlisle, whether attending an area high school or home schooled, have a permanent Carlisle postal address at the time of the award, and have the intention of full-time college enrollment at Dickinson the following fall.

Students with financial need will receive priority consideration in the scholarship selection process.

Nominations are accepted from the community, and candidates may also self-nominate. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2018, using the Common Application at commonapp.org.

Candidates must also write a 500- to 700-word essay describing what “engaged citizenship” means to them, how they have engaged in service or leadership in the community, and how they hope to continue to serve others during their time at college.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence, engagement in the community, drive to confront important issues and a strong sense of integrity, selflessness and service.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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