Tyler Henderson was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College as a National Merit Semifinalist at an academic signing on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Tyler will receive this scholarship for up to four years in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements.

At the signing, Tyler was honored and several guests spoke about his educational background and his future at Florida College. Jordon Hill, the assistant director of admissions, spoke first on behalf of Florida College, expressing what an asset Tyler will be to the campus.

“He doesn’t accept mediocrity or complacency,” Jordon said. “Instead, he excels, not just as a talented and inventive writer, but in academia as a whole. Yet, even more importantly, he is one who looks to Christ as an example.”

Dr. Daryl Ward, the principal at Harrison School for the Arts, and President Payne also spoke at the signing. Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions, closed the event by recognizing Tyler’s achievement as a National Merit Semifinalist.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high-school students enter the National Merit Program each year, and of those entrants, some 50,000 students qualify for recognition. Approximately one-third of those 50,000 high scorers qualify as Semifinalists, putting them in the top one percent of students in the country academically.

Tyler, of Lakeland, Florida, will graduate from high school in the spring of 2016. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Florida College and get involved on campus. He is interested in organizations like the Florida College Friends, chorus, jazz band and Oratory Union.

We are thrilled to have Tyler Henderson joining the Florida College family as a freshman next fall.