Stephanie Desrosiers reacts after being named the winner of the Brenau Ideal Scholarship Competition and earning a $3,000 scholarship to Brenau. Derosiers also won the essay portion of the competition bring her total winnings to $4,000 and a gift certificate towards a Brenau University class ring.

Brenau Ideal Scholarship Competition

During this year’s Winter Weekend at Brenau University perspective Women’s College students arrived on the Gainesville campus for a weekend of events and informational sessions about the school. A highlight of the weekend was the Brenau Ideal Scholarship Competition where 13 contestants competed in three categories: essay writing, oratory and talent, and the woman with the highest combined score earned a $3,000 scholarship and a gift certificate toward a Brenau class ring. Each separate category was awarded a $1,000 scholarship as well, which helped this year’s competition set the record for the largest amount of scholarship dollars awarded in the competition’s history.

The annual competition, which in the past was known as Miss Brenau, identifies a woman who best represents the Brenau Ideal. This year Stephanie Desrosiers, a sophomore occupational therapy student from Voluntown, Conn., took home the top prize as well as the award for best essay. Ari Snowden, a freshman musical theater student from Macon, Ga., earned the award for best talent with her performance of The Girl in 14G by Kristen Chenoweth. Landon Farrow, a sophomore fashion merchandising student from Martin, Ga., won the award for best original oratory presentation.

Traditionally the contest has only been open to freshman Women’s College students. This year, however,  Women’s College sophomores were also allowed to enter.

Besides a demonstration of the top-three talents and the awards ceremony, audience members were entertained with videos featuring Brenau students and traditions, performances from dance department students and a performance but the university drum line.

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