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Scholarships pour in for woman

July 20, 2000

Scholarships pour in for woman



By MARC G. AUBER / Staff Writer


Faith in education has led Beth W. Myers to about $400,000 in merit scholarship offers.

After sifting through a number of offers from Goucher, Dickinson and Wilson colleges, she decided to major in biochemistry at Hood College in Frederick, Md., this fall.

Hood College offered her a package worth about $88,000, including a $50,000 Hodson Trust Academic Scholarship, a Hood Scholarship for $23,000 and a housing grant for $14,400.

Her awards will increase to accommodate any tuition or housing hikes.

Before selecting Hood, Myers also received about $115,000 in unsolicited merit scholarships from other schools.

"It was just the place I thought was best for me," Myers, 19, of Hagerstown, said. "I know I will have access to my professors there and it is very personal."

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Biochemistry wasn't always her first choice.

A proficient musician who plays the harp and piano, Myers considered focusing on music in college.

"My music teachers were a big influence on my life," she said.

Music took a back seat to biochemistry soon after she developed Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome about four years ago.

She said she became frustrated with how little doctors knew about her condition and what could be done to help her.

"I decided that if nobody else cared, I would care," Myers said. "This illness has changed the whole course of my life."

She hopes to one day enroll in a medical school or graduate program that will prepare her for research or laboratory work.

"I hope to study other illnesses and I hope to be of help to other people," Myers said. "Mission work is something that I might like to do."

She believes that God has guided her through life, giving her a sense of where she belongs through her commitment to Christianity.

"Everything I have accomplished is through the grace of God," Myers said. "If you live by God's rules he will bless you in every other area of your life."

She also credits her parents for her academic achievements.

"My parents really instilled in me that learning is a privilege, not a drudgery," Myers said.

Wayne A. and Tina Myers enrolled her in the Illinois-based Christian Liberty Academy home-schooling program since the fourth grade because they liked its reputation for comprehensive religious training and high academic standards.

"My closest friends are in my family," she said. "I wasn't influenced by peer pressure and it helped me concentrate on my studies."

Myers, who graduated this spring, said she is prepared for the next level.

"Always strive for the best," she said.

"Colleges right now are very competitive for top kids and they try to make things attractive to kids for them to come," Boyd Michael, director of secondary education for Washington County schools, said.

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