Eight named Peale Scholars

Eight incoming freshmen at Northwestern College—from California, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota—have been selected to receive Norman Vincent Peale Scholarships. Each student will receive a total of $45,000 over four years at Northwestern from the prestigious Peale Scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of exceptional academic abilities, Christian commitment and leadership skills.

“The students selected as Peale Scholars demonstrated a significant depth of Christian commitment, leadership and academic ability,” says Ron De Jong, Northwestern’s dean of enrollment services. “It is always a delight for me to participate in the Peale competition, because it brings to campus so many talented young people who possess the qualities we seek. Each participant has the potential to make a great contribution to this campus.”

The Peale Scholarship winners are: Jenna Boote of Hull, Iowa; Tyler De Jong, Long Beach, Calif.; Ross Hunter of Davenport, Neb.; Julie Johnson, Kenmare, N.D.; Amanda Kuehn, Lincoln, Neb.; Amanda Maloney of Hartley, Iowa; T.J. Philips of Le Mars, Iowa; and Matt Stanislav, Blencoe, Iowa.

This year’s winners have an average ACT score of 31. They include student council officers; National Merit semifinalists; volunteers for nonprofit organizations; students who have earned honors in math, speech and environmental competitions; and all-conference athletes.

One-hundred sixty-seven students applied for the Peale Scholarships. Seventy-one finalists, representing 12 states, were on campus in February for interviews and a writing competition.

Criteria for the Peale Scholar candidates included a ranking within the top 15 percent of their high school class or a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and a minimum ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1,130.

The Peale Scholarships were established by the late Mr. and Mrs. Homer Surbeck of Atherton, Calif., who were close friends of Norman Vincent Peale and his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale. Dr. Peale, who died in 1993 at the age of 95, was pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City from 1932-84 and author of 46 books, including “The Power of Positive Thinking.”