Voorhees High School senior wins most prestigious merit based scholarship at Appalachian State University


BOONE, N.C. – Sydney Stoter of Califon, New Jersey, is one of six high school seniors to be awarded Appalachian State University’s most prestigious, merit-based scholarship, which covers full institutional costs as well as an additional $10,000 experiential learning stipend. Stoter is the daughter of Kenneth and Cynthia Stoter.


The Wilson Scholarship was established as Appalachian’s premier scholarship program in 2013 with a generous donation from Brad and Carole Wilson, Appalachian alumni of the Class of 1975. Brad Wilson is CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Carole Wilson is a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.


Dr. David Marlett, faculty director of the Wilson Scholars Program, said, “The selection committee reviewed over 3,100 freshmen applications, and the final candidates were interviewed by committee members during Scholars Day earlier this spring. All the candidates were outstanding, and we feel the six selected best exemplify the right combination of academic success and commitment to servant leadership.”


Stoter is an active member of Key Club, Spanish Club, the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society. She is an Xcel Platinum-level gymnast having competed at local, state and national competitions. Stoter’s Jewish education and background have been foundational for her personal growth and has led her to serve as an impactful Hebrew tutor for others in her community. In 2015, Stoter was invited to participate in the highly selective Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program in New York aiming to empower young women to uphold Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy of equality and respect for others, courageousness and positive change, powerful ideals that Stoter now recognizes as her own. Stoter aspires to be a speech language pathologist. Her intended major is communication sciences and disorders.


About the Wilson Scholarship


The Wilson Scholars Program embodies the Appalachian spirit: a rich blend of academic excellence, leadership and service. This scholarship program attracts outstanding students, instills in them a commitment to change the world, and provides the resources for students to think creatively, strategically and collaboratively.

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The Wilson Scholarship covers tuition, fees, book rental, and room and board. In addition, scholars receive $2,500 annually for four years to pursue academic and service projects of their own conception. The incoming class will also take a weeklong academic trip to Costa Rica during winter break.
High school seniors may apply for the Wilson Scholarship by completing the freshman Merit-Based Scholarship Application after submitting their application for admission. Final selection is based on the students’ academic achievements, as well as their service and leadership in their communities and schools. Learn more at wilsonscholars.appstate.edu.

Wilson Scholars receive a personalized educational experience in and outside the classroom designed in partnership with their faculty director. Wilson Scholars also learn to incorporate their passions into their life and career goals as they participate in specially designed seminars, engage in international experiences and design capstone projects. Each year, Wilson Scholars focus on an area of community and self-discovery as part of their education at Appalachian. Internships, research and study abroad are also part of the Wilson Scholars experience.


About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.