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CHESTER, PA (09/19/2019)-- Widener University was pleased to welcome 14 students in the 2019 freshmen class who have enrolled at the university as Apogee Scholars. Scholars are recognized by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener for their high potential to lead positive change on campus and in their communities. The students were all recipients of Widener High School Leadership Awards, and each received a $20,000 scholarship to attend Widener. Students salute

As High School Leadership Award recipients, all of the students were nominated by their high schools for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools.

Apogee Scholars make significant leadership contributions within the university community. They plan and execute Widener's annual Courage Day, facilitate lectures and special programs on campus, earn leadership certificates through the Oskin Institute, and participate in regular leadership development activities. They also are afforded a full year of one-on-one leadership coaching sessions during their junior year at Widener - a valuable experience that fosters professional development as students work toward successful careers.

The class of 2023 Apogee Scholars includes:

Zora DeSeignora of Burlington, New Jersey, 08016. DeSeignora attended Burlington Township High School and is studying Exploratory Studies at Widener.

Jo'Elle Evans of Bridgeton, New Jersey, 08302. Evans attended Cumberland Regional High Sch and is studying Biomedical Engineering at Widener.

Journei Hutchings of Voorhees, New Jersey, 08043. Hutchings attended Eastern Regional High School and is studying Nursing at Widener.

Emily Rudolph of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, 08234. Rudolph attended Egg Harbor Township HS and is studying Engineering at Widener.

Justin Saporito of Shamong, New Jersey, 08088. Saporito attended The Kings Christian School and is studying Chemistry at Widener.

Megan Sharp of Clayton, New Jersey, 08312. Sharp attended Clayton High School and is studying Political Science at Widener.

Juliana Sweeney of Williamstown, New Jersey, 08094. Sweeney attended Paul VI High School and is studying Nursing at Widener.

Jaime Zima of Mount Royal, New Jersey, 08061. Zima attended Gloucester County Institute of Technology and is studying Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy at Widener.

"I am excited to be working with our class of 2023 Apogee Scholars," said Hal Shorey, the John Sevier endowed director of the Oskin Leadership Institute. "These are amazing students who really stand out for their initiative and energy as they embark on their leadership journeys. They are what remind me of why I entered the field of leadership development in the first place. These students will all make huge contributions in their chosen fields and their wider communities."

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,