The county’s top scholar

Top County scholarship recipient accepts offer from private Minn. college



By Trudy Balcom

SARATOGA — Rowan Ford graduated from Saratoga High School with $633,708 in scholarship offers from five different colleges and universities from across the U.S.

Ford, one of the top students in his graduating class, knew he wanted to go out of state for college. He had the wonderful dilemma of evaluating several scholarship offers with six figures in them. But which one offered not only the best financial deal, but also the best match for his educational goals?

Ford had offers from institutions like Bard College in New York, the University of Denver, the University of Wyoming and Grinnell College in Iowa.

But Carleton College, in Northfield, Minn., was that best match, Ford said. Ford visited the campus back in October.

“They had the top of everything…debate team, students, I just got a good feeling,” he said.

Plus, the school made the best scholarship offer — $196,404 in financial support.

Ford plans to study chemistry and philosophy.

“I’m very interested in pharmaceutical science,” Ford said.

But as a member of Saratoga’s top-notch forensics team, he said he is also interested in debate and might consider a law degree as well.

As the scholarship offers from Bard College, the University of Denver and the University of Wyoming came rolling in, Ford said he was “very, very excited,” and that he had a hard time making up his mind.

The offer from Carleton College came in last and sealed the deal.

Ford is looking forward to getting settled on campus; new student orientation begins Sept. 4.

“I’m just excited for everything, really,” he said.

Ford does have advice for Carbon County high school juniors and seniors who are trying to figure out how to pay for college.

“I would say don’t be afraid to leave the state and don’t be afraid of sticker shock,” he said.

Ford said students shouldn’t overlook private schools that seem expensive, because sometimes they have more scholarship dollars to offer than public universities.

“Based on your situation, you can get a pretty good deal; that’s how it worked for me,” he said.

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