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Prospective students tour the Elmira College campus near the Gannett-Tripp Library as part of the 2022 Key Award Ceremony. Founded in 1935, the Elmira College Key Award is presented to outstanding students in their junior year of high school or preparatory school. (Photo Courtesy of Elmira College)
Prospective students tour the Elmira College campus near the Gannett-Tripp Library as part of the 2022 Key Award Ceremony. Founded in 1935, the Elmira College Key Award is presented to outstanding students in their junior year of high school or preparatory school. (Photo Courtesy of Elmira College)
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AYER — Jordan Burwell, a student at Ayer Shirley Regional High School, was recently awarded the Elmira College Key Award in recognition of their academic and community leadership, the school announced in a press release.

Founded in 1935, the award is presented to “outstanding students” in their junior year of high school or preparatory school. Recipients receive an $80,000 scholarship over a four-year period – $20,000 per year – should they go on to enroll at Elmira College.

Burwell was one of more than 700 “outstanding students” across 14 states and Puerto Rico to receive the award in 2022.

“This award is given to those who have exhibited their potential to excel academically and serve as leaders,” Elmira College President Charles Lindsay said in the press release. “We hope they will choose to make Elmira College their place.”

Elmira College Director of Admissions Patrick Gillette echoed Lindsay at the 2022 Key Award Ceremony on Monday, Aug. 22 and said “we want to invest in your success at Elmira College.”

“We know you are someone who would thrive as a member of the Elmira College campus community,” Gillette told students at the event.

Sponsored by the (Elmira College) Alumni Association, the Key Award recognizes students for “high scholastic achievement, leadership, citizenship and participation in extracurricular activities,” according to the press release.

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is “committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.” For more information on the school, visit https://www.elmira.edu.

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