MACON – Mercer University recently launched the new Certificate of Achievement and Service Excellence (CASE) talent identification program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school who demonstrate high aptitude and interest in research and service.

The CASE program seeks to identify rising high school sophomores and juniors who closely align with Mercer’s mission and recognize them for their commitment to excellence.

Two-thirds of Mercer students participate in at least one service-learning experience during their time on campus, and the CASE program will recognize students who value service both personally and as an important component of higher learning.

To be named a CASE Scholar, students must hold a 3.5 GPA or higher and be nominated for the program by a school counselor or teacher. Eligible nominees will then be invited by the Office of University Admissions to apply to the program. Scholars will be awarded the Certificate of Achievement and Service Excellence along with a $500 scholarship, contingent upon their acceptance and matriculation to Mercer University.

Beginning in 2022, the CASE program will introduce a summer on-campus experience, which will invite eligible CASE Scholars to campus for a multi-day immersive learning opportunity focused on service to the community. Students who participate in the on-campus experience will be named CASE Service Scholars and awarded a $2,000 scholarship, contingent upon their acceptance and matriculation to Mercer.

The CASE program will introduce high school students to the University’s Research That Reaches Out initiative, which integrates research and service and equips students in the residential undergraduate program with the skills required to engage in sophisticated research aimed at solving real problems facing humankind.