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Stehlik receives full-tuition scholarship to HPU as student in university’s Honors Academy

Penny StehlikBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – Penny Stehlik of Round Rock was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Stehlik, who graduated from a homeschool program in May and began her freshman year at HPU this fall, is majoring in English and the Academy.

The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: The Program for Civic Leadership and Public Policy is designed for academically gifted students who aspire to leadership roles in a variety of careers. Students develop critical-thinking skills by analyzing current issues through the multidisciplinary Honors Academy major, which includes courses from the School of Humanities and the School of Business.

Stehlik learned of HPU and the Academy through a friend in the program and chose to attend because she liked the faculty and students she met on campus.

“I feel that the strength of the academics and the quality of the friends I have made will help me grow intellectually, relationally and spiritually,” she said.

Stehlik is a member of HPU’s Model United Nations team and plans on joining other organizations as well. Upon graduating from the university, she would like to do governmental work or missions.

“We are thrilled to welcome an exceptional new class into HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, Academy director. “Penny joins a small cohort of equally dedicated, bright and talented students as they learn to put into practice the Academy’s motto: ‘Facing the Future with Faith and Knowledge.’”

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Cutline: Penny Stehlik received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Howard Payne University as a student in the university’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.