(Abilene, Texas) It was an exciting morning for Rachel Bean when she learned that she'd received a "free ride" to Hardin-Simmons University by winning the "Lights, Camera, Free Ride" video contest.
The announcement was made during Winter Preview, an event hosted by HSU to welcome prospective students to campus. Bean, a student and member of the soccer team at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, accepted the check for $36,280 surrounded by her family.
Winning second place was Chanae Pitts Richardson, from Springtown High School in Springtown, Texas.
The contest showcased incoming freshman who created 30-to 60-second videos celebrating their "#going2hsu" decision. Videos showcase students' dreams, expectations and how HSU will help make those dreams and goals a reality.
The first place winner received free tuition, room and meals for 2017-2018 academic year. Second place received free on-campus room for the 2017-2018 school year, valued at of $3,900. The remaining top 25 valid participants received a $1,000 one-time scholarship.
The contest allowed students to give their reasons for choosing Hardin-Simmons out of all the colleges in the US and share why they want to be part of HSU’s unique and authentic campus experience, according to Grant Greenwood, director of Admission and Recruiting at HSU.
Making higher education more affordable is a priority for HSU. In addition to the "Lights Camera Free Ride!" contest, HSU offers a wide range of scholarships to qualified students. Overall, 98 percent of the HSU student body receives financial aid.
Located in West Central Texas, Hardin-Simmons University is a liberal arts institution with 50 major and minor academic programs in fields such as business, nursing, education, science, ministry, leadership, music, and more. Part of the National Collegiate Athletic association, Division III, and the American Southwest Conference, HSU fields 16 athletic teams and many club and intramural sports teams, offering students a robust college sports experience.
Founded in 1891, HSU was voted as one of the "Best Western" universities by Princeton Review (2015) and ranked as one of the best "Regional Universities West" by US News & World Report (2016). In addition to its friendly welcoming atmosphere, the University also is noted for its stunning tree-lined campus, well-designed layout, and classic brick architecture.