Presedential Scholars

Briar Cliff Announces Incoming Presidential Scholars

June 1, 2023

Briar Cliff recognized five incoming freshmen who have been awarded the Presidential Scholarship award. The Presidential Scholarship is the highest honor and largest scholarship available at BCU and is awarded to incoming undergraduate students who exemplify academic excellence, outstanding contributions in their community, and extraordinary leadership in their education careers. The incoming recipients are Jackson Johnson, Brady Rempel, Thea Dahlgren, Emma Erickson, and Ella Reinoehl.


Johnson, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, has maintained a 4.0 GPA during his tenure at East High School while participating in various extra-curricular activities. Johnson was named Student Council President, in charge of planning dances along with volunteer activities for the community. He also served as Executive Officer on the National Honor Society, assisting in planning community service projects. An eight-time letter winner for the Black Raiders, Johnson participated in football, tennis, baseball, and track and field. Johnson will major in secondary education and will be a member of the football team this fall.


Rempel, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, is a member of the national honor society and participates in community service yearly. Along with being a member of the baseball team in high school, Rempel also served as a youth baseball coach. He is a member of the Guardians Male Prayer Group, which meets weekly. Rempel intends to major in Kinesiology and Human performance and will be a member of the Charger baseball team this fall.


Dahlgren, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, has maintained a 4.0 GPA and participated in various extra-curricular activities. She was a member of a club football team, along with being a tutor. She assisted in student's study techniques mostly in science and mathematics. She recently participated in a research study, investigating the Swedish alcohol law. Dahlgren intends to major in biochemistry and will be a member of the women’s soccer team this fall.


Erickson, a native of Newell, Iowa, has maintained a 4.0 GPA through a diverse extracurricular activity portfolio. She was a member of the volleyball, basketball, softball, golf, track, and drill team all four years. She has volunteered as a film assistant for the football team, along with being a member of the jazz and concert band. Erickson was a member of the national honor society, along with being a math and student ambassador. Erickson intends to major in elementary education and will be a member of the golf team.


Reinoehl, a native of Blair, Nebraska, holds a 4.048 GPA and has been on the honor roll and national honor society. She has earned Summa Cum Laude, while also placing on the all-academic team for athletics. Reinoehl has volunteered her time to train youth athletes, while also working for Habitat for Humanity. She also served as a blood drive assistant, assisting in taking care of patients and spreading the importance of donating blood. Reinoehl will be a member of the Charger basketball team this upcoming year.


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