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High school students to trade chemistry knowledge for scholarships and cash

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2006) -- High school seniors will spend the day on the Ohio University campus Saturday, Nov. 11, for the 24th annual Ohio Chemistry Contest. 

The contest, in which students take a written chemistry test, awards prizes for the first 14 places, and all who place receive certificates and a college-level textbook. The grand prize is $100 in cash and a full tuition scholarship renewable for up to three years, provided the recipient maintains a 3.4 grade point average. Other scholarships and cash prizes are rewarded to subsequent places.

"The contest allows us to get good students to come to Ohio University," said emeritus professor of chemistry and contest director James Tong. "The student who wins the scholarship does not have to even major in chemistry; we just want quality students at the university."

To be eligible for the contest, students must be in the top 10 percent of their class or be recommended by a chemistry teacher as an outstanding student in science and mathematics. Students must also complete an official application and return it to the director of the competition by the fall deadline.

Students from all over the state will take a one-hour written test in Clippinger Laboratories that will test their knowledge in a range of categories, including but not limited to electrochemistry, stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction reactions and molecular structures. Tie-breaking essay questions may also be included if necessary. 

Tong has been the director of this contest since 1983. When asked why he is still participating in his 80th year of life, his response was quite simple.

"I believe anyone who is able-bodied should do something," Tong said. "So this is what I do."

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides the scholarships and the Department of Chemistry contributes cash prizes and the textbooks. 

The awards are given as follows: 

  • First place: $100 in cash and a full-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to three years if the recipient maintains at least a 3.4 grade-point average.
  • Second place: $50 in cash and a one-year $2,000 tuition scholarship.
  • Third place: $25 in cash and a one-year $1,500 tuition scholarship.
  • Fourth place: $25 in cash and a one-year $1,200 tuition scholarship.
  • Fifth place: $25 in cash and a one-year $1,000 tuition scholarship.
  • Sixth place: $25 in cash and a one-year $900 tuition scholarship.
  • Seventh place: $25 in cash and a one-year $800 tuition scholarship.
  • Eighth to 14th place: $15 in cash for each person.

All winners will also receive certificates and college-level textbooks. For more information visit www.ohiou.edu/chemcontest/.

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