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Waterloo Senior Is Semifinalist For National Scholarships

A Waterloo High School senior is a semifinalist in two national scholarship programs.

Abigail Burm is one of 411 high school seniors from across the country who has been named a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Cooke College Scholarship. Abigail is also one of 500 national semifinalists for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship.

The Cooke College Scholarship provides $55,000 annually for four years of college. About 60 recipients from a pool of 5,300 will be announced in April.

The Elk’s MVS scholarships are based on academics, service, leadership and financial need. Semifinalists are guaranteed to receive a scholarship of at least $4,000 and the top 20 finalists can earn scholarships in excess of $20,000.

Abigail hopes to study animal science and behavior on a pre-vet track in college. Her passion for helping animals was fueled by the time she spent volunteering at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester and the Seneca Falls Veterinary Hospital.

“I just fell in love with animal sciences after that,” she says.

Abigail, who founded Bailey’s Boutique at Waterloo High School with her younger sister, Amelia, last year included her experience with the thrift store in some of her scholarship essays.

Abigail said she discovered the scholarships using different search engines online and offered some advice for fellow students.

“It doesn’t hurt to apply, you never know.”

Congratulations, Abigail.