Hail to the chiefs–all 62 of them!
Justine and Danielle Lorenc share a lot—family, friends, interests, appearance—and a very prestigious honor. The 18-year-old twin sisters are among COD’s elite group of Presidential Scholars.
This year, the College received more than 230 applications for the full-tuition award valued at $8,704. In all, 62 high-achieving candidates attained the highly coveted scholarship, including not one but two sets of twins.
Do twins have an advantage when it comes to academic success? Not really, say the Lorenc sisters, two bright, talented individuals who happen to share the same birthday.
Their accomplishments originate like every other Presidential Scholar—from a strong commitment to achieve their personal best.
“We pretty much studied individually,” says Justine. “We didn’t really feel the need to compete with each other.”
“I have my own standards, and Justine has hers,” says Danielle. “If I meet mine, I’m OK with that.”
COD’s Presidential pool carried an average GPA of 4.013 and an average ACT composite score of 28.07. In fact, 30 Presidential Scholars reported ACT scores of 30 or better; 59 are Illinois State Scholars. All Presidential Scholars are automatically enrolled in the College of DuPage Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
Several of the Presidential Scholars also serve as Student Ambassadors.
Just as impressive as the credentials they bring are the expectations that come with the honor. Presidential Scholars must pursue a degree or certificate at College of DuPage, enroll in a minimum of 15 hours per semester, maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and complete a minimum of 15 Honors credit hours, including an Honors seminar and/or Humanities 2210, Leadership Development, as well as a designated Service Learning course or 20 hours of approved volunteer work during their first year at COD.
“Presidential Scholars set the academic bar higher for all students,” says College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder. “By attracting so many top performers from all around District 502, we create a strong, challenging and diverse learning environment that powers up every aspect of the student experience here at College of DuPage.”
Justine plans to parlay her passion for biology into a career in research, possibly genetics. Danielle is also interested in biology and is exploring the nursing profession. While Justine and Danielle considered other schools, COD topped both their lists.
“It just makes sense we both chose this school because obviously we’re going to college at the same time, and this was much more affordable than going to a big four-year school,” says Justine.
“I’ve heard COD is very good at preparing you, sometimes better than the four-year universities, for the last two years of college, when you’ve got more specialized classes,” says Danielle.
Here’s why other Presidential Scholars chose College of DuPage.
“COD is a great place to take classes related to my major, while also expanding my skills and interests,” says Claira Mittman, who plans to major in wildlife biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“The Engineering Pathways program encouraged me to choose College of DuPage because it ensured that I could go to U of I and be on track with the outstanding program they have,” says Chris Collins.
Nissa Anderson plans to study music and transfer to Lake Forest College. “COD is a great way to keep on track academically while still being able to save some money.”