Ryan Frier '21 has been selected as one of the state's 2020 Connecticut Scholars. He was chosen from an entry pool of the top juniors in Connecticut's high schools.
The Connecticut Scholars Program recognizes academically talented juniors. All principals of CAS member high schools are given the opportunity to nominate one junior ranked in the top 5 percent of his/her class. An essay on an assigned topic is completed online.
The topic of Frier's essay: To what degree do protests by ordinary citizens have the potential to bring about social, political, or economic change?
Those chosen are selected by a committee made up of professional educators from throughout Connecticut. The judges assign a composite score based on a student's PSAT score and the essay. Only 22 juniors are selected.
The program was renamed this year. It had been the Governor's Scholars Program for 23 years.
Normally all the scholars would have been honored at a May 21 luncheon, but the event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a virtual recognition ceremony is being explored.
Mailed to the home of each winner is an award certificate as well as information on the University of Connecticut's Academic Excellence Scholarship. UConn offers recipients of the award an Academic Excellence Scholarship for the fall 2021 entering class. It is awarded for each of four academic years (eight full semesters of undergraduate work) and its current fixed amount is $7,500 a year.
Frier also was selected for the Discovery to Cure 6-week summer research program at Yale Medical School. Because of COVID-19, that program will be replaced with a one-day "Elite Young Professionals Medical Conference" at Yale Medical School in October. It is designed for those who wish to pursue fields of science.
Xavier High School is a private, Catholic all-boys school in MIddletown, CT. It is a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School.