Mason Mack is a senior at Cincinnati Country Day School, and while his is not a unique story – many Country Day students are offered scholarships every year – his story exemplifies the extraordinary accomplishments and remarkable reliance and drive that are required to achieve such outcomes.
Mack was recently offered three prestigious, competitive scholarships from the University of Cincinnati – the Cincinnatus Presidential Scholarship, the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship and the Lindner Business Honors Scholarship. To be offered these scholarships is not only an incredible academic honor but is also a financial relief because the scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, and fees.
Through UC's business honors program, Mack could participate in work experiences throughout the city and study abroad within his first two years of college. "I want to see the world, and this is a very attractive aspect of the experience that UC provides," explained Mack.
In addition to UC's scholarship package, he was offered the Ohio State University's Morrill Scholarship, which is the school's "premier diversity/merit scholarship program, rewarding academically talented students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership, service and social justice activities." Mack finds himself drawn to the program.
"I am passionate about strengthening myself as a leader and working in my community," said Mack. "This scholarship from OSU is focused on making a push for diversity and change – that makes it really attractive to me. From a social justice perspective, OSU is more attractive to me and could open new doors for what I really want to do and set me apart after college."
Mack must make his decision by mid-April. Regardless of where he goes, he plans on studying business analytics and data science, while also looking out for the wellbeing of those around him.
"I want to break the mold. I want to bring honesty to the business world and be approachable while also performing well for the company for which I work. Ultimately, either school is going to give me a good experience and set me up for success. I need to decide which school is going to make me feel like more than just a number and is going to be the place where I can make the biggest impact."
Mack is already making an impact. He has worked on the student newspaper, runs track, was co-captain of the varsity basketball team, participates in the youth ministry at his church, volunteers at Matthew 25: Ministries, and is a youth docent at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He was even recognized by and spoke at the Freedom Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year for his work as part of the Freedom Center's King Legacy Youth Leadership Program.
And what is not unique about this incredible success story? Each year, dozens of Country Day's seniors must make difficult decisions regarding where they will matriculate after graduation. With a 100% graduation rate and a 99% matriculation rate to colleges and universities around the country and beyond, Country Day students are frequently presented with myriad options.
"Mason has been a wonderful force on our campus, and he joins a long legacy of Country Day graduates who've won full-ride scholarships to their colleges and universities of choice," said Sarah Beyreis, director of college counseling and external opportunities. "I know Mason will make a huge contribution wherever he goes!"
As far as where Mack decides to attend college? At the time of this story's publication, the choice was not yet made.
"When you come this far, you have to make these hard decisions for your future, and it's not easy. It's critically important that you're true to yourself, that you're putting yourself in the best position to succeed."