Endurance Rider Lily Turaski earns full scholarship to Georgia Tech
Local home-schooled student Lily Turaski has been awarded the prestigious Stamps President’s Scholarship to attend Georgia Tech. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance for four years plus a stipend to be used for additional enrichment activities like study abroad. The scholarship is valued at over $200,000.
The Stamps Foundation invests in 225 students who will attend 43 different universities nationwide. Stamps Scholars are chosen for their strong leadership potential, academic merit, strong work ethic, and exceptional character. At Georgia Tech, Lily plans to study materials science engineering, which combines her love of physics, chemistry and math.
Turaski graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a Tennessee Scholar with distinction. She earned perfect scores on both the SAT and the ACT, and she is a National Merit Finalist. She represented Tennessee at the National Science Bowl three times, placing first in the nation in 2013 with her team in the engineering design document presentation. She placed in the top ten in the state three times in the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher’s Association (TMTA) High School Mathematics contest and first in the Southeast USA in the Student Math League contest. She was a national semifinalist in both the USABO Biology Olympiad and the USAChO Chemistry Olympiad.
In 2015 Turaski was selected to attend the Governor’s School for the Sciences, where she was voted Ms. Governor’s School. Last winter she entered the Quantum Shorts international essay contest, where she won the People’s Choice prize among entries from 25 countries. Turaski placed first in the state in the 4-H Public Speaking extemporaneous division, and her 4-H Hippology team represented Tennessee at the Eastern National contest last year where the team placed seventh and Lily placed fifth individually.
Turaski is a member of the Cedar Springs Homeschool Association, where she was the captain of her Scholars’ Bowl and Science Bowl teams and coached the middle school Science Bowl team. She has published several articles, including the results of a three-year science fair project about horse temperature regulation.
She has also been awarded the National Merit Scholarship, the Anne Ayala Endurance Horse Racing Scholarship and a Coca-Cola Scholarship.