Nicki James, a senior at Westminster High School, has been named a Dorsey Scholar at McDaniel College, earning a four-year scholarship, including full tuition, room, and board. The Dorsey Scholarship is the highest academic honor at McDaniel and is valued at more than $200,000.
James, who graduates from Westminster High School on June 3, 2022, during a ceremony to be held at McDaniel College, will enter McDaniel in Fall 2022. She is one of three incoming freshmen for the Class of 2026 awarded a Dorsey Scholarship.
James serves as the class president at Westminster High School and a yearbook copy editor. She is the founder of the Environmental Action Club, as well as an environmental mentor and counselor at the Carroll County Public Schools Outdoor School. She is an executive board member of the International Thespian Society; Stand Up, a student club to spread unity and kindness; and Sources of Strength, a universal suicide prevention program. She is also vice president of Rho Kappa, national social studies honor society, and treasurer of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society, in addition to being a member of the math and science honor societies.
She is a student marshal and peer facilitator in her school’s counseling office and has also interned with Together We Own It, a nonprofit in Westminster whose mission is to work with children and families to break the cycle of poverty, trauma, and mental illness. She plans to major in social work at McDaniel.
The Dorsey Scholars Program honors and celebrates outstanding and high-achieving students who will become future academic leaders and role models on campus at McDaniel. Dorsey Scholars have distinctive opportunities, including serving as ambassadors of the college. Students do not apply for the award but are chosen from the Honors applicant pool. The Dorsey Scholars Program is supported by a $6.7 million estate gift from 1891 alumnus Philip Henry Dorsey, the largest bequest for scholarships in McDaniel’s history.