Paige Copenhaver

Paige CopenhaverPutting Faith First

Paige Copenhaver chose a solid foundation at George Fox

Yale and Dartmouth had both offered her a full ride scholarship, but for Paige Copenhaver the choice was clear. “I chose to come to George Fox instead of the Ivy Leagues,” she says, “and I’m really happy with that decision.”

A biology major set to graduate this December after just two and a half years of undergraduate work, Copenhaver’s 2180 SAT score and impressive high school resume allowed her the freedom to attend just about any college in the country. But in the end Paige chose to accept presidential merit and science scholarships from George Fox, which allowed her to learn about the world around her from a Christian perspective – a rare luxury in her field.

“I’m doing a PhD as soon as I graduate from here in the sciences,” she explains. “That’s a pretty secular world, and I wanted to have a foundation in a Christian education before I moved off into that.”

Paige’s experiences at George Fox also included participating in two May Serve trips and serving for a year as ASC Experiential Chaplain, which gave her the chance to plan short excursions designed for students to “experience God through his creation.”

But this aspiring research professor gained the most from one-on-one interactions with her professors, whether it was lengthy conversations about creation or working side-by-side with biology professor Don Powers on a recent research trip to Manitoba, Canada.

“It’s really cool to not only be able to connect with your professors as far as education or research,” she says, “but to be able to connect with them on a faith-based level as well.”