William and Mary

Colin Weinshenker

Colin Weinshenker

Murray 1693 Scholar


Rochester, MN (Mayo High School)

Why W&M

My decision to attend William & Mary was largely based upon the same factors that draw so many students: academic rigor, research opportunities, and a community based on scholarship. But on paper those benefits are broad enough to appear on university pamphlets anywhere. When I was contacted as a finalist for the 1693 scholarship, however, I felt William & Mary had offered me something other colleges hadn’t: a statement of faith. Giving my research presentation during the recruitment weekend, I felt W&M set itself apart from the mostly impersonal college application process. Here was an opportunity to show what I had really learned throughout high school, and to have that knowledge vetted. Leaving Williamsburg, I knew that, whether or not I received the scholarship, W&M would be high, if not highest, on my list.

Intended Major

Undecided (with a possible double major in English and Computer Science or Economics—or scratch all that and go premed. I’m hazarding here.)

High School Activities
  • Served as Chief Marketing Officer (Junior year) and Chief Executive Officer (Senior year) for the Minnesota Student Energy Project, a student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes alternative energy education in high schools.
  • Writing lab hermit, part time
  • Participated in Model United Nations
  • Two-time participant in the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl competition, taking third place junior year
  • Took private lessons in flute and classical guitar
  • Played intramural basketball and ultimate frisbee (league champs)
  • National Merit Commendation
  • National Spanish Exam Silver (3 years)
  • Gold Key Award, 2012 National Writing Awards Midwest-Region-at-Large