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Ben Steinman

Murray 1693 Scholarben_steinman


Sellersville, PA (Pennridge HS)

Areas of Interest

Physics and Religious Studies

Why W&M

I wished I had a "dream school." Entering into my senior year of high school, I knew the academic environment I would thrive in at college: Ambitious to no end, but not cutthroat. Avant-garde, but down-to-earth. Diverse, but not disconnected. I knew I would need a greenhouse big enough to cultivate my wide palette of interests, and I knew I would need a garden intimate enough to set down a network of academic and social roots. The only missing piece was a college that would satisfy my often-contradictory checklist. I am tempted to throw in a Whitman quote about "contain[ing] multitudes," but perhaps I was just in over my head with expectations. 

Promptly after catching my breath for the first time in weeks after submitting my final college application, I was met with a mysterious cypher card -- which hinted at an early acceptance to the College -- and an even more mysterious offer to participate as a semi-finalist for the 1693 Scholars Program. Between waiting on umpteen of other schools' admissions decisions, blasting through scholarship applications, and resisting senioritis in my final semester of high school, I was relieved just to have secured my spot at an institution. 

Upon receiving good news from the other colleges I had applied to, I realized that each would fall short of my ideal. My "dream school", it seemed, really did only exist in a dream. However, progressing through the 1693 Scholars selection process, I saw myself forming those close connections I was searching for among the cohort of scholars and in other niches on campus. I saw an abundance of research opportunities and guidance opened to me through the program, the engaging faculty at William & Mary, and the $5,000 research stipend allotted to me to advance my academic pursuits. I also saw the financial freedom William & Mary uniquely extended to me for my undergraduate education. I am incredibly grateful to the program directors and to the College for investing in me and look forward to the adventures that await my cohort and me. 

W&M Activities
High School Activities
  • Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences 2021
  • President of Philosophy Club
  • Chief Science Officer
  • President of Student Council (2021 - 2022)
  • Treasurer of Student Council (2020 - 2021)
  • National Honor Society member
  • Link Crew Commissioner
  • Volunteer Nature Camp Counselor
  • County Student Board Member
  • Students for Education in Pennsylvania Board Member
  • English Tutor for Francophones
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Various graphic design projects
Awards / Distinctions
  • National Honor Society
  • National AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Samuel A. Green Scholar
  • William D. Mensch Jr. Award
  • Perkasie Lions Club Math Award
  • US Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award