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Bryce's Story


Bryce Merkl


Take Note: This Writing Major Loves ORU

Well-spoken and exhibiting an unassuming demeanor, honors student Bryce Merkl of Denver, Colo., definitely fits the profile of an aspiring writer. With hopes of working in the newspaper or magazine industry, he also wants to write novels.

After applying to ORU with a high ACT score and a 4.0 grade-point average, Bryce was invited to be a fellow in the ORU Honors Program and received the Presidential Scholarship, which covers 80 percent of his tuition. He has also attained scholarships for his work as the news editor of the student newspaper, The Oracle, along with a few other smaller scholarships. Scheduled to graduate in 2011, Bryce expressed that had it not been for the scholarships he has received, it would have been difficult for him to attend ORU without taking on a large amount of debt.

“The Presidential Scholarship was a big deciding factor to come” to ORU, Bryce said.

Bryce counts chapel services and his work with The Oracle as some of his most valuable experiences so far at ORU. He also shared that he greatly enjoys his interaction with his professors, who have challenged him to grow.

“When it gets into the nitty gritty, that’s what I love the most,” Bryce said. “There are lots of different things I like about ORU, but the faculty and the way they teach professionally, yet from a Christian worldview, is just priceless.”

Gifts to ORU really do make a difference in the lives of students like Bryce, providing scholarships and so much more. At this very moment, there are numerous Bryce Merkls in the U.S. and around the world who are hoping and praying for the opportunity to attend ORU -- and Gift Club members help make it happen.