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Brandon Payne Recognized as Cowles Honor Scholar

ELMIRA, NY – Brandon Payne of Hastings was recognized as a Cowles Honor Scholar at the Elmira College Academic Honors and Student Recognition Celebration, held March 30, in Gibson Theatre.

The honor is presented to seniors who have earned a grade point average of 3.6 or above and, thus far, have sustained this academic achievement throughout their Elmira College career.

This honor is named for the College’s first president, Augustus Cowles.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college founded in 1855, located in Elmira.

The college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time mostly-residential students, and is the guardian of Quarry Farms where Mark Twain summered for decades and where he wrote many of his most iconic novels and is today a research center for visiting Twain scholars.

The college has been ranked as a Best College in the Northeast by the Princeton Review and a Top Tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked Elmira College as a leading college, nationally, for student internships.

The Philadelphia Inquirer cited the Elmira College campus as ‘picture postcard perfect.’