Saint Martin’s University’s Abbot Scholarships will now be available to graduates of any Catholic high school within the U.S. or its territories. Formerly, the full-tuition scholarships were available only to graduates of Catholic high schools within Washington.
“The Abbot Scholarships are a great way for us to honor our mission and identity as a Catholic, Benedictine university. The inclusion of other Catholic high schools from outside of our local region reflects our growing national reputation,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.
“The Abbot Scholars enrich our campus with their unique experiences and expertise” said Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., the University’s dean of enrollment. “The scholarship provides the University an opportunity to host some amazing students who might otherwise find cost a barrier to attending SMU. With 33% of the incoming freshmen coming from out of state, we felt this opportunity should be extended to students coming from further away as well.”
The scholarships honor Abbot Oswald Baran, O.S.B., Saint Martin’s first abbot and chancellor, who directed the school from its opening in 1895 until his death in 1928, and Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., its current abbot and chancellor. They are awarded to seniors graduating from Catholic high schools in the U.S. or its territories who have shown one or more of Saint Martin’s four core values – faith, reason, service and community – in their lives. The scholarships are full-tuition, need-based awards, renewable for four years. Abbot Scholars live on campus and act as leaders within the Saint Martin’s community, providing service to the University through work with Saint Martin’s Admissions, Campus Ministry, Career Development and with faculty members of their choosing.