CRESSON, PA. – Mount Aloysius College recognized 31 Mercy Presidential Scholars and their families recently at the Mercy Presidential Scholarship Dinner held in the school’s Cosgrave Student Center. The students, distinguished by their academic achievements, leadership and community service, earned a collective high school grade point average of 3.74 with critical reading and math SAT scores ranging between 1100-1350 on the 1600 scale. The community service component was a crucial selection criterion. Service is a core value of Mount Aloysius College – one of 18 colleges affiliated with the founding Religious Sisters of Mercy.
The Mount Aloysius College community service during the summer and fall of 2013 totaled nearly 8,000 hours. During that time various college groups completed 222 service projects throughout the southern Allegheny Mountain region as well as projects like the recent New Orleans service trip that touched people in other parts of the country and around the world in areas like Haiti and Guyana. Mount Aloysius College service opportunities seek solutions to problems in such diverse areas as economic opportunity, education, environment, health and wellness, veterans and deployed personnel. One hundred percent of Mount Aloysius College students perform community service as part of their educational experience.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that the students chosen as Mercy Presidential Scholars reflect the school’s expectations for their bright future. “This year’s Mercy Presidential Scholars were chosen on the basis of their community service and their academic talents,” he said. “At Mount Aloysius College it’s clear that character is the foundation for leadership, academic success and a deepening commitment to their community. We look forward to their future contributions at Mount Aloysius College,” he added.
Frank Crouse, vice president for enrollment management welcomed the group of Mercy Scholars, their parents, faculty and staff. “Of the many students competing for recognition as a Mercy Presidential Scholar,” he said, “these young men and women best exemplify the values and goals of Mount Aloysius. We are very glad to have them here.”
The College’s Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions hosted the event to recognize prospective students who demonstrate solid academics and a commitment to home, school and community.
The 2014 Mount Aloysius College Mercy Presidential Scholars and their majors include:
Kaitlynn Staley—Nursing (2+2).
Kayla Beech—Nursing (2+2).
Kirsten Ohler—Physician Assistant (3-2).
Chelsea Snelick—Nursing (2+2).
Brent Harpster—Information Technology.
Amber Koegler—Medical Imaging-Ultrasonography.
Todd Wardwell—Business Administration.
Leslie DeRepentigny—Nursing (2+2).
Courtney Lecker—Nursing (2+2).
Glen Burnie, MD
Kayla Blair—Physician Assistant (3-2).
Ngoc Le—Business Administration.
Homer City, Pa.
Bryan Buzi—Physician Assistant (3-2).
Kristan Rouser—Medical Imaging-Radiography.
Jessica Lee—Business Administration.
Crystal Cosgrove—Accounting; Victoria Good—English/Secondary Education; Kaitlyn Kleinman—Physical Therapy (4-3).
New Enterprise, Pa.
Sara Ellis—Medical Imaging-Radiography.
New Oxford, Pa.
Cynthia Santoyo—Physician Assistant (3-2).
Northern Cambria, Pa.
Chelsea Brady—History/Secondary Education.
North Pole, AK
Curtis Gelineau—Physical Therapy (4-3).
Dalton Garlick—Business Administration.
Rachel Mackrell—American Sign Language/English Interpreting.
Emily Chobany—Physical Therapy (4-3).
Rachel Haywood—American Sign Language/English Interpreting.
Kelsey Allison—Physician Assistant (3-2).
The Mercy Presidential Scholarship is valued at $12,000 per academic year, totaling $48,000 over a four-year period. For more information, contact the Mount Aloysius College Office of Admissions toll-free at 888-823-2220.