College Announces Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition

August 30, 2010

For students graduating from high school in the spring 2011 and hoping to attend Christendom College in the fall of 2011, a new opportunity to compete for a full-tuition scholarship is now available. Students interested in competing for a full-tuition scholarship must meet certain academic criteria, submit a complete application for the fall 2011 semester, visit the campus during specific weekends, submit an essay, and meet with a faculty panel for evaluation.

christendom collegeAll incoming freshmen students with SAT scores of 2100 or higher or ACT scores of 32 or above, and who have completed an application for the fall 2011 semester, can apply for the full-tuition Padre Pio Scholarship competition. Additionally, students must attend a Crusader Visit Weekend in order to meet with a faculty panel for evaluation. The dates of the Crusader Visit Weekends can be found on the college's website.

"Following the Crusader Weekends, the faculty will select their top candidates from both of the Crusader Weekends, and my office will then notify the winners," says Director of Admissions Tom McFadden. "Two applicants will win the scholarships, but not necessarily one from each of the two weekends. The top two candidates from both weekends are the ones who will be offered the scholarships."

Applicants who meet eligibility requirements for the competition, and apply for the full-tuition scholarship but are not awarded the Padre Pio Scholarship, will automatically receive a Presidential Scholarship valued at around $31,000 over four years of study at Christendom College. All Presidential Scholarships are renewable for a total of four years, as long as the recipient keeps a cumulative GPA of 3.25. Awards are made on the basis of competition results, ACT/SAT test scores, and high school curriculum.

"We are very excited to be able to offer these full-tuition scholarships through the means of a competition," says McFadden. "Mr. William Carrigan, the man who helped us buy the land that our current campus is on today, had a great devotion to Padre Pio, even prior to the canonization of the holy Cappuchin priest from Italy. In return for Mr. Carrigan's generosity, he asked that we establish full-tuition scholarships in the name of Padre Pio, which we happily have done."

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