studentsThis Thursday, January 15, is the deadline to submit applications for Christendom College’s 2015 Padre Pio full-tuition scholarship competition. All eligible incoming students must have their application materials submitted to the college by Thursday in order to be considered for the competition, which will be held on Christendom’s campus on March 2. If a student is selected to attend the scholarship competition on March 2, they will be informed sometime between January 15 and January 22.

Christendom College has been offering a full-tuition scholarship competition since 2011, giving select students the opportunity to receive a rigorous liberal arts education for only the cost of room and board. Each year, two scholarships are awarded to incoming students who have illustrated their academic prowess through achieving specific standardized tests scores, writing an essay on a certain topic, and meeting with a panel of Christendom faculty members.

Generally, between 40-50 candidates have applied for the competition each year. This year, in an effort to find the “best of the best,” only a select number of applicants will be invited to campus to meet with a faculty panel and to compete for the coveted scholarships.

Students who meet eligibility requirements for the competition but are not awarded the Padre Pio Scholarship will each automatically receive an academic scholarship – either the Founder’s or President’s Scholarship.

If selected for the full-tuition scholarship, the students and their parents are invited to attend the Scholarship Competition on March 2 at Christendom’s Front Royal, Va., campus. Students will have the opportunity to sit in on classes, hear from college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, tour the campus, and mingle during dinner with Christendom’s esteemed faculty. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear from Dr. O’Donnell, as well as from admissions director Sam Phillips on such topics as financial aid, alumni and careers, the semester in Rome program, and much more.

All current high school seniors or college students wishing to transfer to Christendom in the fall are also encouraged to take advantage of Christendom’s generous Scholarship Matching Program, new this year to the college. Through this program, students can submit any academic scholarship offers that they have received from other colleges or universities and Christendom’s scholarship committee will review them to try and match the offer.

“We do not want anyone to be turned off to applying to Christendom because they received a seemingly big scholarship from someplace else,” says admissions director Sam Phillips. “If someone wants to attend Christendom, we want them to attend Christendom, and we will do our very best to make it affordable for them, and matching scholarships is just one of the ways we can do this.”

To read more about the Padre Pio full-tuition scholarship competition or to apply, please visit here.

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