padre-pio-16-1On March 2, Christendom College welcomed sixteen of the best and brightest applicants to the college for the annual Padre Pio Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition, organized by the admissions office. Held every year on campus, the competition gave the applicants a taste of life at Christendom, where they sat in on classes, listened to presentations, and met with a faculty panel before ending the day at an elegant reception.

The young men and women who participated this year all scored highly on their standardized tests, maintained impeccable GPAs in high school, wrote excellent application essays, and impressed the judges with their competition essay on the value of a liberal arts degree. Standing out in a prestigious group of 40 applicants, the sixteen finalists were invited to compete on campus for two four-year full-tuition scholarships to Christendom.

“By being given the opportunity to tour campus, hear from and mingle with our esteemed faculty and staff, and experience our rigorous classes, each of these sixteen impressive young men and women learned and experienced what life is truly like at Christendom. Each of them is amongst the best in the nation — our faculty panel certainly has their work cut out for them in choosing only two to award this prestigious scholarship,” says director of admissions Sam Philips.

Presentations were given to the participants and their families by college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, admissions director Sam Phillips, vice president of enrollment Tom McFadden, and career and leadership director Greg Monroe, and history professor Dr. Brendan McGuire.

The day concluded with an elegant dinner reception, where the participants and their families were able to relax and mingle with faculty and staff, while enjoying live, classical music from current students.

This is the fifth year of the Padre Pio Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition, with previous winners being seniors Maria Bonvisutto and Joseph Bond, junior Emily Raabe, sophomores Carolyn Manion and Grace Mooney, and freshmen Morgan Witt and Katherine Williams.

Students who did not meet the criteria to participate in the competition, or those who did not make it to the final sixteen, are still eligible to take part in Christendom’s scholarship matching program, whereby they bring their scholarship offers from other colleges for Christendom’s scholarship committee to review.

To learn more about the scholarship competition or Christendom’s scholarship matching program, please contact the admissions office.

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