High school seniors Andrew Book and Cecilia Garvey have been named the winners of Christendom College’s 2017 Padre Pio Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition.

Following a rigorous selection process, including a special essay and an on-campus faculty interview, both contestants stood out as two of the best and brightest applicants to Christendom for this upcoming fall, and will now receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship.

“We are so excited to welcome Andrew and Cecilia to Christendom for the fall of 2017. They distinguished themselves from their peers through their excellent essays, and made a distinct impression on our faculty members in their interviews. They were both highly active and respected in their high school careers, and we believe they will have significant impact on our student body come this fall,” says director of admissions Sam Phillips.

Andrew Book is currently a senior at St. Michael’s Preparatory School, and is from Riverside, Ca.

Book, a native of Riverside, Ca., who attends St. Michael’s Preparatory School, has been involved in a variety of activities in high school, from student body president to captain of his football team. With a diverse set of interests, including debating and pro-life efforts, Book also spent time as a counselor for his school’s summer program, and as a member of the school’s robotics club.

Cecilia Garvey is currently a senior at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, and is a native of Manassas, Va.

Garvey is currently a senior at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, and is a native of Manassas, Va. When she’s not enjoying her passion for sports as a member of her school’s varsity field hockey, lacrosse, and swim teams, Garvey can be found pursuing her love of music, particularly as an accomplished violinist. She visited other big colleges and universities, but ultimately decided upon Christendom after being hooked by the Experience Christendom Summer Program. She plans on majoring in philosophy and sees Christendom as the best place to receive holistic development and further her education.

Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.