STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville announced the winners of the ninth annual Father Michael Scanlan Scholarship Competition. The two winners were chosen from among 80 competitors from 26 different states.
Catherine Troll is a homeschooled student from Somerset, Pennsylvania. She hopes to major in English writing.
Kelly Schaffer from Whitehouse, Ohio, will graduate this spring from Anthony Wayne High School. She plans to major in British and American literature while participating in the Great Books Honors Program.
Each won a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Franciscan University, beginning in fall 2012.
In February, 80 high school seniors competed for the scholarships by participating in a written essay, an interview before a panel of faculty, staff, and religious, and a group presentation.
The students represent some of the top high school seniors in the nation, with ACT composite scores of 31 or higher, SAT composite scores of 1360 or higher, and a GPA generally above 3.9 or higher.
The scholarship program is named in honor of President Emeritus Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, who served as president of Franciscan University for 26 years and was instrumental in revitalizing the Catholic identity of the school.
Franciscan University integrates strong academic programs with a dynamic faith environment to serve over 2,400 students from all 50 states and 15 countries. It offers 40 undergraduate and seven graduate degree programs, the most popular of which include theology, catechetics, nursing, education, and business administration.
Franciscan University has received a top-tier placement for 11 consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges, and is featured in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine’s top 100 “best values” in private higher education.