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Regis Confers Prestigious Presidential Catholic Scholarships

March 23, 2012

President Hays and Cardinal Sean congratulate Standy Merizier of Boston College High SchoolWESTON. His Eminence Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap., was at Regis College in Weston on Thursday evening, March 22, to celebrate both current and incoming Regis College Presidential Catholic Scholars from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese and beyond.

Nicole Derosa of Pope John XXIII High School receives her scholarship from Cardinal Sean and President HaysThis is the fourth year of the selective scholarship, which began in 2008 with the aim to strengthen Catholic identity across the spectrum from Catholic secondary education to Catholic higher education. Regis College enrolls over 800 undergraduates and another 800 graduate students in a variety of academic programs.

“The Catholic community can be proud of the Catholic school system and the way Catholic education has passed on the faith and given people all over the world a way to move into the mainstream,” Cardinal Seán said. He alluded to data on the high outcomes of Catholic education in student testing and to Harvard University professor Robert Putnam’s book American Grace with its data on the contributions believers make to society.

The Regis Catholic Presidential Scholarship attracts high-achieving students recommended by their high school principals. Twenty-seven students have matriculated in the program, and this year the College has offered another twenty-two scholarships.

“You have been chosen primarily for academic excellence but also for your community service and leadership,” said Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “This will be the learning community in which you will most be able to fulfill your human potential and find your intellectual, social, and spiritual path.”

This year twenty-two students from high schools all over the Archdiocese have emerged as eligible candidates for the scholarship, including students from Fontbonne Academy, St. Clement High School, Pope John XXIII Central, Mount St. Joseph Academy, Sacred Heart High School, Elizabeth Seton Academy, Cardinal Spellman High School, Lowell Catholic, Notre Dame Academy, Boston College High School, Matignon, Arlington Catholic, Mount Alvernia, St. Mary Regional and Bishop Guertin. In addition students from Sacred Heart (CT), Notre Dame High School NH), Presentation of Mary High School (NH), Saint Francis (FLA), Cardinal Gibbons (FLA), St. Thomas Aquinas (FLA), and Academia del Perpetuo Sucorro (PR).

To be eligible for the Regis College Presidential Catholic Scholarship, the student should

  • Possess a 3.3 GPA (recalculated by the Regis College Office of Admission) and an 1100 (Critical Reading and Math sections) on the SAT or 24 on the ACT.
  • Go through the regular application process at Regis College as a prospective resident student and be accepted;
  • Be nominated by the head of the school (principal or headmaster/mistress or president or chief administrator) by January 15; and
  • Continue to meet the criteria while matriculating at Regis.
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