Jan. 16, 2019
Clare Mulcahy, a senior at Bradford Area High School, has been named the top winner in Saint Vincent College’s 38th annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition, according to an announcement by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.
Mulcahy, daughter of Francis and Mary Mulcahy of Bradford, won the top award of a four-year, full-tuition, room and board scholarship valued at more than $184,000. She was surprised with the presentation of the scholarship award in “prize patrol style” with an oversized check, balloons and flowers at Bradford Area High School on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Heather Kabala, Saint Vincent dean of admission, and Sharon Nincke, admission counselor, made the presentation.
Mulcahy has been accepted into the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, and is interested in studying either chemistry or biology. A national merit semifinalist, she is a four-year member of the Bradford Area marching band and has played the French horn and trumpet for school musicals and in number of band and orchestra festivals, including the Pennsylvania Musical Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra in 2018. Active in the Girl Scouts and a member of the Environmental Green Club, Mulcahy has been an altar server at her parish, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, for 10 years.
The Wimmer Scholarship Program is named in honor of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, who founded Saint Vincent College in 1846 as the first Benedictine college in the United States. The program is designed to recognize high school students with outstanding academic abilities and to encourage them to pursue a quality undergraduate education at Saint Vincent. The Scholarship winners are based on their performance on a written examination administered at Saint Vincent in November. Students who participated in this year’s examination were college-bound and met the academic qualifications of a minimum 3.5 grade point average and 1080 SAT. This is the 38th year of the scholarship competition, and 200 high school students participated.
Saint Vincent is a four-year, coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts and sciences college sponsored by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey. A diverse student population of undergraduates and graduate students hails from 29 U.S. states/territories and six foreign countries.
Saint Vincent College's approach to education is rooted in a core curriculum that provides all students with a broad-based education which provides a general body of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, an interdisciplinary view of that knowledge base and the skills to increase that general body of knowledge throughout their lives.
A photo gallery from the presentation to Mulcahy is available on the Saint Vincent Flickr account.
Photo A: Wimmer Scholarship Winner Clare Mulcahy
Photo B: Francis, Clare and Mary Mulcahy
Photo C: WJET interviewing Francis and Mary Mulcahy
YouTube: Saint Vincent College