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Five College-Bound Seniors Share Wimmer Scholarships Totaling $640,000

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Posted: Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Jan. 15, 2013

Five outstanding college-bound high school students in three states have been awarded scholarships by Saint Vincent College totaling $640,000 in its annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition, it was announced by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.


The top awardee, Alexander T. Pawlikowski, a senior at York Catholic High School, has been awarded a full tuition, room and board scholarship valued at $160,000.

He plans to major in pre-medicine in pursuit of his career goal of becoming a neurologist. The Wimmer Scholarship Award accompanies enrollment at Saint Vincent.

The son of Gregory and Christine Pawlikowski of Windsor, he is a member of Saint Joseph Parish, York.

Pawlikowski has been active in varsity soccer at York Catholic as well as the United Parish Soccer Club where he also served as an assistant coach. He is a volunteer with the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry and worked as setup coordinator with the Saint Joseph Parish Bingo.

A member of the honor roll, he is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. He is enrolled in both advanced placement calculus and advanced placement chemistry at York Catholic.


Kendra N. Anderson of Plum, a senior at Plum Senior High School, has been awarded a full tuition scholarship valued at $120,000. Anderson plans to major in accounting with a minor in Spanish.

She has been active as a member of the National Honor Society, a senior class representative with the student government and varsity team captain for the Plum girls’ volleyball team. She serves as a counselor for SummerBLAST Camp at Unity Church. She was also voted Most Likely to Brighten Your Day by her senior classmates.

She is the daughter of Jay and Denise Anderson.


Abigail J. Beer of Avon Lake, Ohio, a senior at Avon Lake High School, has been awarded a full tuition scholarship valued at $120,000. She plans to major in chemistry.

She has been active as a member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society, and won the excellent delegation award for participation in Model United Nations where they debated current political issues from the viewpoint of different countries. She is a member of the Key Club (volunteer for various school and community events), Spanish Club, and was a volunteer with Family Promise of Greater Cleveland where she worked with homeless families seeking emergency or transitional housing. She also participated in CYO athletics (volleyball and basketball), served as a scorekeeper for volleyball games as a community service volunteer, was a volunteer assistant coach for a grade school volleyball team and participated in recreational softball.

She has been honored with membership in the Summa Cum Laude Society, Renaissance Gold Card, and Student of the Month in Honors English, Honors Chemistry and AP Psychology and has received the Principal’s Academic Excellence Award and the PSEO Outstanding English Student Award.

She is the daughter of John and Jacqueline Beer of Avon Lake.


Alexander J. Davis of Greensburg is a senior at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Unity Township. He has been awarded a full tuition scholarship valued at $120,000. Davis will begin studies in accounting at Saint Vincent in the fall. He is the son of Ronald and Laura Davis.

He is an active member of the church, serving in hand bell choir, as an usher, liturgical deacon, and youth representative of the church council at Latrobe Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is also active in other areas of the community such as local food banks, soup kitchens, and as a member of his local volunteer fire department.

His academic honors include 1st place Junior in the continental math league in Greater Latrobe, Graduate of Kennametal Corporation’s “Young Engineers” program, and enrollment in several AP courses: U.S. History, Composition, German, Literature, and Calculus. He was also involved in several musical programs including Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band.


Brittany J. Hadden of Broomall, PA, a senior at Marple Newtown High School, Newtown Square, PA has been awarded a full tuition scholarship valued at $120,00. Hadden will begin studies in physics or computing and information science at Saint Vincent in the fall.

She has been active in the Delaware County 4-H program which includes a regional hippology contest and horse show. She also cares for horses and raises sheep and beef. As a junior leader Brittany participated in mission trips in 2011 and 2012. In her junior year, she was honored with the Certificat de Reussite dans Le Grand Concours Niveau by participating in the national French Contest. A participant in the district gifted program since third grade, she has also independently studied French III and V and pre-calculus. Her hobbies include: jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, video editing, digital drawing, writing and reading. She completed courses in advanced placement European History, Computers and French. She is currently taking Advanced Placement, Physics, Calculus AB and English World Literature.


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 Wimmer Scholarship Award accompanies enrollment at Saint Vincent. The scholarship winners are based on their performance on a written examination which was given at the College in November. Students who participated in this year’s examination were nominated by their high school principals because they were college-bound and met academic qualifications. This is the 31st year for the scholarship competition. More than two hundred high school students participated in the competition this year.


Photos: Alexander T. Pawlikowski, Kendra N. Anderson, Abigail J. Beer, Alexander J. Davis, Brittany J. Hadden 


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