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Posted: Thursday Aug 23, 2012

August 23, 2012

Four students have been awarded scholarships totaling $32,000 in the first annual Aurelius Scholars Program at Saint Vincent College.

Students were selected on the basis of superior academic credentials and potential, including academic performance in high school, test scores, declared major and interest in the Aurelius Scholars Program.

Administered by the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent, the Aurelius Scholars Program is offered to motivated students interested in the intellectual heritage and the Great Books of Western Civilization. The Program’s course sequence is designed to satisfy part of Saint Vincent’s core curriculum.

Aurelius Scholars are committed to undertaking a coherent series of courses in Western philosophy, theology, history, literature and politics throughout their four years of college.

The 2012-2013 scholarship recipients are Mitchell Ross Magiera, a graduate of Serra Catholic High School, West Mifflin; Jacob Michael Sheehan, Saint Ignatius High School, Rocky River, Ohio; Benjamin Joseph Slomski, Cathedral Preparatory School, Erie; and Bridget Marie Synan, Oakland Catholic High School, Munhall. These students will each receive an annual academic scholarship of $2000 for each of the four years it will take them to complete the Aurelius Scholars Program and their undergraduate degrees.

The Aurelius Scholars Program is named in honor of the late Archabbot Aurelius Stehle, O.S.B., fourth archabbot of Saint Vincent and president of Saint Vincent College from 1918 to 1930. Born in Pittsburgh in 1877, Archabbot Aurelius was widely known as an accomplished scholar and teacher with extensive knowledge of the Western cultural and scholarly tradition and especially of the Greek and Latin classics. In addition, he was internationally recognized as an expert on the Roman Catholic liturgy.

Among his many accomplishments, Archabbot Aurelius provided the intellectual and cultural vision and leadership for Saint Vincent Archabbey’s initiative in 1925 to establish Fu Jen Catholic University in Peking, the first Catholic university in China. After the Communist takeover of China, the university was reestablished as Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, where monks of Saint Vincent continue to serve.

Funding for the Aurelius Scholars Program and its academic scholarships has been provided by the family of Archabbot Aurelius Stehle.


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