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York Catholic Senior Alexander Pawlikowski Wins Top Prize of $160,000 in Wimmer Scholarship Competition

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Posted: Wednesday Jan 9, 2013

Jan. 9, 2013

Alexander T. Pawlikowski, a senior at York Catholic High School, has been awarded the top prize of a full tuition, room and board scholarship valued at $160,000 in Saint Vincent College’s annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition, it was announced by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.

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.

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 winner is 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 which awarded $640,000 in scholarships this year. More than two hundred high school students participated in the 2013 competition.

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 26 U.S. states/territories and 12 foreign countries. The College’s quality educational programs have earned national recognition, most recently by U.S. News and World Report (First Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges) and Forbes business magazine (America’s Best Colleges).

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.

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Photo: Alexander T. Pawlikowski 

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