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Upper St. Clair Senior Connor McCormick Wins Top Prize of $160,000 in Wimmer Scholarship Competition

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Posted: Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Jan. 16, 2014

Connor R. McCormick, a senior at Upper St. Clair 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.

A top student at Upper St. Clair, he has completed advanced placement courses in U.S. History, physics, economics, psychology, calculus AB and chemistry. A saxophone player, he has been active in the marching band as assistant drum major and the pit orchestra for the school’s annual musical.

He plans to major in biochemistry.

He is the son of Richard and Linda McCormick of Pittsburgh (15241).

He is a member of St. John Capistran Roman Catholic Church in Upper St. Clair.

Saint Vincent College officials made the announcement at Upper St. Clair at 12:30 p.m. with cameras flashing, videos rolling and balloons popping to surprise McCormick in the principal’s office in “prize patrol-style.”

Melissa Sobek, associate director of the Saint Vincent College Office of Admission, presented him with an oversized check and informed him of his first-place performance.

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 performance on a written examination which was given at the College in November. Students who participated in this year’s examination were eligible because they were college-bound with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

This is the 32nd year for the scholarship competition which will award $640,000 in scholarships this year. More than two hundred high school students participated in the 2014 competition. The Wimmer Scholarship Award accompanies enrollment at Saint Vincent.

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 nearly 2,000 undergraduates and graduate students hails from 25 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.


Photo:  Connor McCormick of Upper St. Clair High School and his parents are all smiles after receiving the top Wimmer Scholarship from Saint Vincent College representatives Melissa Sobek and Mara Greiner. 


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