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

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Posted: Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Jan. 22, 2014

Five outstanding college-bound high school seniors 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.


Ande X. Greco of New Alexandria, a senior at Greensburg Salem High School, has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship valued at $120,000.

She plans to double major in engineering and biochemistry at Saint Vincent and eventually earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

Greco has been honored with the Bausch and Lomb Award, the Challenge Program Academic Excellence Award, the McKenna Foundation Scholarship for Women in Engineering and the Seton Hill Women in Science (Biology) Award.

She is an active member of the National Honor Society and has completed three advanced placement courses and 12 honors courses. Her memberships include the AXIS gifted competition team, the BioAdventures club, Physics club, Spanish club and 1-2-1 club. The school's annual musical and the mentoring program are also included in her list of extracurricular activities. She is also an active member of her church’s ministry team and volunteers at a local elementary school.

She played varsity tennis and was a two-year letter winner.

She is the daughter of Dean and Barbara Greco.


Justin A. Rivera of Woodbridge, Va., a senior at Osbourn Park Senior High School, Manassas, Va., has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship valued at $120,000.

He is currently dually enrolled in Prince William County’s prestigious and competitive Governor’s School Program which is a magnet school for high school students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He attends collegiate classes in the morning and returns to his base school at Osbourn Park to complete his other required courses which are at the advanced placement level. He is also an active participant in the school’s Biotechnology Specialty Program.

In addition, he has played lacrosse for Osbourn Park and RebeLax travel lacrosse, performed with the school marching band, competed in forensics and debate teams and was a contributing member of the robotics club. He is a youth volunteer at his home parish of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he is a head crew leader for Vacation Bible School.

His school activities have included service as class treasurer for the Student Council Association, co-founder of Mu Alpha Theta, co-founder and vice president of the Science National Honor Society, member of the French Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society and a member of VEX Robotics.

He plans to major in physics in Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

He is the son of Victor and Audrey Rivera.


Taylor A. Hanson of Greensburg, a senior at Greensburg Central Catholic High School, has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship valued at $120,000.

She has been honored with membership in the National Honor Society, German Honor Society, American Chemical Society Secondary School Chemistry Contest Awardee, Seton Hill Women in Science Scholarship Award in Chemistry and the Seton Hill Challenge Award. She was also awarded the Rensselaer Medal and Scholarship and placed third in the American Chemical Society Secondary Schools Chemistry Contest.

Hanson has completed both advanced placement courses and honors courses.

She plans to major in biology at Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

Her extracurricular activities include service as a cast member in theater and musical theater, volunteer service with Target, local organizations and clubs, student government representative, campus ministry leader and Lifetime Club board member, honors choir, Math League, participant in Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, participant in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and participation in the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute and the Westmoreland County Secondary Schools Reading Team.

She is a volunteer at Our Lady of Grace Church, the Target Community Service Program and the Westmoreland County Food Bank. She is a member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish.

She is the daughter of Leslie V. Hanson of Greensburg and Thomas R. Hanson of Canonsburg.


Zachary A. Humphrey of Cary, N.C., a senior at Panther Creek High School in Cary, has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship valued at $120,000

A national merit commended scholar, he is currently enrolled in advanced placement courses in human geography, calculus AB, psychology, calculus BC, biology and English IV-Literature.

A track and field sprinter, he set the school record for the 200 m as a sophomore and placed third in the conference. He played football for his school as a sophomore and junior. Co-founder of the Future Protectors of Freedom Club, he helped volunteer at shop-with-a-cop by acting as an escort and volunteered to help service members and the police.

He plans to major in physical therapy with future career plans to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

He is the son of Dr. John A. Humphrey, Jr. and Mrs. Beth R. Morrison.


The top awardee, Connor R. McCormick, a senior at Upper St. Clair High School, has been awarded a full-tuition, room and board scholarship valued at $160,000.

He plans to major in biochemistry in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

The son of Richard and Linda McCormick of Pittsburgh (15241), he is a member of Saint John Capistran Roman Catholic Church in Upper St. Clair.

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.


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 32nd year for the scholarship competition. More than two hundred high school students participated in the competition this year.

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 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.


Ande X. Greco
Justin A. Rivera
Taylor A. Hanson
Zachary A. Humphrey
Connor R. McCormick