LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College president Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., has announced that Hempfield Area High School seniors Nolan Fraicola and Sarah Kudrick will be awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships as winners in Saint Vincent’s 38th annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition.
Fraicola and Kudrick were awarded the scholarships, valued at more than $138,000, after each placing in the top five in the scholarship competition, which drew 220 entrants. Saint Vincent dean of admission Heather Kabala and associate director of admission Christina Andrae surprised the duo in “prize patrol” fashion at Hempfield Area High School, presenting Fraicola and Kudrick with oversized checks and balloons.
Fraicola has been accepted into the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing, and plans to major in mathematics at Saint Vincent. The son of Richard and Pamela Fraicola, he is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, while he also serves as a physics tutor. An avid guitar and saxophone player, he is also employed at Panera Bread.
Kudrick, the daughter of Ben and Jennifer Kudrick, has also been accepted into the Boyer School, with plans to major in computer science. At Hempfield, she is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society, while she has been a member of the Hempfield Mathletes and Speech and Debate Club. Kudrick has taken part in Hempfield Enrichment Program team competitions for four years, while also participating in the Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Competition
The Wimmer Scholarship program is named after Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, who founded Saint Vincent College in 1846 as the first Benedictine college in the United States. The program recognizes high school students with outstanding academic abilities and encourages them to pursue a quality undergraduate education at Saint Vincent College. The scholarship winners are based on their performance on a written examination administered at Saint Vincent in November. Students who participated in this year’s exam were college-bound and met the academic qualifications of a minimum 3.5 grade point average and 1080 SAT. This is the 38th year of the scholarship competition, and 220 high school students participated.
Saint Vincent College is a four-year, coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts and sciences college sponsored by the Benedictine monks of the Saint Vincent Archabbey. A diverse student population of undergraduates and graduate students hails from 29 U.S. states/territories and six foreign countries.
Saint Vincent’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.
Click here to view full gallery of the Hempfield Wimmer Scholarship presentation ceremony
Photo 1: Nolan Fraicola (left) and Sarah Kudrick presented with honorary oversized checks
Photo 2: Nolan Fraicola with parents Richard and Pamela
Photo 3: Sarah Kudrick with parents Ben and Jennifer
Photo 4: From left to right: Heather Kabala, Saint Vincent dean of admission; Nolan Fraicola; Sarah Kudrick; Christina Andrae, Saint Vincent associate dean of admission
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