LATROBE, PA – Four Saint Vincent students will be awarded Veterans Scholarships at a special Mass to commemorate military veterans on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus.
Andrea Gross, Nicholas Rega, Dowry Snyder and Eugene Yeo will each be awarded with Saint Vincent College Veterans Scholarships during a special Mass which will be celebrated by U.S. Army veteran Fr. Joseph Adams, O.S.B. The group will then be recognized following Mass at the monthly Saint Vincent Alumni Lunch in the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish Center Assembly Room.
A senior integrated science-allied health major from Derry, Gross is a sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard, originally stationed in Johnstown and now in Pittsburgh. She and husband, Kevin, are the parents of two children, Dustin (11) and Alex (10). Following graduation, Gross plans on becoming a civilian X-ray technologist.
Rega, a sophomore philosophy major from Irwin, served in the U.S. Air Force for six years, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He spent time stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Kunsan Air Force Base in South Korea and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. While stationed at Nellis, he twice deployed to the Middle East, working in Quatar and Afghanistan. He is the son of Anthony and Saundra Rega.
Snyder is a sophomore criminology, law and society major from Buckhannon, West Virginia. A specialist in the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a part of the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Brigade, 3/73 Calvary, Alpha Troop, Third Platoon. The son of Kevin and Antonia Snyder, he is a member of the Saint Vincent football team and after graduation plans to pursue a career with either the DEA, CIA or FBI.
Yeo is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree in the Saint Vincent Seminary. A native of Wyoming, New York, he served in the U.S. Army from 2007-12 in the first cavalry division and was deployed to Mosul, Baghdad and Al-Kut. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in classical rhetoric from Duquesne University and has also studied at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius before beginning studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in spring 2019. He and his wife, Kathleen, reside in New Kensington and have one son, Denis.
This marks the third year in which Saint Vincent College will award the Veterans Scholarship, an initiative spearheaded by Army veteran Richard J. Schulte, a 1964 graduate of Saint Vincent Prep and 1968 grad of Saint Vincent College, who will serve as the emcee during the presentation of the scholarships.
Friday's special Veteran's Mass in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel will be open to the public.
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