Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Saint Martin’s University’s Abbot Scholarships will now be available to graduates of any Catholic high school within the U.S. or its territories. Formerly, the full-tuition scholarships were available only to graduates of Catholic high schools within Washington.

“The Abbot Scholarships are a great way for us to honor our mission and identity as a Catholic, Benedictine university. The inclusion of other Catholic high schools from outside of our local region reflects our growing national reputation,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.

Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., the University’s dean of enrollment said:

“The Abbot Scholars enrich our campus with their unique experiences and expertise. The scholarship provides the University an opportunity to host some amazing students who might otherwise find cost a barrier to attending SMU. With 33% of the incoming freshmen coming from out of state, we felt this opportunity should be extended to students coming from further away as well.”

The scholarships honor Abbot Oswald Baran, O.S.B., Saint Martin’s first abbot and chancellor, who directed the school from its opening in 1895 until his death in 1928, and Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., its current abbot and chancellor. They are awarded to seniors graduating from Catholic high schools in the U.S. or its territories who have shown one or more of Saint Martin’s four core values – faith, reason, service and community – in their lives. The scholarships are full-tuition, need-based awards, renewable for four years. Abbot Scholars live on campus and act as leaders within the Saint Martin’s community, providing service to the University through work with Saint Martin’s Admissions, Campus Ministry, Career Development and with faculty members of their choosing.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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