Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Saint Martin’s University has named Dylan De Baldo, Kaylee Florek and Leticia Sosa as the 2021 recipients of the Trustee Scholarship, among one of the most significant honors given by the university. Each year, three scholarships are awarded to outstanding transfer students who exemplify the university’s commitment to academic excellence, community service and the Benedictine values that form the bedrock of the Saint Martin’s community.

“These three students captivated the scholarship committee with their achievement in their respective academic studies, but also showed they are people of great integrity, commitment and perseverance,” shared John Langston, senior transfer admissions counselor. “Dylan, Kaylee and Leticia are amazing individuals, and we are so excited to see how Saint Martin’s can help them further succeed.”

Trustee Scholarships are reserved for students transferring to Saint Martin’s from another college and who have completed or are completing their associate degree with a 3.4 grade point average or higher. Each Trustee Scholar will receive a $32,000 scholarship which will be divided among four semesters of study.

De Baldo, from Vancouver, Washington, is a business administration major from Clark College. He hopes to work with a business upon graduation and make a difference in the community. De Baldo said, “I am very excited to join Saint Martin’s University this August and be a part of a positive and close knit community.” He will be joining our Saint Martin’s soccer team this fall as walk on in hopes of contributing in the near future.

Florek, from Castle Rock, is an accounting major from Lower Columbia Community College. She also has plans to be involved in student government, something that she was a part of during her time at Lower Columbia College, and is excited to be part of such a welcoming community. After graduating from Saint Martin’s, Florek plans to work on her CPA licensure.

Sosa, from Shelton, is an environmental studies major from South Puget Sound Community College, where she earned her Associate of Arts degree with a 3.5 GPA. At Saint Martin’s, she hopes to be an active member of the environmental clubs on campus and help educate others about helpful ways to protect the environment. Sosa will be joining her sister who will also start this fall as a first-year student at Saint Martin’s. Said Sosa, “I am excited to receive an education in a face-to-face classroom setting surrounded by students as COVID-19 has changed so many things for me and the way that I learn.”


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