2020 Pope John Paul II Graduate Awarded $30,000 Sumners Scholarship


Submitted by Pope John Paul II High School

Molly Zepeda of Olympia, Washington was recently awarded a $30,000 scholarship to the University of Dallas by The Sumners Foundation of Irving, Texas. Molly is a 2020 graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey. Stephen Holland, Molly’s high school English teacher, remembers “she always exhibited an intellectual curiosity and sincere faith with an insatiable desire for truth, goodness, and beauty.”

Molly is one of 43 students nationally to receive a Sumners scholarship in 2022. The Foundation’s purpose is to encourage the study, teaching and research into the science and art of self-government to the end that the American people may understand the fundamental principles of democracy and be guided thereby in shaping governmental policies.

Sumners Scholar alumni include such notables as U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, Senior Deputy Attorney General of Oklahoma Dara Derryberry, Chairman of Matador Resources Joe Foran, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan Hecht, President of the University of Texas at Arlington Jennifer Cowley, and past Chancellor of the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Charles L. Moore.

Pope John Paul II High School

Pope John Paul II High School provides a college preparatory education to South Puget Sound students in the rich tradition of Catholic education. JPII develops young men and women who are intellectually strong, spiritually alive, and committed to serving the needs of others. JPII is open to all young men and women, regardless of their faith tradition. We are committed to serving students from all economic backgrounds and provide financial assistance to families in need.

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