Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Saint Martin’s University selects three transfer students for the 2023 Trustee Scholarship. The University is proud to recognize Lucyannah Benson, Ty Sugimoto, and Claire Van Ness for their achievements. Every year, three scholarships are awarded to outstanding transfers based on their commitment to academic excellence, community service, and the Benedictine values.

“This year we had the highest number of applications ever submitted in the history of the Trustee Scholarship,” shared Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions Caitlin Gordon Cabe. “This made for the difficult task of choosing our three scholars from a pool of so many talented, inspiring, and driven individuals. During the interview process, we noticed a reoccurring theme with all our applicants — learning. Each scholar is fueled by a passion for education and knowledge, not just to advance their future careers, but because they are genuinely enthusiastic about learning.” 

Lucyannah Benson from Tacoma, WA, and originally from Kenya, is a recent graduate of Tacoma Community College where she earned her associate degree in pre-nursing. She plans to continue her nursing education at Saint Martin’s in the fall. “I am happy and very honored to be awarded the Trustee’s Scholarship that will allow me to attend Saint Martin’s University and equip me with the skills and knowledge that will prepare me for my future career as a registered nurse,” shared Benson. After earning her degree, she wants to become a fertility specialist and own a fertility clinic to work closely with families. 

Ty Sugimoto from Oahu, HI is transferring from Leeward Community College where he earned his associate degree in liberal arts. Sugimoto plans to start his academic journey at Saint Martin’s this fall pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his family at the beach. “I am looking forward to continuing my education at Saint Martin’s, meeting new people, and being more independent,” he said.

Claire Van Ness from Lacey, WA is transferring from South Puget Sound Community College where she studied elementary education. Van Ness plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education. Her passion for teaching stems from her desire to help others learn and succeed. “I have always believed that teachers must love their work, their students, and their community,” said Van Ness. “I am looking forward to joining Saint Martin’s and becoming a part of a community that cares and encourages relationships and growth, with a desire to serve others.”

Trustee Scholarships are reserved for students transferring to Saint Martin’s University from a community college or university with a junior academic standing and a 3.4 grade point average or higher. Each Trustee Scholar receives a $30,000 scholarship, which is renewable for a second year of study. 

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