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May 26, 2017

Saint Martin's introduces its four new Abbot Scholarship recipients.

LACEY, Wash. — Four incoming Saint Martin’s University students have been named as the second group of recipients of the University’s Abbot Scholarships.

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 Washington 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.

“The Abbot Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those who have started their education at a Catholic high school to be able to continue to develop their faith and their commitment at Saint Martin's,” said Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., the University’s dean of enrollment. “This is our second cohort and we are excited about what the four will add to our campus. Anyone wanting information about the scholarships for the future should feel free to contact me for additional information.”

The Abbot Scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

Esteban Quiyono, Bothell, a graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. Esteban has been very involved in Greater Seattle Surf Soccer Club—he has participated as a player, a coach and a referee. He is fluent in French and Spanish, and was a member of the Archbishop Murphy High School Wildcat Band. He plans to take a pre-professional program in medicine.

Keyla Cea-Benites, Lacey, a graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey. Keyla has held the office of secretary for a Hispanic youth group, worked as a child care aid and served as a medical interpreter for a service trip. In high school she was a part of Future Business Leaders of America. She was also a cheerleader. She plans to study psychology.

John Sommer, Snohomish, a graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. John played football in high school, volunteered at summer camps for youth, served as a student ambassador, and has played the bagpipes for 10 years. He plans to study mechanical engineering.

Sarah Zepeda, Pasco, a graduate of Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco. Sarah has been very involved in the performing arts program, started the Dance Club at her high school and works in a local law firm in the summer. She plans to major in English and education.

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. 

For additional information:

Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D.
Dean of Enrollment
360-688-2101; PHolsingerfuchs@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu