LACEY, Wash. — Saint Martin’s University chose three recipients of the 2020 Trustee Scholarship and is proud to recognize Grace Costa, Marissa Grab and Zach Musgrove with one of the most significant honors given by the university to incoming transfer students. Three scholarships are awarded every year to outstanding transfers who exemplify the university’s commitment to academic excellence, community service and the Benedictine values that sit at the heart of the Saint Martin’s community.
“Marissa, Gracie, and Zach blew all of us away in their interviews last year,” says Assistant Director of Transfer Admission Caitlin Gordon. “All three of them are dynamic, motivated, and inspiring individuals who are already doing amazing things and we know they will continue to inspire us here and beyond their time at Saint Martin’s.”
Grace Costa of University Place transferred to Saint Martin’s from Tacoma Community College and will start full-time classes fall 2021. Costa plans to become an elementary school teacher and teach kindergarten in the local community. In her free time she enjoys volunteering, performing in theatre and spending time with family and friends. Says Costa, “I chose Saint Martin's for the small Christian campus and the great things I heard about its elementary education program. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!”
Marissa Grab of Olympia transferred from South Puget Sound Community College, is studying business administration, and is a single mom of two awesome kids. In addition to school Grab works two jobs which gives her all the more reason why she is so excited to be part of the Saints community. When not studying or working she love going on outings with her kids, riding bikes, and spending time on and in the water. Said Grab, “With the help of Saint Martin’s, I will be able to obtain a wonderful career to help me with financial stability and bless my family with so much more time together once I am able to work less.”
Zach Musgrove comes to Saint Martin’s from Tacoma Community College. Born and raised in Puyallup, he moved to Buckley, Washington six years ago to take a residency position as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic with the City of Buckley Fire Department. His passion for problem solving led him to mechanical engineering for his path of study and he committed to Saint Martin's to major in the university's "fluid mechanics and energy systems" concentration. Says Musgrove, “I am excited to meet a bunch of new people at Saint Martin's and I hope to see all of you around campus! Go Saints!" When he gets a break from academics Musgrove loves trying and experiencing new things and his favorite activity is traveling the world. So far his list of countries traveled to include Ireland, Spain, Costa Rica, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent coeducational university, with undergraduate and graduate offerings, 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 13 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 29 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program and seven certificate programs spanning the arts and sciences, business, counseling, education, engineering, nursing and leadership. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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