June 3, 2015

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University has named Cassandra Fenton of Helendale, Calif., and Jonathan M. Sablan San Nicolas of Olympia as recipients of its 2015-2016 Trustee Scholarships, among the most significant awards given by the university. Each year, the scholarships are awarded to two 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.

Trustee Scholarships are reserved for transfer students from a community college, and who either have completed or are completing their associate’s degree with a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Both Fenton and San Nicolas will receive a $26,000 scholarship, which will be divided among four semesters of study.

Both students say they were attracted to Saint Martin’s by its strong Benedictine commitment to intellectual and spiritual growth and to service.

Fenton is the daughter of Stephanie Fenton and Mark Fenton, both of Helendale. She is completing her associate degree at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and plans to enter the University’s biology program this fall. Her educational goal is to continue on to medical school or Physician Assistant school. She hopes to become a pediatric cardiologist. Self-described as an “avid adventurer,” she especially enjoys hiking, wakeboarding and water skiing, and will become a member of the Saints women’s volleyball team this fall. In Salt Lake City, she volunteered with school volleyball teams and volleyball camps.

[Image alt text] San Nicolas, the son of Deacon Dr. Ronald and Melissa San Nicolas, is completing his associate degree at South Puget Sound Community College. He plans to major in social work and wants to build a career as a social worker for families of children with special needs. A 2013 graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey and one of the school’s first students, San Nicolas is a member of Saint Michael Parish. He is a cantor and drummer for the parish’s Life Teen Band and Choir and enjoys singing, playing the drums and spending time with his family.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing¬ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic¬tine 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 nearly 1,200 under¬graduate students and 323 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:

Michael Grosso
Director of Financial Aid
360-486-8868; michael.grosso@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu