Trustee scholarships are some of the most prestigious scholarships at Saint Martin's
July 15, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University has named Jennifer Schmidt and Whitney Shute, both transfer students from South Puget Sound Community College, as recipients of its 2016-2017 Trustee Scholarships, among the most significant honors 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 students transferring to Saint Martin’s from a community college and who will have completed their associate’s degree or reached junior standing before transferring to the University. Both Schmidt and Shute will receive a $26,000 scholarship, which will be divided among four semesters of study.

A single parent, both Schmidt and her daughter are recent graduates, Schmidt from SPSCC and her daughter from Tumwater High School. She and her partner live in Olympia. Having earned her associate in nursing degree, she plans to enter the University’s RN-to-BSN nursing program. She is the recipient of SPSCC’s Spirit of Nursing Award and is currently doing a residency with Providence St. Peter Hospital’s progressive care unit. She enjoys running, hiking, activities with family and friends, and meditation at the Buddhist Center.

Shute, a Lacey resident who is majoring in psychology, plans a career working with adolescents and at-risk youth. She looks forward to becoming involved with several Saint Martin’s clubs and volunteer activities. She currently volunteers in the phone room for the Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties and helps the Lacey Stream Team monitor purple martin.

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 nearly 1,200 undergraduate 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. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D.
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