Saint Martin’s University Trustee Scholarships awarded to two incoming transfer students

July 3, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. – Two Olympia residents – Travis Reep and Christine Upton – are the recipients of the Saint Martin’s University 2014-15 Trustee Scholarships. The scholarships, among the most significant given by Saint Martin’s, 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 either have completed or are completing their associate’s degree with a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Each student will receive $26,000 for the academic year, which will be divided among four semesters of study.

“I’m excited to attend Saint Martin’s, which is a college that is held in high esteem in this community, says Travis Reep, who is completing his associate’s degree in elementary education at South Puget Sound Community College.

Reep, who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.72, is the father of three children. He and his wife, Katie, also an SPSCC student, are expecting their fourth child soon. He enjoys working with the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club, and is actively involved in a variety of activities with the Olympia/Lacey Church of God, where he and his family are members.

Christine Upton, who graduated from SPSCC last fall with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, plans to enter the University’s accounting program this fall.

The mother of two children, Upton currently helps her husband with his business and is involved in several community activities, among them, the Parent Teacher Association and organizing a clothing bank in Tumwater. She also is in charge of a yearly fund-raiser for the Black Hills Alliance for Music, a non-profit organization that provides financial and volunteer supports music programs at Tumwater’s Black Hills High School.

“I’m honored to be attending Saint Martin’s University, a school that adheres to the Benedictine philosophy, which mirrors my own values,” she said.

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 23 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 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Isabella Mora
Director of financial aid

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Vice President, Office of Marketing and Communications