SVC Establishes the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholars Program

by Carol Riddle | Mar 03, 2017

Arnold Palmer Scholars

Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., President of Saint Vincent College, has announced the establishment of the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholars Program at Saint Vincent College for students of Greater Latrobe High School. The Scholars Program assures the legacy of Arnold and Winifred Palmer and the values they symbolize, especially their direct, practical love of people. This prestigious, merit-based Scholars Program pays tribute to Arnold and Winifred Palmer’s commitment to excellence and their significant professional, civic and philanthropic contributions to the community of Latrobe and its surrounding region.

The Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholars Program was established through the generous support from the Palmer Family and the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Foundation. The Palmer Scholars Program provides opportunities for students with exemplary academic and leadership skills to receive the benefits of a Saint Vincent education to prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives that resonate with principles of excellence, integrity and service embodied by Arnold and Winifred Palmer during their lifetimes.

Palmer Scholars will receive financial grants from the endowed Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholarship Fund to pursue an academically rigorous education at Saint Vincent College. Scholars will be introduced to the remarkable life stories of Arnold and Winifred Palmer and will be encouraged to follow in their footsteps to advance their chosen field of study and enrich their communities. The Palmer Scholars Program will award five $12,000 scholarships each year ($3,000 awarded annually to each recipient for four years). These scholarship awards are in addition to other scholarships awarded to the recipients for academic or leadership achievement.

“It is a pleasure to announce a new scholarship program honoring Arnold and Winnie Palmer that will help Greater Latrobe High School students attending Saint Vincent College,” commented Br. Norman. “Arnold and Winnie were neighbors and good friends of Saint Vincent for many years. They did a lot to enhance the quality of life for people of our area. Through this scholarship program, their legacy will continue.”

The first recipients are college-bound seniors Levi Baum, who plans to major in history and pursue a secondary education and special education teaching certificate; Jacob S. Etling, who will major in computer science; Antonio C. Noble, who has chosen business administration; Isabelle R. Orange, who will major in biology; and Mary Elizabeth Person, who will major in biology and pre-veterinary studies.

  • Levi BaumLevi Baum is a member of the Greater Latrobe marching and jazz bands and enjoys playing alto saxophone. He is the son of David and Michele Baum of Pleasant Unity. He works part-time at The Real McCoy Pizza.

  • Jacob EtlingJacob Etling is the son of Scott and Sandra Etling of Unity Township. A volunteer at the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, he works part-time at The Real McCoy Pizza.


  • Antonio NobelAntonio Noble is a member of the National Honor Society and the Greater Latrobe Letterman’s Club. He plays varsity baseball at Greater Latrobe and with the Unity Township Bulldogs and plans to play baseball at Saint Vincent. He is the grandson of Christopher and Julie Dripps of Unity Township.


  • Isabelle OrangeIsabelle Orange is active in varsity soccer and plans to play varsity soccer at Saint Vincent. She is a member of the German National Honor Society and the Chamber, District, Region and County Choirs. She has participated in dance for 13 years. She is the daughter of Michael and Maryrose Orange of Unity Township.


  • Mary Elizabeth PersonMary Elizabeth Person, daughter of Charles and Susan Person of Latrobe, participates in the chamber and auditioned choirs as well as the musicals at Greater Latrobe. A volunteer for a program for disabled children and another for wounded veterans, she made bracelets to raise awareness for cancer and raised funds for CureSearch for childhood cancer research. She has also volunteered at the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

“We are so pleased to learn the names of the recipients of this very meaningful scholarship program that has been created in the names of my parents, Arnold and Winnie Palmer,” said Amy Saunders. “Our family and our associates at the foundation express our sincere thanks to Br. Norman and all at the college responsible for carrying it forward.

“My parents treasured their extensive associations with Saint Vincent over the years. They were always thoughtful and productive. I know that they would be very pleased with this program assisting scholars from the high school that started my father on the way to the great life he lived."

“We congratulate the first five Palmer Scholars and wish them well as they pursue the next phase of their educations.”

Arnold and Winnie Palmer made Latrobe their permanent residence throughout their lives. Their dedication to this community and its citizens has deepened the affection for Latrobe in all parts of the world.

Winnie Palmer was a member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors. She was instrumental in protecting the integrity of the land surrounding the college from commercial development. After her death, Arnold Palmer created the 50-acre Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College to foster environmental stewardship through education, recreation and conservation. She served as director at the Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe. For many years, the Palmer Summer Reading Program offered children nine weeks of storytelling, fine arts and educational programs.

Arnold Palmer was married to Winnie for 45 years. As a professional golfer, he is regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history in a career that spanned more than six decades. He was the main speaker at Saint Vincent College’s commencement on May 11, 1996 – the 150th graduating class in the history of the college. The memorial service for Arnold Palmer on Oct. 3, 2016, in the Saint Vincent Basilica was televised nationwide on the Golf Channel.

The Palmers enjoyed lifelong friendships with many of the Benedictine monks as well as Saint Vincent students. They were frequent campus guests who attended concerts, lectures, plays and other special events.

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PHOTO: President Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D., center, welcomes Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholars, from left, Levi Baum, Jacob Etling, Antonio Noble, Isabelle Orange and Mary Elizabeth Person to campus. The five are the first Greater Latrobe High School seniors to be selected as Palmer Scholars.

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