Nov. 3, 2017
August I. Sander of Greensburg, a graduate student pursuing a master of science degree in criminology, has been selected as the first recipient of the newly-created Saint Vincent College Veterans Scholarship.
The scholarship is valued at $1,000 and will be presented at a special program at the college on Wednesday, Nov. 8 as part of its Veterans Day celebration. The Veterans Scholarship was created by a group of alumni veterans and veteran supporters who have served in the military who want to provide the financial support needed to make educational goals a reality.
A 2009 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, Sander earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminology, law and society from Saint Vincent College in 2017. At Saint Vincent, he was active as a residence hall prefect and was a member of the dean’s list. He was a four-year participant in varsity cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
He is currently employed by Adelphoi where he assists troubled youths. His goal is to work in the probation or parole of individuals who have committed crimes and are in the process of re-entering society.
He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Porter as an operations specialist 2nd class petty officer. His ship was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, but he traveled around the world to various locations including Greenland, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Dubai and Bahrain.
He said that he was honored to be selected to receive the veterans scholarship to make it known that people can serve four years in the military and then go back to school. “It is possible to succeed taking this path and it makes it easier to meet financial obligations post-graduation,” he commented.
He chose to study at Saint Vincent because of the welcoming atmosphere and faculty. “This liberal arts education is second to none and prepares students for the future,” he said. “I decided to attend Saint Vincent to be close to home after being away for four years. I also had a desire to run at the NCAA Division III level and I knew the coaches from high school and was aware of their passion and level of success. I wanted to be a part of that success because I knew I had the potential to be able to contribute to it.”
Sander is a member of Saint Bernadette Catholic Church, Monroeville.
Photo: August I. Sander
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