Five Palmer Scholars Announced

by Public Relations | May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

Saint Vincent College announced that five college-bound seniors at Greater Latrobe High School have each been awarded $12,000 four-year scholarships in the second year of the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholars Program.

The awardees are Levi J. Keys of Latrobe; Kethrie L. Heasley of Latrobe; Marli E. Nicol of Latrobe; Gabrielle L. Sadekoski of Greensburg; and Zachary J. Smith of Latrobe.

Levi J. KeysLevi J. Keys

Levi J. Keys, son of Jeff and Sherri Keys, is a member of the National Honor Society and has served as a children’s church teacher, drummer for the praise team and as a crew leader for vacation Bible school at The Underground Church. He plans to major in politics at Saint Vincent.

Kethrie L. Heasley

Kethrie HeasleyKethrie L. Heasley, daughter of Daryl and Aimee Heasley, is a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. In addition to Advanced Placement Chemistry, she has also taken Academic Physics, AP Calculus and AP Biology.She is planning to major in a science field at Saint Vincent. She is an active member of Key Club, Link Leader Crew, Mock Trial Team and the School Television Broadcast Team. She participated in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and was a Link Crew Leader, volunteered with the SADD Club, sixth grade camp and local nursing homes. She is a member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish.

Marli E. Nicol

Marli E. NicolMarli E. Nicol, daughter of David and Dorothy Nicol, is a member of the Forensics Team and the National Forensics League. She is the former president of the Recycling Club, a member and vice president of the Key Club, vice president of the Spanish National Honor Society and a member of the Interact Club. She has participated in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. She has completed courses in law, accounting, AP Spanish, AP Statistics and Calculus and AP Language and Composition and plans to major in business at Saint Vincent.

Gabrielle L. Sadekoski

Gabrielle SadekoskiGabrielle L. Sadekoski, daughter of Jason and Mary Sadekoski, served as an aide in a daycare, experienced microteaching in a third-grade classroom, completed a leadership academy and spoke at graduation. She has completed courses in AP English (Language and Composition) and AP Statistics and completed a college class in the Education Department at Saint Vincent. She plans to major in Pre-K-4 Early Elementary Education at Saint Vincent. She has participated in a number of school activities including Link Crew, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Interact Club, Microteaching and the Remembering Adam Program. She has also been active in the Greater Latrobe Marching Band and Outdoor Odyssey. In her spare time, she plays the ukulele, reads, enjoys family time and travels.

Zachary J. Smith

Zachary J. SmithZachary J. Smith, son of Chris and Kate Smith, has played varsity tennis at Greater Latrobe and plans to play at Saint Vincent. He has taken AP Biology, AP United States History, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Language and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Physics, AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics. A member of the National Honor Society, he plans to major in physics and pre-medicine at Saint Vincent.

Palmer Scholars Program

The Palmer Scholars Program provides opportunities for graduates with exemplary academic and leadership skills to receive the benefits of a Saint Vincent education that will prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives that resonate with principles of excellence, integrity and service embodied by Arnold and Winifred Palmer.

Established through generous support from the Palmer Family and the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Foundation, the program provides each Palmer Scholar with an additional $3,000 scholarship to be applied to their tuition each year. The scholarships are in addition to Saint Vincent’s generous merit awards, which range up to $20,500 each year depending on academic record and test scores. Scholarships will be renewed annually based on the student’s maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Throughout their four years, Palmer Scholars will also have opportunities to engage in research with the Palmer archives and to do community service learning at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

Students interested in applying were asked to complete and submit an admission application to Saint Vincent College. Applicants must have a 3.5 QPA at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, and apply and be accepted to Saint Vincent College, to begin classes in the fall of 2018. Applicants were also asked to write an essay.


Photos: Levi J. Keys, Kethrie L. Heasley, Marli E. Nicol, Gabrielle L. Sadekoski,  Zachary J. Smith


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