LATROBE, Pennsylvania – Miriam-Moira Donovan, a native of Winchester, Virginia and recent graduate of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, has been named a recipient of the Saint Vincent College Wimmer Scholarship, valued at more than $138,000.
Donovan won the scholarship after her performance in the Wimmer Scholarship Competition, posting one of the top five highest scores on a rigorous exam that was taken by 220 participants. Her scholarship will cover full tuition for four years.
The daughter of John and Debra Donovan, Miriam was a member of the National Honor Society at Saint John Paul the Great, while she won the school’s Excellence Award in both mathematics and foreign language. She served as vice president of the school’s Engineering Club and received summa cum laude honors in a national Latin exam in 2018. Outside of the classroom, Donovan enjoys practicing martial arts, as she is the holder of a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
The Wimmer Scholarship program is named after Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, who founded Saint Vincent College in 1846 as the first Benedictine college in the United States. The program recognizes high school students with outstanding academic abilities and encourages them to pursue a quality undergraduate education at Saint Vincent. The scholarship winners are based on their performance on a written examination. Students who participate in the exam are college-bound and must meet the academic qualifications of a minimum 3.5 grade point average and 1080 SAT. This is the 38th year of the scholarship competition.
Saint Vincent College is a four-year, coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts and sciences college sponsored by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey. A diverse student population of undergraduates and graduate students hails from 29 U.S. states/territories and six foreign countries. Saint Vincent’s approach to education is rooted in a core curriculum that provides all students with a broad-based education which provides a general body of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and interdisciplinary view of that knowledge base and the skills to increase that general body of knowledge throughout their lives.
PHOTO: Miriam-Moira Donovan was presented with a commemorative check for being named a winner of the 2018 Saint Vincent College Wimmer Scholarship Competition.
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