Immaculata University Awards Kaitlyn Conlin Presidential Scholarship
Immaculata University (IU) has awarded Kaitlyn Conlin of Magnolia, Delaware one of the five presidential scholarships it awards each year, which will cover her tuition for all four years of her undergraduate career. These scholarships are awarded based on GPA, class rigor, standardized test scores, recommendations, and an interview with the Scholarship Committee and the chair of the department in which they wish to major.
Conlin´s father suggested looking at Immaculata University during her college search, and she became attracted to the University´s Catholic identity and to the values of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She was interested in continuing the Catholic education she had had at St. Thomas More Preparatory High School, and she felt that Immaculata would be a good fit.
"The close proximity to my home, the school´s reputation, and the beauty of the campus piqued my interest as well," Conlin said.
With her 3.96 GPA and her total SAT score of 1770, Conlin was a good candidate for the scholarship. And despite her nervousness about the interview with the Scholarship Committee, they put her at ease and made her feel welcome.
"It felt more like a conversation rather than a strict question-answer session," she said.
The committee asked her about the many activities she is involved in through her school, and she told them about her work as the senior class president, the vice president of the school´s Honor Board, and the vice president of the Student Awareness of World Issues Club. She also described her volunteer activities, which she names as one of her top priorities, second only to academics. She has performed hundreds of service hours, far more than her school requires. But Conlin appreciates the rewards that such service brings.
"Many of the hours were spent purely for enjoyment and the good of the community," she says. "One of my favorite activities is the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I have taken the plunge into icy, Atlantic waters each February for the past six years in order to raise money for the Special Olympics Delaware."
The committee also asked about any roadblocks Conlin has overcome in her high school career.
"I was painfully shy as a freshman and had trouble branching out," Conlin replied. "I grew anxious about giving a presentation to the class or joining a debate. Thanks to dance recitals in front of large crowds, practice with public speaking, and a new attitude, I overcame my shyness. Today, I can give a speech to the entire school without thinking twice about it. In fact, my principal and other teachers asked me to give multiple impromptu speeches this year."
Conlin has not yet chosen a major, so she met with Sister Elaine Glanz, dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, who gave her some information about the Undecided/Exploratory Department. She "seemed to know her students personally," said Conlin, "which is a quality I admire about the University."
"I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Immaculata and am grateful for this amazing opportunity," says Conlin. "I feel very blessed to have received the presidential scholarship."
Immaculata University, a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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