Immaculata University Awards Rebecca Stack Presential Scholarship
Immaculata University (IU) has awarded Rebecca Stack of Exton, Pennsylvania 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.
At Bishop Shanahan High School, Stack earned a 4.0 GPA and ranked in the top 25% of her class. She got a score of 600 on the math section of the SAT and a 540 on the verbal section. She was a member of the National Honor Society during her last two years of high school, and she was on the honor roll every marking period. Stack played soccer throughout her high school career with Ches-Mont All-League, winning an Honorable Mention during her senior year. For all four years, she was involved in various service projects through the Community Service Corps, and during her junior and senior years, she was a member of the Ambassadors Club, dedicated to promoting community within the high school, helping new students adjust, and helping with reunions.
Stack was attracted to Immaculata because of its small class sizes, its Division III athletics program, and its location. Through her teachers and principal at Bishop Shanahan, Stack became familiar with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and she felt comfortable continuing her education at a university led by the Sisters. She was also impressed with Immaculata´s strong physical therapy program, offered through a partnership with the Thomas Jefferson University School of Health Professions. In this program, students can earn both the Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in six years. "I am excited about being a part of the Immaculata/Jefferson partnership and taking the first steps towards my physical therapy career," said Stack.
During Stack´s interview, the Scholarship Committee asked her about her academic background, her career goals, and her extra-curricular activities in high school. Kelly Stalker, M.Ed., chair of the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department and certified athletic trainer, showed a passion for her field that Stack appreciated. "She informed me about the rigor of the program and assured me that I could balance my workload with my extra-curricular activities," Stack said. "Her enthusiasm was contagious, and I left the interview even more excited about the program."
Stack plans to continue her community service work and leadership activities at Immaculata, as well as playing soccer as a defender. "I already knew that Immaculata University was the school for me," Stack said. "Receiving the Presidential Scholarship was both an honor and an answered prayer."
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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