Kelly Gross Owes IU Nothing
When someone from Immaculata University’s Admissions Department called to inform Kelly Gross that she had been selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship, she was at a basketball game with her teammates at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ. Kelly’s mom was so excited about the news that she drove to the gym and motioned for Kelly to come over to where she was standing.
“I was thinking, ‘I’m on the line right now, I can’t,’” she remembered. But her mom was insistent. When she told Kelly that she had received the scholarship, they were both ecstatic. “We didn’t really have a chance to celebrate until after the game,” she stated.
Next May, Kelly will graduate from Immaculata University debt-free. The Presidential Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship awarded to a select number of students with a record of academic excellence. Students are evaluated on the basis of GPA (students must maintain a 3.25 GPA), class rigor, standardized test scores, class rank, and recommendations.
Growing up in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Kelly always attended private Catholic schools. Now, as an exercise science major in the 3+3 program with IU and Thomas Jefferson, she will transition to a much larger university next semester to finish her undergraduate degree and will receive her diploma from Immaculata with the class of 2018. When she completes her studies at Jefferson in 2020, she will receive a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.
“I was always interested in science and how the body works,” Kelly stated. When she suffered a sports injury in high school, she was able to experience physical therapy first-hand and knew it was something that she could do.
As an active high school student who preferred to stay behind the scenes, Kelly blossomed at Immaculata and became very involved. She is a member of the tennis team and the Immaculata Honor Society, an Admissions Ambassador, FYE mentor, and president of the Exercise Science Club. She also volunteers as a Lector and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion through Campus Ministry and participates in their service trips to Raleigh, North Carolina. Recently she was the recipient of the Mission and Vision award at the Student Leadership Recognition ceremony.
Through her involvement at Immaculata University, Kelly expanded her leadership skills, which allow her to organize events, work with other student-volunteers, and to delegate. She appreciates the leadership opportunities that she has been given. For example, she realizes that the experience as an Admissions Ambassador will help her feel comfortable working with rehabilitation patients. Making small talk and helping strangers feel comfortable will be extremely valuable skills to Kelly as she enters the physical therapy field.
Kelly recommends that freshmen become involved as much as they can. It will enrich their college experience.