Lacey student among Abbot scholars receiving free tuition at Saint Martin’s University

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Benedictine Abbot Neal Roth of St. Martin's Abbey is one of two Benedictines after whom Saint Martin's University's “Abbott Scholarships” are named. Photo: Courtesy Saint Martin's University Benedictine Abbot Neal Roth of St. Martin's Abbey is one of two Benedictines after whom Saint Martin's University's “Abbott Scholarships” are named. Photo: Courtesy Saint Martin's University

A graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey is one of four recent Washington state Catholic high school graduates receiving a new, full-ride scholarship to Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

Saul Garrola is from Centralia and excelled academically at Pope John Paul II, according to a press release from Saint Martin's. He has been a student speaker for the Fulcrum Foundation, which supports Catholic education in Western Washington, and plans to major in mechanical engineering. 

“The Abbot Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those who have started their education at a Catholic High school to be able to continue to develop their faith and their commitment at Saint Martin's,” said Pam Holsinger-Fuchs, Saint Martin’s dean of enrollment, in the release.

“As we launch this inaugural cohort of scholars we are excited about the gifts and talents they will bring to our campus. The group will be working on a variety of projects under my supervision and I am excited to get to know them and watch them grow and flourish.”

The Abbot Oswald Baran, O.S.B., and Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. Scholarships, or “Abbott Scholarships,” are named after Saint Martin’s first and current abbots and chancellors. The awards are need-based and went to students who demonstrated Saint Martin’s core themes of faith, reason, community and service. 

Each student will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship starting with the 2016-2017 school year. As a way of giving back, recipients will be asked to contribute five hours a week of community service and live on campus.

The three other inaugural Abbott Scholars are:
-Saul Garrola, a graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey. Garrola excelled academically and has been a student speaker for the Fulcrum Foundation, which supports Catholic education in Western Washington. He plans to major in mechanical engineering. 

-Leslie Maya, a graduate of Tri Cities Prep in Pasco. Maya practices martial arts, was a member of her school’s BASIC Club and Recycling Club, and volunteers at St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick. She plans to be pre-med at Saint Martin’s.

-Pablo Rodriguez, a graduate of DeSales High School in Walla Walla. Rodriguez played three sports for DeSales and was active in student government, campus ministry and Knowledge Bowl. He plans to be pre-med at Saint Martin’s.

-Savannah Schilperoort, a graduate of LaSalle High School in Yakima. Schilperoort had a top-ranked senior class GPA, served as captain of the cross-country team and with student government, campus ministry and student life leadership. She was a service immersion trip participant to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. She plans to take a pre-professional program with the goal of becoming an athletic trainer. 

The Benedictines from St. Martin’s Abbey in Lacey, founded the private, Catholic Saint Martin’s University in 1895.