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Local graduates awarded Mercy Presidential Scholarship at Mount

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College announced that several students from the Altoona area have been awarded the Mercy Presidential Scholarship.

This is one of the college’s most competitive scholarships available to incoming freshmen, awarding students $56,000 over four years.

The nine students join 31 other incoming Mounties as a member of the 19th cohort of Mercy Presidential Scholars. These high-achieving scholars will serve as on-campus ambassadors for visitors and prospective students during their time at Mount Aloysius.

The Mercy Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who achieve a high school GPA of more than 3.3, achieve a minimum of 1,110 SAT or 23 ACT score, and demonstrate involvement in community service and extracurricular activities.

Students must also complete an interview with a committee of Mount Aloysius faculty and staff. 95 students interviewed for a place in this year’s cohort. Mercy Scholars display a commitment to the four core values of the Sisters of Mercy: mercy, service, justice, and hospitality.

Students awarded the Mercy Presidential Scholarship are: Macy Decker of Bellwood, studying nursing; Chloe Fisher of Altoona studying to be a physician’s assistant; Bella Kies of Tyrone, studying early-level education; Makayla Koelle of Hollidaysburg, studying nursing; Shayla Bratner of Martinsburg, studying nursing; Peighton Gutshall of Hesston, studying nursing; Lauren Heintzelman of Huntingdon, studying nursing; Bruce Perow of Huntingdon, studying nursing; Gryphon Callihan of Schellsburg, currently undeclared-exploratory.

For more information about the Mercy Presidential Scholarship, or about other scholarships available to Mount Aloysius students, visit mtaloy.edu.

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