2014-15 Trustee Scholarship recipients Christine Upton and Travis Reep

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Saint Martin’s University announces two awardees of its 2014-15 Trustee Scholarship

By Josefina Pilon

Saint Martin’s University is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2014-15 Trustee Scholarship, Travis Reep and Christine Upton. Each selected transfer student will receive a $26,000 scholarship.

To be eligible to apply for the Trustee Scholarship, students must be transferring to Saint Martin’s with either an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree. Candidates must also be in their junior year when they transfer.

This year’s recipients completed or are in the process of completing their AA degrees at South Puget Sound Community College. They were selected for the scholarship because they exemplify the University’s Benedictine values while maintaining a record of academic excellence.

Travis Reep, of Olympia, is completing his AA degree in Elementary Education and currently holds a 3.72 GPA. He and his wife, Katie, who also attends South Puget Sound Community College, have three children and are expecting their fourth child in July.

Reep enjoys working with the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club, where he works with children of all ages. In addition, he is actively involved in a variety of activities with the Olympia/Lacey Church of God, where he and his family are members.

“I’m excited to attend Saint Martin’s, which is a college that is held in high esteem in this community,” Reep said.

The second Trustee Scholarship recipient is Christine Upton, who lives in Olympia with her husband, Shawn, and their two children. Upton graduated from South Puget Sound Community College after the fall quarter and plans to major in accounting. She is transferring to Saint Martin’s with a perfect GPA of 4.0.

Besides helping her husband with his business, Upton is very involved in her community. She is active in the Parent Teachers Association and runs the fundraiser each year for the Black Hills Alliance for Music. She is credited with saving the Tumwater Holiday program from being eliminated due to funding issues. Upton is currently involved in organizing the clothing bank in Tumwater.

“I’m honored to be attending Saint Martin’s University, a school that adheres to the Benedictine philosophy, which mirrors my own values,” Upton said when asked about enrolling for classes this fall at Saint Martin’s.