Two new Saint Martin's students awarded full-ride scholarships

June 24, 2005

Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s College has announced the recipients of its 2005-06 Valedictorian Scholarships. Each will receive full funding during their undergraduate studies.

The Valedictorian Scholarship is Saint Martin’s most prestigious. Valedictorian scholars must maintain a minimum 3.50 grade point average while enrolled to retain the scholarship, which covers 100 percent of tuition for eight semesters. Students must graduate as either valedictorian of their high school or be ranked first in their class to apply for the scholarship, with the top candidates then being interviewed by a faculty committee.

This year’s recipients are:

Eileen Domingo, of Lahaina, Hawaii, who is graduating from Lahainaluna High School with a 4.0 grade point average. She plans to major in biology and pre-medicine at Saint Martin’s. The daughter of Celia and Edwin Domingo, Eileen participated in student government, was a member of the National Honor Society, and also was active in community service and her church. She says she hopes to remain active in student politics and volunteering when she arrives at Saint Martin’s.

In her application essay, Domingo wrote: “My goal is to become a successful physician where my success will not be measured in fame or riches, but in the goodness of my heart and the difference I will have made in the lives of others.”

Tristan Beach, Tacoma, who is graduating from Wilson High School with a 4.0 grade point average. He wants to become an educator. The son of Larry and Sue Beach, Tristan was involved in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and ran cross country and track. He was also listed in the Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

“In high school, I have mentored many younger students. I find that teaching is a very important part of our existence. Teachers breathe knowledge into their students. I want to become a professional teacher – to make a mark on many of my student’s lives,” Beach wrote in his application essay.

Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic coeducational college founded by the Benedictine Order. About 1,050 students are enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs at the college’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base and Olympic College.

Todd Abbot
Director of admissions
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