May 09, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Alexander Perlak of West Hempstead, N.Y. was recognized as an Aquinas Scholar on Tuesday, April 30 by Sr. Patricia Sullivan, OP.
Nearly 70 Mount Saint Mary College students were celebrated for their academic achievements at an induction ceremony for Aquinas, Ralph, and Boyle Scholars on Tuesday, April 30.
Held in Hudson Auditorium on campus, about 200 people attended the ceremony, which recognized the Mount’s best and brightest.
Before distributing honor cords to the scholars, to be worn at graduation, Mount President Dr. Jason N. Adsit congratulated the students on a job well done. The cords were then blessed by Fr. Gregoire Fluet, campus chaplain and director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry.
The keynote address was delivered by Sr. Patricia Sullivan, OP, a Mount alumna (1964) and professor emerita of Mathematics. In addition to teaching at the Mount, Sr. Sullivan also served as Faculty in Residence, director of Residence, and as part of Campus Ministry.
Aquinas, Ralph, and Boyle Scholar awards are presented to those students who attain a high degree of proficiency in their studies and have demonstrated a sincere commitment to learning at the college. Candidates must be full-time students, and only 5 percent of each class may be nominated.
A Ralph Scholar is a sophomore who has attained a grade point average of at least 3.40 who has received the recommendation of at least two faculty members. The Ralph Scholar Award is named in honor of Sr. Mary Vincent Ralph, O.P., co-founder of the college and its first academic dean.
An Aquinas Scholar is a junior or senior with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.60 who has received the recommendation from their major’s division. The award is named after St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of students and Catholic colleges and universities.
A Boyle Scholar is a senior in the Mount’s Degree Completion Program who has attained a minimum grade point average of 3.60, and has been recommended by their division and their academic advisor. The Boyle Scholar Award is named in honor of Sr. Agnes Boyle, OP. During her time at the Mount, Sr. Boyle initiated the Degree Completion Program. She was also one of the founders of what would become the Catholic Dominican Institute (CDI), which hosted the induction ceremony.
CDI promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances the Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues, and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.