Mount honors student scholars

May 09, 2017

Dr. David Kennett, president of Mount Saint Mary College, speaks to student scholars and donors at the 3rd Annual Scholars’ Brunch. 


Mount Saint Mary College celebrated the academic achievements of dozens of students at the 3rd Annual Scholars’ Brunch on Sunday, May 7.

The brunch celebrated the successes of MSMC Scholarship recipients and donors, Ralph Scholars (top 5 percent of the sophomore class), Aquinas Scholars (top 5 percent of each division/school for juniors and seniors), Boyle Scholars (high-achieving seniors in the Adult Degree Completion program), members of the college’s Honors Program, and members of each of the college’s nearly 20 honor societies.

Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm, director of Campus Ministry and the college chaplain, reminded students to use the knowledge that they had received at the Mount to the fullest.

Ilona McGuinness, vice president of Academic Affairs, noted that because of their success at the Mount, the students will “think differently and see differently” through the “interplay of both knowledge and creativity.”

The gathering also provided the opportunity to thank the friends of the college who have sponsored endowed scholarships for deserving Mount students in the last year.

Dr. David Kennett, president of Mount Saint Mary College, recognized the contributions of all of the Mount’s patrons.

“This institution, like any other, rests upon its people,” he said, noting that without the benefactors, many students would not have had the chance to attend college.

Joseph Valenti, vice president of advancement, echoed the sentiment. The donors “placed a bet on our students. They placed a wager on their success, that they would go on to run a lifelong race and thrive in their careers and lives.” Those bets had been successful, he noted.

The high-achieving students were served a brunch by members of the faculty “who and made students feel like true guests of honor,” said event co-chairs Barbara Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, and Doug Robinson, professor of biology.