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Collamore ‘18 Awarded Visi’s First Morehead, Kirvan ‘18 Wins Ingram at Vanderbilt

"I am still in shock.”

Weeks after being named one of 79 Morehead-Cain Scholars at The University of North Carolina (less than half of whom are from out of state), Katherine Collamore still cannot believe she was chosen. Katherine’s Salesian humility shone through as she talked about the application and admissions process: “I met so many incredible people down there; accomplished individuals with plans for how to make the world better. It was humbling.”

The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that not only covers full tuition, housing, and fees for the school, but also includes exclusive global enrichment programs and lifelong learning and mentoring opportunities. Katherine is the first Morehead-Cain scholar from Visitation in institutional memory.

Katherine’s classmate Michaela Kirvan echoed her sentiments when asked about being named an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt: “I was intimidated but inspired by the interview process.”

According to its website, the Ingram Scholarship Program “challenges students to create and implement substantial service projects in the community … supporting [those] who demonstrate a willingness and ability to combine a successful business or professional career with a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to critical problems facing modern society.” Like Morehead-Cain Scholars, recipients of the Ingram Scholarsip receive full-tuition each year plus stipends for special summer service projects. Scholars must commit to twenty hours of service per month and complete at least one summer service project.

Michaela’s interest in pursuing an education and career focused on service to others was fueled by her junior year Praxis and Honors Pre-Calculus projects focused on helping refugees in Syria. “I never thought of engineering before [that project]...” she said. The idea of using engineering skills to solve social injustices, “spoke to my background of Catholic social teaching and Salesian values. I want to improve the common good.”

Congratulations, Katherine and Michaela!

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