Notre Dame Prep’s 2015 class receives $14M in scholarships

Notre Dame Prep class of 2015 Co-Valedictorians Nicholas Babu and Kelsey Yurek. (Submitted photo)

Notre Dame Prep class of 2015 Co-Valedictorians Nicholas Babu and Kelsey Yurek. (Submitted photo)

The 174 members of Notre Dame Preparatory‘s class of 2015 graduated with 338 scholarship offers totaling $14,001,802.

Nationally ranked chess champion Nicholas DesMarais received monetary awards from several colleges and civic organizations totaling more than $700,000, according to a press release. Mr. DesMarais will attend Washington University in St. Louis.

Other members of the senior class amassing significant scholarship awards from multiple schools include Elliott Parker with $542,000 and Veronica Robbins with $378,000.  Mr. Parker will attend the University of San Diego and Ms. Robins will attend Villanova University.

According to the release, five graduating students received Patron Saint Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement in specific areas of personal development:

  • Brendan White, St. Katherine Drexel Award for Leadership
  • Abby McCann, St. August Award for Promise and Growth
  • Olivia Twiford, St. Francis of Assisi Award for Discipleship
  • Morgan Morano, St. Thomas Aquinas Award for Scholarship
  • Anne Kaiser, Blessed Mother Theresa Award for Service/Justice

Also receiving individual recognition at the commencement ceremony were Mater Dei Award recipients Edmund Wong, Creighton University, and Emily Philips, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

“The Mater Dei Award is bestowed upon two graduating students who most epitomize the qualities we associate for an NDP Saint,” stated Brenda Beers, NDP Director of Student Activities, in the release. “They are involved academically, spiritually, athletically and socially at the highest level at Notre Dame Preparatory.”

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