Caroline Cull of Scotch Plains, a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung and a graduate of Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield, has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship from Villanova University. She has also been named a Scholar Athlete by the Somerset County Principals Association.
The Presidential Scholarship is a renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition, room, board, general fee, and the cost of textbooks for eight semesters. According to Villanova University’s website, “Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.”
“Receiving the Presidential Scholarship was an amazing accomplishment and honor,” said Caroline. “I was already excited to be attending Villanova, but receiving the scholarship opened up so many new doors and just revitalized that excitement.”
“I will go to campus a week before orientation for Summer Academy and be in the honors program within the Nursing school,” she shared.
“The interview weekend was not only a great opportunity to practice my interview skills, but I was also able to meet students and professors I will be spending my next four years with. I was lucky enough to meet and have dinner with the Dean Donna S. Havens, Dean of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova and various professors,” said Caroline.
“Everyone I met was so impressive and intelligent, and it made me realize how lucky I have been to have amazing teachers at Mount Saint Mary Academy and to be able to continue to have that in college,” she added. “I am so grateful and honored to have received the Presidential Scholarship, and can’t wait to experience everything it has to offer.”
Caroline has also been named a Scholar Athlete by the Somerset County Principals Association. She will receive her award during a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
“I was extremely honored to be named a Scholar Athlete. I am so grateful to have had incredible teachers and coaches that have always helped and supported me throughout my time at Mount,” noted Caroline.
In addition to Caroline’s academic and athletic achievements, she has been a key leader for Operation Smile and an active member of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Operation Smile Club since her freshman year. From November 29 to December 8, she attended a mission trip for Operation Smile in Tangier, Morocco where she worked at Hospital Al Kortobi, which is located on the coast across from Spain.
“Operation Smile does life-changing work, and I was incredibly lucky to be a part of that and to help change someone’s life,” said Caroline. “I believe everyone should get an opportunity to have an experience like I did and would recommend getting involved with Operation Smile in any way possible—whether it be through donations, ISLC (International Student Leadership Conference), or even going on a mission. All will help change someone’s life. I hope to stay involved in college through a U-Voice program. I also hope to be a nurse when I graduate, so I also aspire to go on a mission to help as a nurse when I’m older.”
Caroline is the daughter of Mr. Brian Cull and Mrs. Susan Cull of Scotch Plains. Her sister, Grace, is a junior at Mount Saint Mary Academy. Her brother, Kevin, is an eighth grader at Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield.
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