When the Sisters of Mercy founded Saint Xavier University (SXU) in 1846, the goal for the institution was to carry out their benevolent mission. In keeping with tradition, it seems only fitting the Sisters of Mercy would offer a grant for qualifying students to advance their education. For the 2017-18 academic year, the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community have generously gifted SXU a $27,000 Mercy Scholarship grant.
Selected students will receive a $4,500 scholarship, and are expected to educate themselves on one of the five Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, which include: earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women. Recipients will write reflections on their experiences, which will be read by a Sister of Mercy.
“The Mercy Scholarship award recipients commit to reflection on the mission of the Sisters of Mercy and Saint Xavier University,” said Sister Corinne Raven, RSM. “This reflection will help guide their career – all in fidelity to addressing the Critical Concerns of our times.”
To qualify for the grant, students must meet the following criteria: be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the sophomore, junior or senior level at SXU; demonstrate considerable financial need; be in good disciplinary standing with the University; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Additionally, preference will be given to young women in their senior year.
The highly respected Mother Catherine McAuley established the Sisters of Mercy in 1831; an order focused primarily on service, hospitality and compassion, three of SXU’s Core Values. This scholarship combines these principles in an attempt to influence and encourage students to achieve their ambitions and to keep the Mercy spirit alive.
The efforts and interests of the Sisters of Mercy have propelled the continuation of Catherine McAuley’s Mercy spirit and passion for giving, which has helped students to flourish.
Interested Scholarship candidates must complete the application, which is located on SXU’s Scholarship Directory by Friday, Sept. 1. Decisions regarding the recipients will be announced in October.