SMWC announces February scholarship winners

March 16th, 2011 |

SMWC Announces February Scholarship Winners

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) and WTHI-TV announce the February recipients of the Top Ten on 10 Scholarship. Throughout the academic year, the Top Ten on 10 Scholarship awards $13,000 renewable SMWC scholarships to female high school seniors in the WTHI viewing area. The awards recognize female students with strong academic backgrounds, demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to community service.


The recipients are Elizabeth Ellis, Cayuga, Ind.; Kelsey Vanwey, Terre Haute, Ind.; and Sarah New, Filmore, Ind. 

Elizabeth Ellis exhibits a strong commitment to academics at North Vermillion High School.  A member of the National Honors Society, Elizabeth is in the top 15th in her class.  She received many awards for achievement in math, science, social studies and Spanish. She is active in the Academic Bowl, Spell Bowl, swim team and cheerleading. In her community, she works in her church and with youth groups.

She believes the important leadership qualities are “courage, morality, charisma, and the ability to be a great role model.” Elizabeth is interested in studying pre-pharmacy.

Kelsey Vanwey from Terre Haute South High School is a determined student who takes total responsibility for her own education. She is a member of the National Honors Society, the Principal’s Advisory Committee and Path Finders. Vanwey maintains an above average grade point average every grading period. She recognizes that leadership is all about strength of character.  “Being a good leader means being able to stay strong under pressure, being able to take adversity head on and having confidence to preserver,” Kelsey said. She volunteers at VistaCare Hospice and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. She plans to major in business.

At South Putnam High School, Sarah New is actively involved in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, drama club. She earned honors in horse showing, swimming and choir. New is also a recipient of the Scholastic Achievement Award. She plans to pursue her degree in education. She believes integrity is a critical characteristic necessary for a good leader commenting that a leader must possess “a steady devotion to moral and ethical principals.” 

In addition to the 10 scholarship award winners that are named throughout the year, two students will be selected to receive $20,000 renewable SMWC scholarships. The two $20,000 scholarship winners will be announced in March.


Apply for the Top Ten on 10 Scholarship at or call the Office of Admission at (812) 535-5106.



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