October 31, 2020

Olivia Kelton, of Rumford, Awarded Assumption University Scholarship for Commitment to Service

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Worcester, MA (09/11/2020)-- Assumption University has announced that Olivia Kelton, of Rumford, has been awarded a prestigious Light the Way Scholarship, awarded to a select number of first-year students who demonstrate leadership, a commitment to service, and a desire to make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world.

Kelton, Class of 2024, was recognized for establishing a program to help students with learning differences. Influenced by her own experience growing up with dyslexia, Olivia created the mentoring program Full Circle with two of her former schools. The purpose of the program is to build a community of support for individuals with learning difference, by having young students interact with high school students who have learning difference through games, discussions, and art.

"A unique aspect of an Assumption University education is our commitment to providing a high-caliber, Catholic liberal arts education that forms students who use their knowledge and talents to better the world in which we live," said University President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. "Infused in many classes and co-curricular activities at Assumption are community service opportunities through which students are formed as thoughtful citizens. Students chosen as Light the Way Scholars have demonstrated a desire to serve those in the greatest of need and enact positive change in the world, a quality that will allow them to flourish at Assumption and beyond."

This year, Assumption awarded 31 Light the Way Scholarships worth up to $27,000 each, renewable for all four years. As part of the scholarship requirements, Light the Way scholars must continue to demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the University's mission to "Light the Way" for others. Scholars must also take the Perspectives on Global Humanitarian Relief course, which challenges students to think deeply about global migration and the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), one of the largest global relief aid organizations in the world. Assumption is one of just a few institutions of higher learning nationwide designated as a CRS Global Campus, a partnership that is used to generate awareness of global poverty among students on campus through fundraisers and campaigns throughout the academic year.

Learn more about the Light the Way Scholarship by visiting: https://www.assumption.edu/admissions-financial-aid/undergraduate-admissions-and-financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants/light-way-scholarship  

Assumption University, founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, is New England's premier university for high-quality education, integrating career preparation and education of the whole person, drawing upon the best in the rich and centuries-long tradition of Catholic higher education. Assumption, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, seeks to provide students with a transformative education that forms graduates who possess critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service. The University offers 34 majors and 49 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, nursing and professional studies; as well as master's and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs. For more information about Assumption University, please visit www.assumption.edu.

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