The College has created a new full-tuition competitive scholarship to honor the memory of Sister Mary Rochefort, a beloved member of the St. Scholastica community.
Sister Mary, who died in February at age 75, served throughout her life as an educator. She spent the past 15 years at the College leading efforts in mission integration, which helps keep the Catholic Benedictine spirit thriving on campus and the relationship between the Monastery and the College going strong.
"She touched the lives of faculty, staff and students alike," said Sister Beverly Raway, prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery. "Sister Mary was a faith-filled, wise, honest, and compassionate woman who had a truly delightful sense of humor. She had a genuine love for people, most especially students."
The Sister Mary Rochefort Community Builder Scholarship is for incoming first-year traditional undergraduate students.
Two scholarships will be awarded. One will cover full tuition, room and meals; the other will cover full tuition but not room and meals. The deadline to apply is April 15. For more information, visit www.css.edu/freshmanscholarships.
Sister Mary's death came on Feb. 9, the day the College and the Monastery celebrated the Feast of St. Scholastica. In her final email message to the campus community, Sister Mary said: "It is my wish to live in the moment of each day and enjoy its beauty as much as I can. I trust God when He says 'I will be with you always.'"
The Sister Mary Rochefort Community Builder Scholarship will help ensure that her legacy continues.
"Sister Mary was a role model for what 'community' truly means," said Eric Berg, vice president for enrollment management. "Scholarship recipients will be selected in part based on evidence of a desire to help build a positive, inclusive community at St. Scholastica — the kind of work Sister Mary believed in so strongly."