Distinguished Scholar Award

Sr. Clare Marie TrettelSister Clare Marie Trettel
Distinguished Scholar Award

A Cloquet native, Sister Clare Marie Trettel is a graduate of The College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  She has had a variety of experiences in Catholic education that began with teaching upper elementary students. She served as a principal for fifteen years and then became superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Duluth.  Her next experience was as elementary coordinator and instructor at The College of St. Scholastica.  After leaving the College to serve as prioress of the Benedictine Sister of Duluth, she returned as coordinator of the ECI Program (our first online masters program).  She then became coordinator of the graduate education programs and continues to serve in roles essential to the success of the School of Education and its students.  Sister Clare lives the values we cherish as part of our Benedictine heritage.

Purpose of the Distinguished Scholar Award

To recognize students with outstanding commitment to education that surpasses the required curriculum.


Documented completion of six significant activities in the following three categories (at least one in each).  All experiences need previous approval by one of the SOE faculty contacts.

Professional Growth

  • Work as research assistant to faculty

  • Publication of article or book

  • Participation in state or national education or content area convention

  • Other*


  • Volunteer work in schools
  • Service Learning Experience
  • HECUA experience
  • Study Abroad
  • Dignitas Mentoring or Peer Tutoring
  • Special Assignment; work for School of Education faculty member
  • Other*


  • Curricular/grade level area chair in a school setting
  • Officer in School of Education student organization
  • Leader of a student organization
  • Student Senate member
  • Other*

*Must be developed with an SOE faculty contact.

For more information and to apply, contact:

Undergraduate Faculty Contacts:

John Bauman - jbauman@css.edu

Graduate Faculty Contacts:


Neil Witikko - nwitikko@css.edu

St. Cloud

Jesse Hinrichs - jhinrich@css.edu

St. Paul

Doreene Etongue-Mayer - detonguemayer@css.edu

School of Education general information:
(218) 723-6108