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Ambrose Scholars Drawn to SAU

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First-year student Nathan Tappen

July 2017

Four first-year students who have been recognized as Ambrose Scholars said they were drawn to the university for the liberal arts education, student-centric focus, strong academic programs, and focus on community.

The university, in turn, was drawn to these students for what they accomplished in their own communities and the strengths they bring to campus. Starting this fall, these Ambrose Scholars will attend the university on a full tuition scholarship, which was awarded based on an essay each wrote about their school and community involvement, leadership and desire to impact SAU.

These first-year students are: 

Photo of Leah TaylorLeah Taylor, of Heyworth, Ill., who is ready to dive in this fall and get involved in St. Ambrose programs and activities. She said university's tradition of helping the community and impacting the world was an excellent fit, and she was thrilled to be offered early admittance to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Read the full story here.

Photo of Nathan TappenNathan Tappen, of Crystal Lake, Ill., who was drawn to SAU's strong academic programs, liberal arts focus and Catholic intellectual tradition. He said he is thankful for the scholarship and finding a university that encourages and supports service learning and volunteering. Read the full story here.

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Rachel Wiedman, of Villa Park, Ill., wanted to find a university where she could earn a secondary education degree and a postgraduate degree, too, which led her to St. Ambrose. "As soon as I got on campus, I felt like it was the right place. I had a gut instinct that this is where I am meant to be and go to college," she said. Read the full story here.

Photo of Damon WolterDamon Wolter, of Keokuk, Iowa, who felt a strong sense of community during each of his campus visits. It was that, coupled with the university's affiliation with the Catholic faith and mission to help others, that led him to conclude St. Ambrose was the place for him. Read the full story here.


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