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Nathan Thornton, Class of 2012

University of Portland; Portland, OR

Hometown: Boise, ID

Major: Nursing

“The University of Portland creates its own community on The Bluff. I compete in Cross Country and Track. Even though we are in a large school division for sports (NCAA Division I), we have the feel of a small school. You can go anywhere on campus and find someone to talk to or hang out with. Classes are small, and your professors want you to succeed. Nothing can be better than getting on a first name basis with a professor and being noticed in a class.”

Mariah Meeks

College of St. Benedict/St. John University

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Major: Nutrition/Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy

Mariah attended Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She works at The Boys and Girls Club. She enjoys going to concerts, hiking, baking and hanging out with her  friends. She plans on getting her Nutrition and Psychology degr “I chose College of St. Benedict/St. John because when I was on my visit everything was really comfortable. When I told them about my future plans, they knew how to plan my 4 years to help me reach my goals.”

Adrienne Boykin

Fordham University - New York, NY

Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Adrienne graduated in 2009 from the College of Business Administration and represented the University at two academic conferences on corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.


“I found Fordham's campus comforting. It brings students together.”

Felix Lopez

The Catholic University of America - Washington, DC

Hometown: Buena Park, CA

Major: Philosophy, Pre-Law

“With picturesque scenery, well-designed landscaping and buildings ranging from old stone castle types to modern industrial types, CUA's campus holds plenty of beauty with its rich history. Also, many people, faculty and students alike, share a great hospitable spirit and show a genuine interest in helping one another. Lastly, public transportation is accessible and dependable with the metro stop on campus and the city of Washington, D.C. and all its professional, social, and cultural opportunities at our fingertips!”

Ashley Bennett

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Hometown: Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Major: Theology and Catechetics

Ashley attended Radnor High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She has a passion for singing, especially through praise and worship music, leadership, Jesus and roller coasters. She was in color guard for 3 years, and she loved participating in that program. “I first stepped on Franciscan's campus the summer before my junior year. When I was there, I felt like I was at home, and I knew I wanted to attend. The religious environment is awesome, and I love all of the people there. Everyone is so welcoming.”

Kimberleigh Costanzo

Iona College, New Rochelle, NY

Hometown: Bethpage, NY

Major: Philosophy

Minor: Performing Arts Dance, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women's Studies

Kimberleigh Costanzo is an honors student at Iona College and a member of the class of 2014. Kimberleigh chose Iona for its location in the suburbs, proximity to NYC and for the small-school atmosphere.


“I love all that Iona has to offer and I take every opportunity to get involved on campus. I am a member of Iona's award winning Mock Trial team, the Edmund Rice Society and a founding member of the Aristotelian Society. I also enjoy giving back and that is why I joined the Iona in Mission (outreach) program. I will be traveling to Zambia, Africa with the group and hope to have an unforgettable experience serving those in need.”

Peter Heuer

Niagara University, NY

“I knew I wanted to attend Niagara as an Education major since I was a sophomore in High School. Niagara's Education program has garnered and maintained the highest respect both nationally and internationally. Academically, there was no questioning my decision. My only fear was that as a commuter, I would miss out on the “college experience”. Niagara, however, has provided me an environment in which I have become both academically and socially involved. Through campus activities and my experience working with Niagara's Radio Station and Theatre Department I have begun new experiences that continue to grow every day.”

Andrew Jacob

University of Dallas

Hometown: Lewisville, Texas

Major: Physics

Minor: Philosophy

Andrew attended Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, Texas. He chose the University of Dallas for its extensive core classes and the wonderful sense of community at the school. He enjoys playing the guitar and piano, swimming, reading and playing vide “I don't know exactly what I want to do with my life yet, so I plan to get through college and then decide what to do with the rest of my life. ”

Alexandra Wallgren

Creighton University

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Major: BioChemistry

Alexandra attended Hermantown High School in Hermantown, Minnesota. She loves fitness and reading. After receiving her doctorate in physical therapy, she plans on gaining her licensure as a chiropractor and certified acupuncturist.    “I chose Creighton for its Physical Therapy program allowing me to receive my Ph.D. in 6 years instead of 7. I was also impressed by the way Creighton made me feel like an individual student. ”

Anna Kallqvist, Class of 2014

Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, IA

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Anna had no idea where she wanted to go after she had graduated high school. Several schools in the U.S. contacted Anna, but after being recruited for golf, she made a visit to Mount Mercy and decided it would be a good fit. “The people here are very friendly and I am very happy with my college choice!”


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The National CCAA Scholarship Awards

The National CCAA annually awards 8 one-time, $1,000 scholarship awards to college-bound high school seniors from various geographic regions attending one of our member institutions in fall 2014. This year’s winners are from every corner of the United States and Ireland. We asked each scholarship winner five questions about themselves and here are their responses.

Chris Mateer
Chris attended Ocean City High School in Ocean City, New Jersey. He will attend Gwynedd Mercy University (PA) in the fall. 

Chris chose Gwynedd Mercy University for several reasons. It was the very first college he visited, and he was impressed right away with the new buildings.  He also wanted to attend a smaller school. Lastly, since he will be playing lacrosse, his coach and future teammates made him feel as if he was at home immediately. He plans to study accounting. Chris enjoys surfing, working out, and hanging with friends in addition to playing lacrosse. His favorite book is Of Mice and Men.

His future plans are to work in forensic accounting or in a CPA firm.

Ariana Worcester
Ariana attended Pewaukee High School in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. She will attend Viterbo University (WI) in the fall.

Ariana chose Viterbo for its overall atmosphere and size. In addition, she loved La Crosse and could easily see herself living and learning there. She plans to study Biology. Ariana enjoys horseback riding, horse showing (in saddle seat), reading, drawing, hiking/backpacking, fishing, rock climbing, and cross country skiing. Her favorite books are The Scorpio Races, 1776, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Unbroken. Her favorite bands include Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Bon Jovi.

Her future plans include graduating from college without too many bumps in the road (hopefully). Following that, she would like to work in a lab setting for one or two years before getting her Master’s degree in a more focused area of biology possibly molecular or cellular biology. Following graduation, she would like to continue working in a lab setting as well as buy a few horses that she could ride and show.
Niamh Morgan
Niamh Morgan attended Sacred Heart School in Drogheda County, Ireland. She will attend Assumption College (MA) in the fall.

Niamh chose Assumption College because she loves its positive atmosphere, and it has a great reputation in the sciences which is the area she hopes to study. She plans to study Neuroscience. Niamh loves to swim, and she will be swimming for Assumption College for the next four years. She also loves to read and listen to music. Her favorite band is The 1975 and her favorite book is Beatrice by Noelle Harrison.

Her future plans include completing her degree with hopes to travel the world and experience the different cultures of countries such as Brazil, Australia and India.
Odalys Burciaga
Odalys attended Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado. She will attend Regis University (CO) in the fall.

Odalys chose Regis University because it is a school that she loved from the beginning. The campus is beautiful and the perfect size for her.  She is able to still be in the city without feeling like it. The professors are great, and there are so many amazing opportunities she is able to receive with the help of the university. Regis has an incredible Nursing program that will help her achieve her goal step by step. She was also fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from Regis. She plans to study Nursing. Odalys’ hobbies include snowboarding, playing soccer and volleyball, reading and listening to music. Her favorite band is The Script, and her favorite book is Divergent (the entire trilogy).

Her future plans include graduating from Regis with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, getting a year of experience as a nurse after graduation, and then continuing on to graduate school to receive her Master of Science in Nursing. With this, she hopes to pursue a career as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She also plans on traveling a lot more in the future.
Shane Faherty
Shane attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts. He will attend Xavier University in the fall.

Shane chose Xavier University because of its Jesuit and Catholic identity. He really loves how Xavier helps students become well-rounded men and women: socially, spiritually and intellectually. When he was walking around campus, many of the students went out of their way to talk to him and ask him what he thought of Xavier. This made him feel that Xavier would be a great home for him to grow over the next four years. He plans to study Theology and possibly double majoring or minoring in Psychology. Shane’s hobbies include running, camping and anything outdoors whether it be hiking with friends or throwing the football around in the back yard. His favorite band is Zack Brown Band because it is always playing whenever he has friends in the car.

His future plans are to get involved in Xavier's campus ministry program and continue to be a leader in a faith filled community. Some of his long term plans would be to teach theology at a Catholic high school and live in Rome for a year since he had a life changing experience when he went on a pilgrimage with 35 other friends with his high school.

Mary Berset
Mary attended Oakcrest School in McLean, Virginia. She will attend University of San Diego in the fall.

Mary chose University of San Diego because of the strong liberal arts curriculum, the beautiful campus, and the general positive and welcoming atmosphere of the university. She plans to study English; however she is keeping her options open as she begins her college career. Mary loves reading, writing, and horseback riding. Her favorite book is The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen.

Her future plans include working as an investigative journalist, helping to expose corruption and bring important issues to the public eye.
Patrick Miller
Patrick attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. He will attend The Catholic University of America in the fall.

Patrick chose The Catholic University of America not only because of the great environment of the school, but also its location, Washington, DC, and all the opportunities offered in the city. He plans to study Nursing. Patrick’s hobbies include rugby, fencing, fishing, hunting, camping, and playing guitar. His favorite book is The Outsiders.

His future plans are to hopefully succeed in college, become a Nurse Practitioner, and get a job around the DC area.
Elizabeth Keyes
Elizabeth attended Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She will attend Loyola University Chicago.

Elizabeth chose Loyola because of the opportunities and amazing experiences she could achieve at the school. Not only is it an academically rigorous school that will teach her to thrive in the work force, but it also as a lot to offer being located in downtown Chicago. She is looking forward to experiencing Chicago and learning about all the different cultures and lifestyles in the city. She plans to study Nursing. Elizabeth loves to read, workout, bike ride, and hang out with her friends. Her favorite singers are Ed Sheeran and Matt Kearny.

Her future plans include completing her nursing degree and plans continue her education and become a Nurse Practitioner, most likely working in pediatrics.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact Joyce Masek, National CCAA Executive Director, at or at 614.633.5444.

Search For A College Or University

There are many Catholic colleges and universities to choose from, with a variety of sizes, locations, and academic and extracurricular offerings.  Search for a Catholic college or university that's right for you by browsing our list of National CCAA member institutions and their profiles.

The process might seem daunting and time-consuming, but it can actually be a rewarding journey in which students and parents learn about their preferences, personalities, and learning styles.  Here are some tips on conducting a successful, smooth, and stress-free search.

Financial Aid

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