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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.”

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.”

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.”

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. ”

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!”

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.”

Matthew Swansey

St. Bonaventure University

Hometown: Bristol, Rhode Island

Major: Undecided

Matthew attended Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, Rhode Island. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games and playing basketball. His future goal is to be a stock broker as he has always been intrigued by investing and making money.  “I chose St. Bonaventure University because of the quality education I know I will be receiving, and the tight-knit community feel that the college offers. St. Bonaventure has friendly students and faculty. ”

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!”

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.”

Sophia Hengelbrok

Xavier University

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Major: Undecided

Sophia attended John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany. In her free time she loves to play sports including lacrosse, read, travel, cook and write. She is unsure about what she will study and which career she will choose in the future. She know she wan “I chose Xavier because of its strong academic programs, Jesuit values and warm campus community. While visiting Xavier, I felt at home, which is important to me as I have never lived in the United States before. My father, grandfather and other family members are alumni.”



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The National CCAA Scholarship Awards

The National CCAA is proud to once again offer The National CCAA Scholarship. These are 8 one-time, $1000 awards given to 8 college-bound high school seniors from various geographic regions attending one of our member institutions in Fall 2014.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014.  Award recipients will be selected by mid-April.  The application takes only a few minutes to complete.  Click here for more details and the application.  

In 2013, 8 wonderful students received National CCAA Scholarship Awards.  Each of the distinguished students demonstrated academic excellence and strong character development, and we congratulate each of them for their success.  The 2013 winners are from every corner of the United States and Germany. For more information about the 2013 winners, click here.

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