For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University Establishes the Bishop John Smith Scholarship

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 26, 2007—Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., president of Georgian Court University, announced that the university was establishing a scholarship named in honor of Bishop John Smith on his 10th anniversary as bishop of the Diocese of Trenton. Bishop Smith was on campus Monday to celebrate Mercy Day Mass for the Sisters of Mercy who sponsor Georgian Court University.  The announcement was made in a luncheon after Mass, which the bishop attended.

"We wanted to honor our bishop John Smith on his 10th anniversary as bishop," says President Jeffries. "He has been a welcome visitor so often to Georgian Court, and we have benefited from his counsel," she continues.  "He's a man of wisdom and compassion, and we are fortunate to have him as our friend."

The Bishop John Smith Scholarship will recognize Catholic high school graduates who have distinguished academic achievement records and who have used their talents to serve their parishes, their schools, and their communities, following the example of Bishop John Smith.

The scholarship consists of one full-time scholarship for four years to be awarded annually, commencing in September 2008 to an outstanding student from the Diocese of Trenton. One scholarship per year will be awarded.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, a student must be an accepted applicant to Georgian Court University; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum SAT score of 1100 (based on critical reading and math combined); be a parishioner of a Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Trenton; and write a 300-word essay on the topic "Living the Mercy Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Service, and Justice."

University fees and room and board are not covered by this scholarship.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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