Local Catholic high schoolers receive full scholarships to Saint Martin's University

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Saint Martin's University's abbey church, abbey and Old Main building. Photo: Courtesy Saint Martin's University Saint Martin's University's abbey church, abbey and Old Main building. Photo: Courtesy Saint Martin's University

Three Western Washington Catholic high school graduates are the latest recipients of full-ride scholarships to Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

The Abbot Oswald Baran, O.S.B., and Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. Scholarships, or “Abbott Scholarships,” are named after Saint Martin’s first and current abbots and chancellors. The awards are need-based and go to students who demonstrate Saint Martin’s core values of faith, reason, community and service.

The newest Abbott Scholars from Western Washington are:

Esteban Quiyono is a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell. Quiyono is active as a player, coach and referee with the Greater Seattle Surf Soccer Club, speaks French, Spanish and English fluently, and played in Archbishop Murphy’s band. He plans to take a pre-professional program in medicine.

Keyla Cea-Benites is a senior at Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey and a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey. Cea-Benites has been a leader in her Hispanic youth group, worked as a child care aide, did service trip medical interpreting, is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and cheered at her school. She plans to study psychology.

John Sommer is a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. He plays football and the bagpipes, volunteered at youth summer camps, and served as a student ambassador. He plans to study mechanical engineering.

The fourth Abbott Scholar, Sarah Zepeda, is a graduate of Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco.

Each student will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Recipients are asked to live on campus and provide community service to the admissions, campus ministry and career development offices, as well as, faculty members.

This is the second cohort of Abbott Scholars since the school started the scholarship in 2016.

The Benedictines from St. Martin’s Abbey in Lacey founded Saint Martin’s University as a private, Catholic college in 1895.