The recipient of the Sarah Michele Guineviere Pyles Memorial Scholarship was recently announced as sophomore Shelby Perkins. With a double major in Political Science and International Languages and Cultures: Spanish, she fit all of the criteria of the scholarship, including a grade point average above 3.0, and having already completed at least one year at St. Mary’s.
Those competing for the scholarship were asked to write an essay detailing how they would change the world to make it a better place, since the namesake of the award, Sarah “Sadie” Pyles, who abruptly passed away while studying abroad in Alba, Italy last semester, wanted to better the world by improving international relations.
Perkins will receive the $1,000 award, which will go towards her school funds for the 2011-2012 school year.
“I’m honored to win this scholarship,” said Perkins, “and although I did not know Sarah, I hope to use this scholarship to help my cause of advancing the education of young women throughout the world.”