Feb. 16, 2019

Maggie Munsterman of Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. was one of five high school seniors recently awarded the Cardinal Newman Scholarship, Newman University’s highest and most prestigious financial award that covers four years of tuition at the university.

Recipients of the Cardinal Newman Scholarship must have at least a 3.9 cumulative high school GPA and a 29 composite ACT score. Award candidates complete an online application and essay before the final step in the process, an on-campus interview. A total of 23 candidates were invited to campus to interview with a selection committee for the award.

Munsterman presented an outstanding academic record and heavy involvement in extracurricular activities, work, community service and civic engagement. She is active in her high school’s student council, writer’s corner and cheerleading and also holds the roles of student ambassador and bible study leader, among others. She is highly involved in community service initiatives, achieved honors through the National Honors Society and National Society of High School Scholars and is active in her local church’s youth ministries.

Munsterman has plans to major in business at Newman University. She looks forward to the lessons learned in college both inside and outside of the classroom. “Personally, I want to kindle the fire of change by intentionally caring about each person I encounter and serving my community,” she said.

The scholarship, named for Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, is renewable for four years and is the most exclusive scholarship the university awards. The approximate value of all five awards for the 2019-20 class totals $654,830.