August 28, 2017
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Saint Anselm College has selected Jessica Kaufman '18, an economics major and international relations minor from Portsmouth, R.I., as the Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year.
This award, granted annually to an incoming senior, provides Kaufman with a full-tuition scholarship for her final year on the Hilltop. Fr. Bernard Holmes scholars must demonstrate concern for and assistance to others, potential for leadership, and a love of learning, while participating in the life of the college.
"When Dr. DiSalvo told me that I was the Fr. Bernard Holmes scholar, I felt so humbled and truly honored that I was selected," says Kaufman. "It truly does ‘take a village,' and my ability to be selected for this award is because of the community around me at Saint Anselm. I cannot express enough gratitude for all of the people who have helped me academically, inspired me to serve others, and opened my eyes to new experiences."
With her strong work ethic and compassion, Kaufman has taken these new experiences to the next level. She's a member of the women's soccer team, and serves as the president of the college's Honors Program, organizing lectures and other intellectually stimulating events for the over 350 honors students. Kaufman is also a member of the Tau chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Catholic Scholastic Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma (athletic), Pi Gamma Mu (social science), and Alpha Lambda Delta (first-year students) honor societies.
Off campus, Kaufman has assisted Manchester's youth in developing environmental initiatives for their schools through the Meelia Center's "Public Achievement" group. Through Campus Ministry's Service & Solidarity Missions program, she has served the homeless population of Saint Francis Inn in Philadelphia, Pa., and while she studied abroad in Cuzco, Peru, she worked with at-risk girls at the San Judas Chico Organization.
Kaufman combines her love of learning and desire to serve in her study of development economics. She has completed internships and conducted research at six organizations in her three years, including Kuli Kuli Foods in California and Uplifting Journeys in Peru. Her experiences both in and out of the classroom have given her a more in-depth picture of the work she wants to do post-graduation.
"Today, I believe there is a strong call to action across the political, societal, and economic spectrum to fight for innate human rights," Kaufman explains. "This scholarship affords me the opportunity to pursue my postgraduate goals of working in the social enterprise sector or within the economic development field to be an agent of social change. I will now be able to gain work experience in these fields knowing that financial stability is possible."
Her senior year, in addition to thriving on the field and in the classroom, Kaufman will be completing her senior honors thesis in economics and hopes it can be of use to a social cause or community-based organization. She is interested in pursuing graduate studies to aid her future career.
President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., and Chancellor Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., presented Kaufman with a certificate in recognition of her award, during the college's opening Mass on August 28, 2017 in the Abbey Church. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davison, in memory of Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., former president of the college.
Story by Jasmine Blais '17