By: Dominique Johnson
Every May, the two Knights of Columbus councils in Juneau, award outstanding Catholic high school seniors with a scholarship.
To be considered for the scholarship, the students must at least have a 2.0 GPA, receive a letter of recommendation from a teacher and their pastor and complete an essay on what it means to be Catholic.
The winner of this year’s Suzanne Gemmell Memorial Scholarship, presented by the Knights of Columbus, is Capri Potter. Potter is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Knights will award her with $750 a year over the next four years to help pay for college expenses.
In the fall, Potter will start her college career at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she plans to study International Relations and Diplomacy. Her goal after college graduation is to become a public diplomacy officer for the U.S. Forest Service.
Potter is active at the Cathedral parish as an altar server and said when deciding on where to attend college, “All the schools I looked at were either a Catholic school or near a Catholic church because it (the Catholic Community) was something I still wanted to be a part of.”
In her winning essay, Potter said as Catholics, “We must strive to remember to love our neighbors,” and she has lived that out by tutoring her peers with school work. She said she would continue to live out her faith while attending school in Minnesota by volunteering with school ministries that serve those in need in the local community.