At the end of each school year the two Knights of Columbus councils in Juneau award outstanding Catholic high school seniors with $500 scholarships.
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.
This year the Juneau Knights of Columbus awarded scholarships to seven Juneau graduates. Winners from the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish are Bridget McTague, Toby Minick, Sadie Tuckwood and Natalie Zimmerman, all who are graduates of Juneau-Douglas High School. The winners from St. Paul the Apostle parish are Dorothy Kuterbach and Hannah Taube, who attended Thunder Mountain High school and Asianna Mazon, who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School.
The following are short profiles of the award winners:
Bridget McTague will be attending Connecticut College in the fall. In her essay she recalled the service projects she participated in with her confirmation class. From that experience she learned that, “Being Catholic is more than going to church every Sunday. It’s about being active in our community, serving others and being a good neighbor.”
Toby was undecided about his college choice at the time of submitting his application for the scholarship. In his essay he shared that, “The key tenets of Catholicism are practicing our faith in the community, through charity and good works, and practicing our faith at church and our homes, through prayer and reflection.”
Sadie Tuckwood will be attending Gonzaga University this fall. In her essay she shared that being Catholic is about faith, family and fellowship. “Being Catholic has helped me be closer to my own family, have faith when things are tough and continue to gather with people of like minds.”
Natalie Zimmerman plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall and will major in dental hygiene. In her essay she shared that what makes a person Catholic is more than attending Mass, “What makes you Roman Catholic is living by the words of God every day.”
In the fall, Dorothy Kuterbach will attend Penn State University where she will study international politics. For Dorothy, “To be Roman Catholic is to be part of a family. A community in which we learn values that guide us throughout our lives and help us to be not only good members of the congregation, but good members of society.”
Hannah Taube plans to attend the St. Mary’s University of Minnesota this fall and will study biology. Hannah says being Catholic, “is about staying true to your faith when others say you are wrong and working to follow the teachings we are given.”
Asianna was undecided about her college choice at the time of submitting her application for the scholarship. In her essay Asianna said that being a Catholic today means being “able to share my faith” and “never forgetting that God is my savior.”