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SXU Students Awarded Sisters of Mercy Scholarship


Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Joseph Wathen and Alexander Pruefer, both graduate students working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA), have been awarded the Graham School of Management's (GSM) Sisters of Mercy Scholarship, designed to help those who've had a change in their financial situation.

David Parker, J.D., LL.M., director of Graduate Programs and director of the Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption, finds that scholarships are becoming more important in higher education. "The Sisters of Mercy scholarships are awarded each year to recognize academic excellence, help overcome financial hardship and educational disadvantage, recognize cultural and sporting excellence, support indigenous students and more. Without them, many students would not be able to attend college, but these scholarships not only support students with financial need, but also those who fall in the gap between high and low-income levels—students who might not qualify for a need-based scholarship or don't meet the criteria for a merit-based scholarship. They can also be a significant reward to students excelling in their studies," said Parker.

Wathen believes the scholarship is a great opportunity for students who need a little extra help. "This scholarship is important to me because it allows me to help chip away at some debt. Since I waited to return to school, it means more because I am the one paying, so I am extremely grateful for this scholarship."

Pruefer, who's a student senator, finds it meaningful to receive the scholarship. "In the past, I wasn't always the most focused student and I've had to put in a lot of time and hard work to be in a position where I succeed academically. Receiving the scholarship is confirmation that I am on the right path in my education and life."

Wathen encourages others to apply for the scholarship, particularly if they feel it would improve their financial situation. "There's nothing wrong with asking for help when it comes to your academics." Pruefer agrees, reminding students to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities. "Even if you think you won't get the scholarship, give it a shot anyway. You might be surprised!"

"SXU and GSM are proud we can offer this kind of assistance and incentives to our deserving students. By establishing this scholarship, The Sisters of Mercy make a big difference in our students' lives. We are incredibly proud of students like Joseph and Alex," said Parker.

Wathen plans to attend law school after completing the MBA program at SXU. After earning the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification and Certified Fraud Examiner certification, Wathen anticipates working for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Pruefer plans to pursue multiple opportunities but is especially interested in executive management and leadership, hoping to work as a prosecutor for the state attorney's office or in a clerkship for a judge. Congratulations to Joseph Wathen and Alexander Pruefer for receiving the Sisters of Mercy Scholarship!