St. Cecilia Academy News
St. Cecilia Academy senior chosen for Vanderbilt’s prestigious Ingram Scholarship Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 2, 2017) — St. Cecilia Academy senior Elise Driver has just been chosen as one of twelve new students for the Ingram Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt University. Driver and the eleven students chosen are among 975 high school seniors who applied for the prestigious program.
During St. Cecilia Academy spring break, Driver was invited to the final panel interview on campus March 19-21, after which she learned she was accepted to Vanderbilt University as a member of the Ingram Scholarship Program.
At St. Cecilia Academy, Driver is the National Honor Society president, Dance Company vice-president, a student ambassador, member of Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society, and on Student Council. She has put in over 500 hours of community service over her four years of high school, specifically starting an initiative at St. Cecilia Academy connected with Mary’s Meals, a global charitable organization working to end hunger and promote education for the world’s poorest children.
Principal Sister Anne Catherine, O.P. said, “Elise is a talented young woman who combines a love for the STEM fields with a passion for service. With her gracious intelligent manner and a focus on other people, I can see why she was a standout to the selection committee.”
During her four years at Vanderbilt, Driver hopes to study chemical engineering, learn more about service, global citizenship and diversity, and become an integral member of the university community. She was inspired to pursue chemical and biomolecular engineering after seeing a group of young women engineers at Vanderbilt’s Design Day 2015. She said, “It was clear that these women brought needed diversity to a male-dominated profession, and that their presence would positively affect consumers on a large scale. After additional research about chemical engineering, Driver became interested in the relationship to pharmaceuticals as a service to others.
“I'm so excited and feel extremely blessed to have received this opportunity. I appreciate all of the encouragement and support from my family, friends, and school community,” stated Driver.
The Ingram Scholarship Program was conceived in 1993 by E. Bronson Ingram, president of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1991 until his death in 1995, as a way to encourage students to combine a professional career with a commitment to community service. Ingram Scholars receive full-tuition support each year, engage in 20 hours of community service each month, and design and implement projects that address significant community needs. The program encourages Ingram Scholars to create projects that become self-sustaining.
About St. Cecilia Academy
St. Cecilia Academy ennobles young women, equips them to excel, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity. St. Cecilia Academy is a Catholic all-girls college preparatory school that challenges students to grapple with truth in order to become their best selves. Founded in 1860 by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, St. Cecilia Academy is Nashville’s oldest private high school. St. Cecilia Academy has been named to the Top 50 best Catholic high schools in the U.S. list seven times since 2004. SCA is also home to the 2012 TSSAA Division II-A State Volleyball Champions, 2013 TSAA Division II State Long Jump Champion, and the 2012 state forensics poetry champion.