Bradford area senior wins $184,000 college scholarship

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The cost of college tuition can sometimes stand in the way of a student continuing their education, but for one Northwestern Pennsylvania student, that’s no longer a concern. 

We’ve all heard the expression, “hard work pays off”.  That concept came to life in Bradford today with a check as proof. 

When Senior Clare Mulcahy walked down the steps at Bradford Area High School, she could’ve never guessed what happened next.

“Congratulations. You are the first-place winner.”

Representatives with Saint Vincent College presenting a check of $184,000.  That amount covering four years of tuition and room and board. 

Francis and Mary Mulcahy, Clare’s Parents, say, “Even when you know you have some money stored away for it, it’s still a huge chunk of money and it’s a big decision so it really helps.” 

Clare is the recipient of what’s called the ‘Wimmer Scholarship’.  Because she scored the highest on a general knowledge exam in a pool of 220 competitors. 

Clare tells us, “It was probably the hardest test I’ve ever taken and I definitely did not expect to win.” 

The school principal, David Ray, says based on Clare’s accomplishments in high school, he knows she’s ready to take on college and excel in a new atmosphere. “She’s very modest but she really is one of our top students academically, but she is also an athlete and she’s also a very, very talented musician. I really can’t think of anybody who would represent us better at St. Vincent.” 

Heather Kabala, Dean of Admissions for Saint Vincent College, says, “We hope that Clare comes to Saint Vincent, spends a wonderful four years with us and really takes advantage of this opportunity.” 

It’s a gift Clare won’t take lightly, and neither will her parents. 

With a full ride on the horizon, some might say the sky’s the limit.

Clare says she still has a lot to decide, but she’ll most likely major in something science-related.

The college didn’t pick Clare by chance, and the people who’ve watched her grow over the last four years in high school, say she’s more than deserving.

Her parents tell us Clare is a “good kid… Yeah, a really good kid and very self-motivated and very curious…  We’re just thrilled and very proud of her.”

Kabala says, “This was no easy feat. It’s quite an accomplishment for Clare to be the first-place winner.”

Clare says she will most likely major in something science-related.

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