Each year Viterbo University awards, in the name of Celestine Cepress, FSPA, one or more one-time $1,000 minimum scholarship(s) to freshmen or transfer students who are a legal child of a Viterbo University alumna/us. This award is granted through the Viterbo Alumni Association Board.
- Eligibility is open to new full-time students (freshmen and transfer) who are children of Viterbo University alumni.
- Applicants must exhibit academic merit through a combination of ACT/SAT score and a 3.0 (or equivalent) minimum high school or college GPA.
- A one-page essay must be submitted which will be judged for overall content and presentation. The essay should address why the applicant should be selected to receive the scholarship, a description of the applicant’s personal and career goals, and how a Viterbo University education will help them achieve those goals.
- Meet deadline requirements.
To apply for the Sr. Celestine Alumni Children’s Scholarship please go to freshman cost and aid. On this page all scholarships are listed that are awarded from our scholarship application, as well as deadlines. The actual application is available in October. At that time, admissions will communicate with students to let them know about the scholarship and that the application is open for submission and also let you know the deadlines for application.
About Sr. Celestine Cepress
Celestine Cepress, FSPA, passed in 2007 at the age of 102 and earned degrees in Latin, English, and history and taught at Viterbo University for 35 years. She served as chair of the English department, the language and literature department, and was the founder of the Lumen student newspaper and Touchstone literary and art magazine. She was named Viterbo Teacher of the Year in 1980.
Sr. Cepress is remembered as a beloved member of the faculty who instilled in her many students the love of literature and poetry. She genuinely loved life, and she had a profound effect on countless students, many of whom remembered her with one of the 700–800 birthday cards she would receive each year.
“Some teachers change minds and some teachers change hearts,” said Tom Thibodeau, a member of the religious studies faculty. “Sr. Celestine changed souls.”