When Katie Taylor, a senior biology major, graduates from the Mount in May, she won’t owe a dime, thanks to the University’s generous donors.
“That means a lot more to me now that I’m close to graduating,” said Taylor. “I wanted to make sure I kept my undergraduate costs low because I knew in high school I wanted to go to veterinary school.”
Taylor is the oldest of five girls in her family and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio. She had heard good things about the Mount so she toured the campus and met with Dr. Gene Kritsky, a biology professor.
“He made me sit in the front row of his evolution class he was teaching and kept asking me to answer questions,” she said. “My face was red, but he was so nice talking about the biology program at the Mount and really sold me on it. The professors are so passionate about what they teach and they all take such an interest in who I am. They genuinely want me to succeed.”
Taylor qualified to receive the Elizabeth Seton Scholarship, the highest merit-based university scholarship funded by Mount donors, and the Schmidlapp Scholarship, a scholarship for female students who plan to major in biology, chemistry or math. In addition to applying for outside scholarships, Taylor had hoped her scholarships would mean a smaller contribution amount that she and her parents would have to make.
“I’m the oldest, so my parents were able to pay for my younger sisters’ education since I received such great scholarships,” she said. “They can now go to college and I can be a veterinarian.”
Taylor has made the most of her four years at the Mount. She has been involved in several campus clubs, been a part of service learning opportunities and is the vice president of the Campus Activities Board (CAB). She has a 4.0 GPA and has applied to several top veterinary schools including the Ohio State University, the University of Tennessee and Cornell University. She is currently working in research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in addition to taking a full course load.
“I have been very blessed to receive the scholarships and I won’t have to take year off to work to pay for veterinary school,” she said. “I want to do so much with my life. Knowing that people, who didn’t even know me, supported my education and the work that I do, means so much to me.”
Taylor spoke at the Mount Jubilee in previous years and she said she was grateful for that opportunity so she could thank donors.
“I wish I could say, ‘Thank you,’ to everyone who donates to the scholarship fund,” she said. “It has meant the world to my family and me.”
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