August 31, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm College selected Kristine Adams '16, an international relations and Spanish double major, politics minor from Alton, N.H., as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., Scholarship.
"Honored" is the word that Kristine Adams uses when describing her feelings about receiving the full tuition scholarship.
The award is granted annually to an incoming senior who demonstrates concern for and assistance to others, potential for leadership, and a love of learning. They must also participate in the life of the college.
"Who would've thought that someone like me- didn't even think she'd be going to college, because of childhood health issues-now going into my senior year and receiving this academic award," says Adams. "It's an honor not just for me, but for my parents."
As an NHIOP Ambassador, Abbey Player, and resident assistant (RA), Adams is an active member of the college community. She's participated in two service trips through Service & Solidarity Missions and sang in the choir for two years. Her role as an RA ensures that she attends most campus activities, from lectures and guest speakers to basketball games and service events.
Adams is also president of Saint Anselm College's TAU Chapter of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society of which she was inducted in February as well as the politics and Spanish honor societies. Last summer Adams studied abroad to Argentina, immersing herself in the country and practicing her now-fluent Spanish. For the last academic year, she interned with New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.
This summer, Adams joined politics professor Erik Cleven as one of two research assistants in Bosnia. Following graduation, she hopes to serve others through a volunteer experience or working for a non-governmental organization.
"The Holmes Award gives me the financial and intellectual freedom to be able to launch my career of helping those less fortunate than I in Latin America," says Adams. "Academics have always been my passion and this award is the most humbling validation of my hard work."
Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the college, and Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., chancellor of the college, presented Adams with a certificate in recognition of her award during the college's opening Mass in the Abbey Church on August 31, 2015.