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Jasmine Blais '17 Announced as Holmes Scholar

August 30, 2016

Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Jasmine Blais '17 with Dr. DiSalvo, Bro. Isaac and members of her familyJasmine Blais '17 (center) poses for a picture with her family, Saint Anselm president Dr. Steven DiSalvo, and other members of the college leadership.

Saint Anselm College has selected Jasmine Blais '17, an English and Spanish double major from Laconia, N.H., as the Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B. scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This award, which is granted annually, provides the recipient with a full tuition scholarship for senior year. Recipients must demonstrate concern for and assistance to others, potential for leadership, and a love of learning. They must also participate in the life of the college.

Blais fits all of the above criteria, and then some. She works in the Academic Resource Center tutoring Spanish and offering composition assistance; she also uses her writing skills as Culture Editor for The Saint Anselm Crier. Off campus, she has already participated in two Service & Solidarity Missions trips, and is planning to lead an all-women Winter Break Alternative trip in January to Andre House in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also in the Honors Program, and is a member of both the Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic) honor societies.

"When I was chosen, I felt so blessed," says Blais. "It was so incredible to have the support of my family, my friends, and the community here at the college. I also felt so grateful for the professors who have been there for me since I began my time here, namely, Professors Ann Holbrook, Jennifer Thorn, and Jaime Orrego."

Blais is interested in a career in journalism or publishing, but isn't ruling out graduate school or a year of service post-graduation. Meanwhile, she is writing her senior thesis on Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon."

The Holmes Award was established through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davison, in memory of Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., former president of the college.

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