The awards are made possible through revenue generated from alumni and friends purchasing Xavier license plates as part of the State of Ohio Collegiate License Plate Program. Each time a license plate is purchased, $25 is earmarked for the alumni legacy scholarships. The recipients are Monica Laco of Lakewood, Ohio, and Nora Tighe of Toledo, Ohio.
“We are pleased and excited to provide these legacy scholarship opportunities to two incoming students,” says Joe Ventura, executive director for the national alumni association. “It is also an exciting way for the national alumni association to continue to engage alumni and students.”
Laco’s father, Anthony, and brother, Joseph, attended Xavier. Laco graduated from St. Joseph Academy where she was active in numerous clubs and organizations, including math club, drama club, SJA newspaper and campus ministry. She was also a math and Latin tutor, led freshmen retreats and worked as a candy striper at Fairview Hospital.
Both of Tighe’s parents, Barbara and Timothy, as well as older sister, Becky, attended Xavier. Tighe is a graduate of St. Ursula Academy where she participated in drama club, knitting club, school newspaper and 4H. She has also worked at vacation Bible school, at a soup kitchen and helped at a dance studio.
The scholarship selection committee considered an applicant’s high school grade point average, leadership and service activities, and the impact Xavier’s heritage and tradition has had on their family’s association with the University.