Emma St. John, a senior at Bishop Kenny High School, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation. The Jefferson Foundation, at the University of Virginia, selected Emma as one of 38 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship.
In order to be named a Jefferson Scholar candidates undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, over 2,000 students were nominated for the Scholarship, and 118 finalists were invited to take part in a four-day competition at U. Va., which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as interviews conducted by University of Virginia. alumni and faculty.
Emma has had a stellar career at Bishop Kenny and was named a National Merit Finalist in February. She was a member of the girls’ varsity golf team, served as a BK Student Ambassador, and was actively involved in the Zip and Interact Clubs. She was also the Interact Club sponsor for BK and co-chaired the 2019 Dance Marathon with The Episcopal School of Jacksonville raising over $51,000.
In addition to receiving the full cost of attending the University for four years, Jefferson scholars benefit from a number of enrichment programs sponsored by the Foundation including; travel abroad, career networking activities, and an outdoor challenge program, and a leadership speaker series. Emma would like to utilize these skills to help her reach her ultimate goal of earning a law degree and eventually becoming an FBI field agent.