Ryan Berthiaume of Athol awarded Assumption University scholarship for commitment to service

Published: 9/18/2020 2:59:11 PM
Modified: 9/18/2020 2:58:59 PM

WORCESTER — Assumption University has announced that Ryan Berthiaume of Athol has been awarded a prestigious Light the Way Scholarship, awarded to a select number of first-year students who demonstrate leadership, a commitment to service and a desire to make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world.

Berthiaume, Class of 2024, was recognized for sharing his gifts with his community. An Eagle Scout, Ryan planned a fundraiser that raised more than $2,000 to help his church renovate its prayer garden. He also served as a peer tutor in high school and converted those skills into teaching CCD at his church.

“A unique aspect of an Assumption University education is our commitment to providing a high-caliber, Catholic liberal arts education that forms students who use their knowledge and talents to better the world in which we live,” said University President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “Infused in many classes and co-curricular activities at Assumption are community service opportunities through which students are formed as thoughtful citizens. Students chosen as Light the Way Scholars have demonstrated a desire to serve those in the greatest of need and enact positive change in the world, a quality that will allow them to flourish at Assumption and beyond.”

This year, Assumption awarded 31 Light the Way Scholarships worth up to $27,000 each, renewable for all four years. As part of the scholarship requirements, Light the Way scholars must continue to demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the University’s mission to “Light the Way” for others. Scholars must also take the Perspectives on Global Humanitarian Relief course, which challenges students to think deeply about global migration and the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), one of the largest global relief aid organizations in the world.

Assumption is one of just a few institutions of higher learning nationwide designated as a CRS Global Campus, a partnership that is used to generate awareness of global poverty among students on campus through fundraisers and campaigns throughout the academic year.

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