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Kollasch Named MMC Mother Jerome Scholar


Published Date6\3\2014
Mount Marty College student Anna Kollasch, of Whittemore, IA and 2011 Bishop Garrigan High School graduate, was recently selected as the Mother Jerome Schmitt Presidential Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year. The prestigious, full-tuition scholarship is awarded to a senior based on scholastic achievement, participation, and contribution to the academic and civic community, along with faculty recommendations.

As a pre-professional health and biology double major with a chemistry minor, Kollasch is active in a variety of campus organizations. She is currently a member of mixed choir, chamber choir, Smooth Benediction, vocal studio, concert band, pep band, ADMIT, ambassador, campus ministry, Catholic Leadership, and Lancers outdoor track.

According to Sarah Carda, Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, Kollasch is a deserving recipient. "Anna will make a fine Mother Jerome Scholar. She is an all-around student who is serious about her academics but lives a balance with her extra-curricular activities and athletics. Anna carries a deep respect from the faculty, staff and students."

Upon hearing of her selection for the honor, Kollasch said, "Receiving this scholarship is a huge blessing in my life and I am very grateful for it. Mount Marty College was definitely the best choice for me. I know when I leave MMC I will be prepared to impact my community, my church, and my workplace."

According to Assistant Professor of Theology, Dr. Terry Lafferty, "Anna is a holy woman. She often cantors and sings in the choir at campus masses; both on Sunday and at special school masses. She spends time with her prayer partner in the monastery and helps in various volunteer opportunities with Campus Ministry. She is a true leader among her peers and has embraced the Benedictine values and the mission of our college and in particular, exemplifies the virtue of humility."

After Kollasch graduates from Mount Marty College her goal is to continue her studies. "I want to continue on and become a family practice physician in a rural area. I know that no matter what I do, I want to use the values I have learned while at Mount Marty and the talents God has given me to make an impact on my community in whatever capacity I can."

The Mother Jerome Schmitt Presidential Scholarship is presented every year in honor of its namesake, Mother Jerome. She assisted in opening Mount Marty Academy in 1922, where she taught for ten years. In 1932 she was elected Prioress of Sacred Heart Convent and served in that position for 29 years. Under her leadership, Mount Marty Junior College began in 1936. Mother Jerome Schmitt served as Mount Marty College's first president from 1936-1957.

Anna is the daughter of Steve and Deb Kollasch, Whittemore, Iowa.