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Wortmann Named MMC Mother Jerome Scholar


Published Date5\7\2013
Mount Marty College student Megan Wortmann, Norfolk, NE, was recently selected as the Mother Jerome Schmitt Presidential Scholar for the 2013-2014 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.

Active in a variety of campus organizations, Wortmann is currently a member of the MMC Nursing Club, a member of the jazz and concert bands, involved as a Student Ambassador, an Orientation Team member, and part of ACTS (Acting Compassionately Through Service) and participates in campus Masses as pianist and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

According to Sarah Carda, Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, Wortmann is a deserving recipient. "Megan will make an exceptional Mother Jerome Schmidt Scholar. She is an example to her peers by her faith, commitment to her personal values and her academic success. She is a well-respected student both inside and outside the classroom. Mother Jerome would be proud of who is representing her legacy."

According to Assistant Professor of Nursing Sister Kathy Burt, "Megan's faith helps define who she is and how she treats others. Her faithfulness to Tuesday evening rosary and Mass inspire me. The other aspect of her faith that inspires me is that she calls others to practice their faith. She is not afraid to ask difficult questions. Moreover, she is not afraid to make difficult, sometimes unpopular decisions as a result of her strong convictions. Megan is a quiet leader. She is willing to take on responsibility, but she is not in any way showy about this. She is a person who gently nudges others."

Upon hearing of her selection for the honor, Wortmann said, "Receiving this scholarship is a huge blessing in my life and I am very grateful for it. For all that has been given to me here at Mount Marty, I hope to give back more of my talent to the community in my remaining time here. I am honored to represent Mother Jerome Schmitt and I hope to exemplify what she has done for Mount Marty. As Mother Theresa once said, 'Like Jesus, we belong to the world not living for ourselves but for others.' Upon graduation this is what I will aspire to do by helping others with my nursing education received here at Mount Marty."

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.

Megan is the daughter of Mike and Jackie Wortmann, Norfolk, NE.