By KATIE BORKOWSKI
Three high school seniors from the Diocese of Sioux City have been selected as recipients of the Bishop’s Scholarship to attend Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.
To be considered, students must meet high academic standards, submit a recommendation from their pastor, demonstrate leadership in their community and have a strong Catholic faith.
After reviewing the applications and considering the selection committee’s recommendations, Bishop Walker Nickless offered scholarships to Carli Sibbel from Carroll (Kuemper Catholic High School), Megan Loutsch from Remsen (Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen-Union High School) and Tamas Witt from Sioux City (Bishop Heelan High School).
Sibbel, a senior at Kuemper, is a parishioner at St. Augustine in Halbur. Father Kevin Richter submitted a recommendation for her.
She decided to apply for the Bishop’s Scholarship “after looking at all the requirements and finding that I would be a possible candidate. I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet with new people that had the same beliefs and viewpoints as myself.”
At her church she is a Mass server and lector. She also assists with liturgical music and helps with the parish soup supper and breakfast, service day and church cleaning.
Upon hearing the news she is a recipient of the scholarship, Sibbel was “overwhelmed and very thankful to everyone that kept me in their prayers during the decision process.”
“I was also very grateful to Bishop Nickless for choosing me to receive this scholarship,” said Sibbel. “I would just like to say thank you again for the wonderful opportunity I have been given through this scholarship.”
She plans to major in radiologic technology when she starts as a freshman at Briar Cliff University in the fall.
Loutsch, who is a senior at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen-Union (MMCRU), is a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Remsen. Father Bill McCarthy wrote a recommendation for her.
“I felt it would help me get involved at Briar Cliff University and in the diocese,” Loutsch said. “I knew it would be an honor to not only receive the scholarship, but also get the chance to work with Bishop Nickless.”
She has been involved in her parish by attending Masses and participating in Family Faith Formation.
“Through Family Faith Formation, I’ve babysat for families that are attending classes, taken part in a community-wide can drive and volunteered at the assisted living,” said Loutsch. “Recently, I joined the Holy Name CYO group in Marcus. Through CYO, I have participated in mentoring sessions and volunteered at a boys home in the area.”
She is “very honored and blessed to have been selected to receive this scholarship and I can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes me.”
Loutsch plans on majoring in education at Briar Cliff.
Bishop Heelan High School senior Witt is a parishioner at Mater Dei Parish. Father Daniel Rupp submitted a recommendation for him.
“I had taken a campus tour last summer at Briar Cliff and decided it was one of my top choices,” said Witt. “I wanted to continue my education in a Catholic, faith-based environment and to continue to contribute, through my service, to the local community.”
Witt is an altar server at Mater Dei Parish (Nativity Center) and helps with the Men’s Club fish fries during Lent and the St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon.
“I am also an Eagle Scout and with the assistance of Father (Steve) McLoud, the Nativity Men’s Club and Mater Dei Knights of Columbus was able to complete my Eagle Scout project, which involved a landscaping project at the entrance of the Nativity Center,” he said. “I also am an assistant CCD teacher for first grade and help out with the environment committee which decorates the church throughout the liturgical year.”
Witt felt “very grateful to all of the individuals who have supported me or were involved in the scholarship-award process.”
He plans to major in Management Information Systems (MIS) at Briar Cliff.