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Freshman Wins Prestigious St. Andrew's Society Scholarship

Mackenzie Jaros is the second West Chester University student to receive the prestigious Foundation of St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia scholarship.

She was chosen from a sea of applicants as one of only four winners of the Mutch Scholarship to attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for the 2016-17 academic year. Jaros (Kennett Square) is a freshman education major, with a focus on English.

The scholarship award is designed to cover a full year of study with an estimated value of $22,000. Each candidate must be enrolled at a select college within 75 miles of Philadelphia and be in the top 25% of their class. Thirty schools in the Philadelphia area were asked to recommend a nominee, who was then required to write an essay and complete an extensive interview process, which included speaking at a St. Andrew's Society Luncheon at Philadelphia's Union League.

"I am honored that the St. Andrew's Society is giving me the chance to live my dream of studying at Scotland's first University!" Jaros said. "I feel I owe much of this achievement to professors like Dr. [Eleanor] Shevlin in WCU's English Department, as well as Lauren Deacon, who were kind enough to write such thoughtful letters of recommendation for me." Deacon is the WCU Foundation's assistant director of development, scholarships.

Richard Przywara, executive director of the WCU Foundation, noted that this opportunity aligns with the "Foundation's mission to facilitate life-changing opportunities for our students and … help broaden [their] international horizons."

The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia is believed to be the oldest charitable membership organization in continuous existence in North America. It was organized in 1747 by 25 prominent Pennsylvanians of Scottish ancestry to assist the large numbers of destitute Scots arriving in Philadelphia at that time.