Seton Hill University surprised BreAnne DeMarco with a full scholarship for four years through the University’s Division of Natural and Health Sciences on Tuesday, April 7. DeMarco, daughter of John and Patrice DeMarco, is a senior at Elizabeth Forward High School. BreAnne plans to major in biochemistry at Seton Hill.

In 2007, Seton Hill University created four full-tuition scholarships and awarded them to outstanding scholars who were incoming freshmen in the traditional undergraduate program at Seton Hill. For the 2009-2010 academic year, Seton Hill will award eight full-tuition scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for four years of study at Seton Hill and are valued at more than $100,000 each; students recognized are known as Seton Scholars. Two scholarships will be awarded annually in each of the following academic divisions based on the student’s selected major field of study: Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts, Natural and Health Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Students selected as a Seton Scholar in Seton Hill’s Division of Natural and Health Sciences must meet the following criteria: 1350 or higher combined SAT score, high school grade point average of 3.7 or higher, honors or Advanced Placement coursework pertinent to the major, demonstration of leadership or community service, a letter of recommendation that addresses the student’s ability to excel in the field of study, and an essay written by the student describing her/his decision to major in the field chosen. Majors in this division include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, dietetics, forensic science, mathematics, and medical technology.