Grace McDonald of Jamison is among the 18 students of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2025 awarded four-year, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships.
Presidential Scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students with outstanding records in high school and notable community involvement. The scholarship covers four years of full tuition provided that the student maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average.
McDonald graduated from Central Bucks High School East. A National Merit scholar and an AP scholar with distinction, she was a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She was president of her school’s Mock Trial Team and the East-Holicong Tutoring Club, as well as a Class Council representative. Outside of school, McDonald played travel soccer for the Vereinigung Erzgebirge Club and was captain of her team. She worked as a nursing assistant at a pulmonary practice. She volunteered at the YMCA and local community events.
A member of the University’s Magis Honors Program in STEM, McDonald is majoring in biochemistry. The Magis Honors Program in STEM, which is one of Scranton’s five programs of excellence, offers talented students a more intense, interdisciplinary experience of research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Prior to the fall semester beginning, the students entering the Magis Honors Program participated in a field project at the Lacawac Sanctuary.
McDonald is the daughter of Thomas and Karen McDonald, who is a 1994 graduate of The University of Scranton.