114 merit scholars in class of 2002

The recipients of 114 merit scholarships, awarded on the basis of an outstanding academic record in a challenging curriculum, a variety of extracurricular activities and a record of community service, are among the 877 members of the Class of 2002.

Fairfield welcomes 14 University Fellows (with an average 1375 SAT score and in the top 10 percent class rank); 18 Presidential Scholars (whose SAT average was 1300 SAT and a top 10 percent class rank); and 82 Deans' Scholars (with a 1258 average SAT and outstanding records in academics, leadership or community service).

The following three merit scholars are fine examples of the high-quality students Fairfield is attracting from across the country.

Megan Mary Quinn '02, a University Fellow from Folsom, Calif., decided to come across the country to attend college for several reasons. She had talked with Fairfield alumni in California who said it's great being bi-coastal; her relatives in upstate New York would be easy to visit; she definitely wanted a Jesuit university; and, in her travels, she'd visited the Fairfield campus more than once. "The University is close to New York City, yet the campus is suburban," says Megan. "For some reason I don't feel far from home. Actually, the first time I came to campus I felt like I had come home. Coming from Folsom, where we consider 50 degrees cold, I like the idea of having four seasons. I've never seen the snow fall and can't wait!"

Megan, co-valedictorian of her class at St. Francis High School, is very interested in politics. "I did a summer internship in the California governor's office. Going to meetings with (Gov. Pete Wilson) and seeing how the government functions has made me especially interested in American politics. I'd like to major in politics with an emphasis on pre-law, and then go to law school. I'd like to be a prosecuting attorney."

David Michael Lopez '02, a Presidential Scholar from Staten Island, N.Y., he looked at six schools but "one of my teachers and my principal highly recommended Fairfield over the others because of its intimate environment and small classes. Also, it wasn't too far from home."

David's an undeclared business major. "So far, my favorite courses are accounting and microeconomics - they're fascinating. Eventually, I'd like to get into the entertainment industry - the business and production end - helping decide what kinds of shows to produce."

What prompted David's interest in entertainment was his high school experience in both modeling and dance. In addition, he worked on the yearbook, enjoyed the biology club, was involved with SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), was a teacher's aide in his parish CCD program, and served as a hospital volunteer. "There are a lot of activities available on campus but for now, I have clear priorities: I want to meet new people, stay focused on my studies, and make a successful adjustment to college."

As he reflected recently on the transition to college life, Tim Ryan '02, a Deans' Scholar from Westfield, N.J., said he's shy but looking to "extend" himself. "In looking for a school, I knew I wanted a Jesuit education. My high school, Regis in New York City, is Jesuit and I identify with the mission."

Highly recommended by three different alumni, Tim has served as president of his parish CYO. He comes from a family that has experienced its share of tragedy (the loss of a child and his mother's blindness), yet remains committed to giving, especially through the care of foster children.

Having had his interest in rugby piqued while on a trip to Ireland, Tim is now practicing with the Fairfield team. The University FM radio station, WVOF, has also gained a member. "I want to try sportscasting," says Tim, who ran track, played basketball, and coached 5th and 6th graders while in high school.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 1, 1998

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