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$80,000 Marie Curie Scholarship awarded to Papillion-La Vista High School Student

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019

OMAHA, NEB. – College of Saint Mary (CSM) has selected Xuan Ha Le, of La Vista, Neb., as a Marie Curie Scholar, starting in the fall. CSM presented Le with a surprise scholarship check for $80,000 at Papillion-La Vista High School on Wednesday, April 10. She receives the scholarship after standing out in academic talent and showing outstanding leadership service.

“Ha Le is an incredibly talented individual,” said Sarah Swanigan, the College Possible senior coach at Papillion-La Vista High School. “[She] is inspired to take advantage of every opportunity given to her, academic and otherwise. Ha Le also takes the time to give back to the community that has given her so much. Her passion for community engagement and overall excellence will stay with her throughout her time in college and beyond.”

College of Saint Mary’s prestigious Marie Curie Scholars Program, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, provides significant financial support and resources to outstanding young women pursuing study in STEM majors, such as biology, chemistry, or math.

Marie Curie Scholars receive up to $20,000 annually for four years in gift aid. In addition to having access to substantial financial resources and facilities, participants also receive free tutoring, have opportunities for undergraduate research, and have access to top programs like the National Institute of Health and NASA research fellowships. Marie Curie Scholars at CSM also often attend and present at national conferences.

Le earns the scholarship after achieving several honors at Papillion-La Vista High School. Some of Le’s academic and extracurricular accomplishments include:

  • Honor roll (2015-19)
  • Papillion-La Vista Academic Excellence Award (2017)
  • College Possible Leadership Conference participant (2018)
  • National Honors Society member (2018)

At CSM, she plans to major in chemistry, starting in the fall of 2019.  Located in Omaha, in the heart of Aksarben Village, College of Saint Mary uses initiatives like the Marie Curie Scholar Program to provide women from all backgrounds with access to an affordable, excellent college experience, career-driven coursework, and lifelong leadership skills. She is one of five recipients of this year’s Marie Curie Scholarship.