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Pepperell student wins full scholarship for science studies

Pepperell student wins full scholarship for science studies
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GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Rachel Casazza ’12 is one of four Saint Anselm College science students who were selected to receive full scholarships for their final two years of study. Casazza is the daughter of Kerin O’Brien Casazza and Kevin Casazza from Pepperell.

The scholarships are funded by a $349,000 grant to the college from the Clare Booth Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation, which strives to increase the participation of women in the sciences and engineering, and provides academic scholarships in fields in which women are under-represented. The scholarships are given in memory of Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), who was the widow of Henry Luce and a playwright, journalist, ambassador and the country’s first woman member of Congress.

Students were selected for their academic achievement and their demonstrated commitment to a career in the sciences.

Casazza is a biochemistry major who plans on attending medical school after Saint Anselm. She plans on a career in research or teaching. When not in the classroom, Casazza is an EMT for the Saint Anselm Rescue Team.

Saint Anselm College is a four-year, Benedictine, Catholic, liberal arts college. Located in Manchester, N.H., the college enrolls about 2,000 undergraduates.

The college exceeds national averages in hiring and retaining female faculty members in math and science (37.5 percent) and in the percent of female graduates completing math and science majors (53 percent). About one-third of those graduates enroll in graduate school upon completion of their bachelor’s degrees.