Kaufman Chosen Holmes Scholar

Jessica Kaufman ’18, an economics major and international relations minor from Portsmouth, R.I., has been selected as the Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Jessica Kaufman ’18 with Dr. DiSalvoGranted annually to an incoming senior, this award provides full-tuition scholarship for a student’s final year on the Hilltop. Holmes scholars must demonstrate concern for and assistance to others, potential for leadership, and a love of learning, while participating in the life of the college.

“When Dr. DiSalvo told me that I was the Fr. Bernard Holmes scholar, I felt so humbled and truly honored that I was selected,” says Kaufman. “It truly does ‘take a village,’ and my ability to be selected for this award is because of the community around me at Saint Anselm. I cannot express enough gratitude for all of the people who have helped me academically, inspired me to serve others, and opened my eyes to new experiences.”

With her strong work ethic and compassion, Kaufman has taken these new experiences to the next level. She’s a member of the women’s soccer team, and serves as the president of the college’s Honors Program, organizing lectures and other intellectually stimulating events for over 350 honors students. Kaufman is also a member of the Tau chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Catholic Scholastic Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma (athletic), Pi Gamma Mu (social science), and Alpha Lambda Delta (first-year students) honor societies.

Off campus, Kaufman has assisted Manchester youth in developing environmental initiatives for their schools through the Meelia Center’s Public Achievement group. Through Campus Ministry’s Service & Solidarity Missions program, she has served the homeless population of Saint Francis Inn in Philadelphia, Penn. Studying in Cuzco, Peru, she worked with at-risk girls at the San Judas Chico Organization.

This year Kaufman will be completing her senior honors thesis in economics and hopes it can be useful to a social cause or community-based organization. The Holmes Award was established through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davison, in memory of Fr. Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., former president of the college.