The Student Government Association recently launched the Father Placidus Book Award, a scholarship in honor of former President of Saint Anselm College, Father Placidus. The application states, “Throughout his years at Saint Anselm College, Father Placidus Riley, O.S.B., actively participated in and gave back to the campus community. Some of his duties included teaching as a professor of philosophy and theology, and serving as both dean and president of the college. His on-campus presence was the true embodiment of what it means to be Anselmian. The Student Government Association would like to recognize students who remain active members of the Hilltop and act as a continuing presence in our community in honor of Father Placidus.”
The committee that is putting the scholarship together, led by the Student Government Association’s Deputy Secretary of Finance Maura Crump, is looking to fundraise through raffles and is considering creating Saint Anselm College apparel. The scholarship will be available to a number of students from the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be in good standing with the Dean of Students and must be an active member of at least one activity on campus. The application will consist of two essay questions that the applicant must answer in 250 words or less. The two questions are, “What are your future goals and aspirations?” and “What do you add/how do you give back to the Saint Anselm College community?”. The application must be turned in and emailed to SGAPR@anselm.edu by April 5th, 2021.