MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 28, 2020) – Saint Anselm College student Connor O’Brien of Westminster, Mass., has been selected as the Father Bernard Holmes, O.S.B., Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year. The award is presented annually to an incoming senior, and provides a full tuition scholarship for the student’s final year at Saint Anselm College. Bernard Holmes scholars show concern for and work to provide assistance to others, demonstrate leadership potential, and actively participate in the life of the college.

O’Brien, an economics major, minoring in psychology, is deeply involved in the life of the college where his activities range from secretary of club affairs in student government, to student alumni ambassador, to welcoming new students to campus as an orientation leader. In his hometown he is the director of a free summer camp where he deals with many children of different backgrounds, as well as their parents, and oversees a staff that assists him. O’Brien and his parents also volunteer at his church with children’s liturgy classes.

The Father Bernard Holmes Senior Student Award is funded with a scholarship endowment by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davison, long-time supporters of Saint Anselm College.

The award encourages students to emulate and carry into their life’s work the personal qualities of heart and mind demonstrated by Father Bernard. For over 50 years, Father Bernard provided inspiration and counsel to the Saint Anselm College community.


About Saint Anselm College:
Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a highly successful nursing program, a legacy of community service and a commitment to the arts.

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