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Northeast seniors win full-ride scholarship to Newman University

Northeast seniors win full-ride scholarship to Newman University 

Northeast Magnet seniors Evan Saga and Michelle Tong win Newman University full-ride scholarship Michelle Tong and Evan Saga of Northeast Magnet High School were two of five high school seniors recently awarded the Cardinal Newman Scholarship, Newman University’s highest and most prestigious scholarship that covers all four years of the student’s tuition. 

Recipients of the Cardinal Newman Scholarship must have at least a 3.9 cumulative high school GPA and a 29 composite ACT score. Award candidates complete an online application and essay before the final step in the process, an on-campus interview. A total of 23 candidates were invited to campus to interview with a selection committee for the award. Northeast Magnet was the only high school with multiple students awarded. 

Tong is active in National Honor Society and student council, secretary of her class and takes part in International Thespian Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Asian Culture Club. She spends time at Via Christi Hospital volunteering and has been lending a helping hand in the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement for nine years. Tong plans to major in Newman’s nursing program. She was inspired to be a nurse by her namesake, who helped her mother while she was in the hospital with Tong as a premature newborn. 

Saga volunteers at school as well as at Via Christi Hospital. He also holds leadership positions in the National Honor Society and Asian Club.  He plans to major in Newman’s pre-medicine program with the goal of advocating for equal healthcare for every individual. 

The scholarship, named for Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, is renewable for four years and is the most exclusive scholarship the university awards.