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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO -- Morgan Anderson, a senior at Saint John’s School in Ashtabula, Ohio, and Matthew Campbell, a senior at St. Edward’s High School in Cleveland, Ohio, are the recipients of the inaugural Ignatian Heritage Scholarships at John Carroll University.

Anderson earned first place in the competition and a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to John Carroll. Campbell earned second place and a four-year room-and-board scholarship. Both plan to join the Class of 2025 in the fall. Four other students received runner-up scholarship awards.

The Ignatian Heritage Scholarship competition focused on John Carroll’s Jesuit mission and values. Applicants were required to submit a video focusing one of six Jesuit core values and the way they impacted the student’s experience. There were 179 individual submissions for the inaugural competition. 

“We were truly inspired by the submissions we received for our inaugural Ignatian Heritage,” said Dr. Michael D. Johnson, president of John Carroll University. “At John Carroll University, our students live the Jesuit mission in so many ways, from finding God in all things, to caring for the whole person, to promoting a faith that does justice. It is clear that Morgan and Matthew are prepared to make a positive impact on the world and we are so pleased to support them in their journeys.” 

Anderson is a standout student at Saint John’s where she is the president of the Student Body, Key Club, and Young Philanthropy Board, and a member of the volleyball and swim teams. She was also admitted to John Carroll’s Leadership Scholars Program, a group of student leaders who seek to become agents for meaningful change in their future professions and communities. Her major is undeclared.

“It truly does mean the world to me,” said Anderson, who was surprised with the news over Zoom by President Johnson. “The thought of being able to study and find something that I'm really passionate about without having to worry about being in student debt is the most rewarding thing, and it honestly feels good knowing that all of my hard work has paid off. My biggest takeaway, for sure, is that character will get you further in life than any statistic ever will.”

Morgan Anderson, recipient of the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship.

Morgan Anderson, recipient of the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship.

Matthew Campbell, recipient of the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship.

Matthew Campbell, recipient of the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship.

Campbell excels at St. Edward High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he is a member of the National Honor Society, Diversity Club, and baseball team. He plans to major in Finance through the Boler College of Business.

“This puts me one step closer to realizing my goal of attending college,” said Campbell. “It also makes it more affordable for my parents to send me to college.”

Winners of the Tetlak Diocesan Scholarship and John J. Matthews Scholarships, both of which support those dedicated to Catholic education, include:


Tetlak Diocesan Scholarship

Sofia Zunt, Walsh Jesuit High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

John J. Matthews Scholarship

Gabrielle Kaderli, Nardin Academy, Buffalo, NY

Aidan Dugan, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Buffalo, NY

Michael Badke, Brother Rice High School, Chicago, IL


The Ignatian Heritage Scholarship criteria focused on six Jesuit core values and the way they impacted the student’s experience:


  1. Finding God in all Things inspires students to look for God—and for goodness, truth, beauty, and justice—in all their studies, activities, relationships, and in all of creation. Because JCU welcomes people of all faiths and worldviews, this is meant to be an inclusive, imaginative search that is open to all.
  2. Choosing the Greater Good (the Magis) inspires students to discern which of many good choices brings about the greater, more everlasting good in a particular situation. In choosing this way, we become ethical leaders, give greater glory to God, and make the world a better place.  
  3. Caring for the Whole Person (cura personalis) inspires students to integrate their head, heart, intellect and feelings as they learn in and outside the classroom.
  4. Being People For and With Others inspires students to stand with those who are poor and marginalized in a spirit of generosity and service, working together to advocate for justice and build community.
  5. Caring for the Earth, our Common Home inspires students to recognize the sacredness and interconnectedness of all creation and to realize our shared responsibility to care for the earth, promote sustainability, and reverse climate change.  
  6. Promoting Faith that Does Justice inspires students to explore the necessary link between faith and action that advances the work of justice through study, reflection, prayer, and advocacy.


First-year students applying for admission for fall 2021 from Catholic, Jesuit, and/or Cristo Rey High Schools were eligible to apply for the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship. Winners were selected based on a combination of scores from their video submission as well as the results of their interview with the scholarship committee. 

More information regarding the total cost of attendance can be found here.