Two St. Charles Preparatory School graduating seniors, Thomas Phillips and Weston Niermeyer, have been awarded Glenna R. Joyce Scholarships.

Two St. Charles Preparatory School graduating seniors, Thomas Phillips and Weston Niermeyer, have been awarded Glenna R. Joyce Scholarships.

The Joyce Scholarships, established in 1961, cover full tuition, room and board, book allowance, and miscellaneous expenses to Ohio State University or the University of Notre Dame. It is renewable for 12 quarters provided the student maintains at least a 3.2 grade-point average by the end of the recipient's second year and every year after.

Winners of the award are chosen based on their "anticipated superior academic performance, contribution to the university, high character, and financial need."

To be considered for the scholarship a student must reside in one of seven central Ohio counties and generally be expected to hold a minimum 3.5 GPA, score a 30 or higher on the ACT or a 1340 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math).

Phillips, son of Tom (St. Charles Class of 1977) and Maria Phillips of Columbus, has been awarded a Joyce Scholarship to attend Ohio State.

Phillips is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School. He plans to major in public affairs and business and minor in Latin. He is currently a Page with the Ohio House of Representatives, a position he plans to continue as he begins his studies at OSU this fall.

At St. Charles Phillips has participated in a number of activities and service projects. He was a member of the Cardinal's state water polo championship this year. He has been a member of the school's jazz band for four years, sings in the men's chorus and was in a numerous drama productions during his high school career. He maintains a 3.97 GPA.

Phillips is the vice president of the student social justice organization, Cardinals for Life, Dignity and Justice. He has participated in and helped organize a number of student service opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity's "Shack City." This past summer he was a member of St. Charles' first-ever international service team, which journeyed to Guatemala. He served as student representative to the American Legion's Buckeye Boys State, which he said sparked his interest in public affairs.

This year he was selected as a National Hispanic Scholar and is a member of the school's chapter of the National Honor Society.

Niermeyer, son of Kurt and Joan Niermeyer of Columbus, has been awarded the Joyce Scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame.

He is a member of St. Agatha Parish, where he also attended grade school. He plans to major in biochemistry and classics and minor in Latin.

At St. Charles he has participated in a number of activities and service projects. He is a four-year member of the St. Charles tennis team and serves as its captain. This year he has been recognized as an AP Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar. He is the president of the school's chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the nationally-recognized and honored St. Charles Engineering Team. He holds a 4.39 GPA.

Niermeyer has been very involved with the school's campus ministry program during his time at St. Charles, serving as a Eucharistic minister, lector and altar server. Outside of the school he has participated in numerous community and parish activities.

He has been a member of St. Agatha's youth group leadership team, a group leader for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk, taken several trips with St. Charles volunteer groups to Appalachian country in Crank's Creek, Ky., and volunteered as a counselor at the Catholic Youth Summer Camp.