Sister Jean Cecile Hunt, OP Scholarship
This scholarship was endowed by the Cusick Family in honor of Sister Jean Cecile Hunt, OP ’39, past principal of St. Joseph Academy and Director of Advising at Siena. The Cusick Family first came to know Sr. Jean Cecile when Mary, Julia and Christine Cusick attended St. Joseph’s Academy in the 1960s. In the 1980s, Joseph and Katherine Cusick would follow and their lives were equally enriched by Jean’s direction and friendship while completing undergraduate and graduate studies at Siena.
From principal to advisor, Sister Jean Cecile was an assertive, knowledgeable and insightful woman. In her own, unassuming way, Sister Jean provided guidance without wielding her power or dehumanizing a person. This guidance was not always by means of a directive, but often, by the way she listened, and the way she conversed and what she shared. Sister Jean indirectly shared with others what she had learned from her own life experiences. At an early age, Sister Jean understood life struggles and challenges. Perhaps these early experiences inspired her to be the perceptive and compassionate mentor she was to both students and non-students. Sister Jean was instrumental in guiding others to become stronger and more confident human beings.
Qualified students will maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, read Sister Jean’s autobiography “Book of Life,” and demonstrate financial need.