St. Paul

SAT added to free tests for students

The St. Paul School District has added the SAT to the list of standardized tests that students can take for free in order to get ready for college.

The district already offers the PSAT, ACT and PLAN exams free to students. According to a district news release, the district "wants all students to graduate from high school and be ready to make the next move in their educations." Students are given the PSAT and PLAN, which is a "pre-ACT," in school. The district will pay for students to take the SAT and ACT once.



St. Thomas senior earns big scholarship

Thomas C. Mealey, a senior at St. Thomas Academy, has received a $20,000 award from the Samsung-American Legion Scholarship.

The competitive award is based on academic record, involvement in school and community activities and financial need, according to a release from St. Thomas Academy. Eligibility for the scholarship also requires students to be direct descendants of U.S. wartime veterans.

Samsung Group, a Korea-based global electronics company, has endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by the American Legion for the purpose of showing appreciation to U.S. veterans who fought in the Korean war.

Mealey became eligible for the Samsung-American Legion Scholarship by serving as a delegate to Minnesota Boys State in June. His grandfather, Bill Mealey of Two Harbors, served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.