Student Leader Receives Rothschild Award

Catherine Wiersma. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.


Catherine Wiersma of Denver, Colo., who recently completed her freshman year at Palm Beach Atlantic University, is the 2013 recipient of the University’s Rothschild Leadership Award.

The award recognizes an outstanding freshman leader of Palm Beach Atlantic’s Impact Leadership Team (ILT). The scholarship was established by PBA alumnus Philip Rothschild ’85 and his wife, Jennifer Jolley Rothschild ’86, to recognize student leadership potential.

“Impact Leadership Team is one of my favorite groups on campus, and I so look forward to participating next year with my ‘ILT Ohana’ (family),” said Wiersma, who is majoring in biology with a concentration in marine biology and minoring in theatre arts.

In addition to Impact Leadership Team, Wiersma has been involved with Sailfish cheerleading and as a CREW volunteer with open house students. Also, she will serve on the ’Fish Group Leadership team during this fall’s Welcome Week for incoming freshman.

This summer, Wiersma participated in a mission trip to South Asia through PBA Campus Ministries.