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By Chad Kebrdle

DONALDSON – Ancilla College announces “Ancilla Alternative Achievement Award” Winners.

In honor of recognizing the achievement of the area’s alternative education students, Ancilla College is awarding their “Ancilla Alternative Achievement Award” to two students from the Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship who persevered to overcome hardship with extraordinary effort. Both students will begin classes in the fall.

Amos Howard of Goshen and Joshua Geldner of South Bend have dedicated themselves academically and have been accepted into Ancilla College. Geldner plans on pursuing a degree in business while Howard is debating between Nursing or Criminal Justice.  Ancilla College will invest a full-tuition scholarship valued at just over $14,000 and another scholarship valued at $10,000 for the young men to use towards earning their degrees. For many alternative education students, receiving a scholarship of this nature would seem unlikely and sometimes even impossible. Ancilla College sees things differently.

“A good student from a healthy background would surely be able to be successful academically,” said Ken Zirkle, Ancilla College president. “At Ancilla College we have a faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds achieve their goals.” Award winner, Howard, believes, “A college education means a lot more than having a piece of paper or a mark on my resume. It means I have opportunities that I wouldn’t have before.” Geldner shares the same sentiment about his future, “I have made many mistakes and have many regrets, but this opportunity is a once in a lifetime, and it is one I do not know how to get any other way. I am more than determined to make the most of it.”

The Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship exists to empower struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job-training and faith-based character education.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 25 associate degrees, eight one-year certificates and has 20 athletic teams. Since 1937, the college has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.


Photo Info:  JT Hooks, Regional Administrator and Eric Hooley, Student Services Coordinator, both from the Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Joshua Geldner, Crossing Student, Sarah Lawrence(Assistant Director of Admissions), Marcy Hopple(Director of Financial Aid), Amos Howard, Crossing Student, Todd Zeltwanger(Vice-President of Development) and Albert Escanilla(Campus Minister).


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

Mail: P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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