The fourth annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner was held Friday, November 11, 2016 at Swan Lake Resort. Guests enjoyed a social hour followed by a delicious meal prepared by the exceptional culinary staff at Swan Lake Resort. A variety of silent auction items were available to bid on during the evening, as well as the live scholarship auction which raised over $20,000 this year!
A special part of the program was the presentation of two of the college’s highest honors: The Ancilla Award and the Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award. This year we are proud to have presented the Ancilla Award to Saint Joseph Health System. Saint Joseph has been a long standing partner of Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Loretta Schmidt was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the staff and administration of the hospital. The Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Dorothy Weber (’62). Dorothy has been a steady and faithful supporter of Ancilla College and was thrilled to attend and accept the award.
Twenty-four Ancilla students were also on hand to sit with guests and handle a variety of tasks throughout the evening. Brittany Taylor, Schertz, TX and Levi Elliott, Walkerton, IN were our student speakers this year.
Funds raised from this event help provide need-based grants and scholarships to worthy students to attend Ancilla College, who otherwise might not be able. During the 2015-16 school year, 90% of our students received financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships or awards. Your support of this event is very much appreciated. This year $50,000 was raised to help Ancilla students.