Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner

Help Us Help Our Students

The fifth annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 at Swan Lake Resort. Guests will enjoy a social hour followed by a delicious meal prepared by the exceptional culinary staff at Swan Lake Resort. A variety of silent auction items are available to bid on during the evening, as well as the live scholarship auction which raised over $20,000 last year!

A special part of the program is 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 present the Ancilla Award to the Oliver Ford Family. Jack Oliver and family have been a long standing partner of Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.  The Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented to Jill Neidlinger (AC ’89). Jill not only graduated from Ancilla, but she is a faculty member teaching students in mathematics and education.

Ancilla students will again be on hand to sit with guests and handle a variety of tasks throughout the evening. Two students will also give testimonials of their time at Ancilla and the impact it has made on their lives. Our emcee this year is Charlie Adams and our Honorary Co-Chairs are Pete and Vicki Peuquet of Bremen.

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 2016-17 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. Last year $50,000 was raised to help Ancilla students, and we hope to exceed that this year. Check out our Facebook page ahead of the event to see some of the items available during the silent auction.

Award Winners and Students from the 2017 Changing Lives Dinner

The Ancilla Award

The 2017 Ancilla Award is presented to the Oliver Ford Family at this year’s Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner.

The Oliver Ford Family has been a steadfast and generous supporter of Ancilla College for nearly 25 years. The family owned and operated dealership has been a mainstay in the community since it was established by John Oliver Sr. in 1955. His son, Jack worked his way up through the business and has continued the tradition by working alongside his children, John, Jennifer and Jessica. Through changes in the community, Oliver Ford Lincoln has remained a constant beacon of generosity and support for many organizations in the Plymouth community. Jessica Oliver is on the Board of Trustees for the college, and has in the past helped with this event and others, which fits the Oliver Ford way of being community service oriented. The Oliver Ford Family has supported campaigns past and current, events with attendance and donations, and are willing to answer the call when help is needed.

The Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award

The 2017 The Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to the Jill Neidlinger at this year’s Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner.

Jill Neidlinger is from Culver, Indiana.  She graduated from Culver Community High School in 1987 and attended Ancilla College, graduating in 1989, before completing her degree at Indiana University in 1992.  She joined the Ancilla Alumni Association in 1990. In the fall of 1993, she started “The Tutoring Center” in Culver and a second location in Plymouth in 1996, helping students in a variety of subjects. In 2000, she started teaching part-time at Ancilla College, and after receiving her Master’s Degree in Education from Olivet Nazarene in 2005, she was hired full-time in the Math Department to help with the Developmental Math courses. She remained active in the Ancilla Alumni Association helping with many projects, including the Blueberry Bicycle Cruise from 1995 – 2017, in a variety of roles. She is currently President of the Culver Lions Club, a Mary Kay Consultant, as well as the Faculty Advisor for the Ancilla College Student Government Association.

Student Testimonials

Dustin Kerckhove

Amanda Enyart

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Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner

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