Compass Campaign: Scholarship Endowment
Former and current SI Parent
My SI Story
I have had four children go through SI. They know quite well that without the generosity of others, their education wouldn’t have been possible.
And they have learned to give back. They are all very different, but their SI education has taught them that there is a bigger world out there, and that life is not all about them.
Thanks to tuition assistance, my children have enjoyed the full high school experience. Water polo opened doors for my daughter, introducing her to new people and leading her to work in student government.
SI also taught them to advocate for themselves — an important lesson in becoming a responsible adult.
They have gone on immersions, competed in the ChemBowl, traveled to D.C. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In and took part in Latin conventions. None of this would have happened without those who have given to the Scholarship and Arrupe Funds.
Their message to those who have given is simply this: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I won’t need to tell my children the importance of paying goodness forward. They know they need to give back, if not financially, then in good deeds. They also know that SI is a better place because of its socio-economic diversity and that this diversity helps students like them develop excellence in thought, experience and action.
My children aren’t the only ones who have been helped. I try to pay it forward by volunteering as much as I can. But most of the time, I feel I receive more than I give.
Volunteering has given me an opportunity to experience SI for myself.
And I have enjoyed every minute that I have spent on campus.
That’s why my message, too, is simply: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.