Compass Campaign: Scholarship Endowment
Paul & Debbie Ghiglieri
Former SI Parents, member Loyola Guild (Debbie) & SI Sports Photographer (Paul)
My SI Story
Now that our kids are adults, they see why we did all we did and why it’s important to give back.
All parents want the best for their children. That’s what we were thinking when we drove our older son to SI to take the admissions test. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our children could go to a school like SI, one that inspires leadership, fosters community and builds confidence? And that’s just what our three children took with them after they graduated.
Our eldest is a teacher, our daughter is an art/marriage and family therapist, and our youngest, through his work, donates to non-profits. The values they learned at SI have extended into their adult lives. All of them are driven yet compassionate.
We applied for financial assistance at first, when Debbie worked part time. Then we learned just how generous SI can be, both with the help the school gave us and with the community of people we met, from teachers and staff to fellow parents and students. That’s what we wanted for our children — to be around people who were this good. When both of us began working full time, we stopped applying for aid, but we have never forgotten the generosity SI showed us.
In return, we donated our time to SI when our children were in school. Paul helped by taking pictures at the games, and Debbie volunteered with the Loyola and Ignatian Guilds. Even after our children graduated, we continued taking photos and working with the Loyola Guild, whose sole purpose is to raise money for scholarships for deserving students.
SI helped us become better parents, especially by cementing strong family values in a tradition that goes back centuries and in a place committed to diversity.
It truly takes a village. And for us, SI was a great foundation.