History of Scholarships at Franciscan Silver Lake College Continued

Franciscan Sister Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares the history behind a scholarship at  Silver Lake College of the Holy Family at a recent Scholarship Awards Program, Manitowoc, WI.

Click here for the beginning of her talk.

In 1885 the Sisters established Holy Family Academy and Normal School at Holy Family Convent. The schools were founded to prepare the Sisters for teaching in parochial schools. The Normal School, now Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, was established in 1935 as a 4-year liberal arts college. Previous to this, two schools of nursing were established, one in Zanesville, Ohio in 1905 and the other in Manitowoc in 1920. Between 1936 and 1941 the Congregation began missionary work among the poor in the southwestern part of the United States. Several schools were opened on the Pima and the Tohono O’odom Reservations in Arizona. We continue to serve in various apostolates in Arizona as well as in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Arizona, Hawaii, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

In 1960 the present College site was newly built. Initially the doors were open to educating the Sisters and lay women for ministry in nursing and in teaching. Eventually the College responded to the broader community and became co-ed.

Up to this time, in the history of the College, the Administration, faculty and staff were primarily Sisters, a Chaplain with a few lay men and women.

This sketchy background leads us up to the scholarships. People over the years have been extremely grateful for the Sisters who impacted their lives in positive ways. The scholarships have been donated by friends and relatives of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. They want to show gratitude for blessings they received and to make an investment in the future. An education is a valued gift. The donors want to ensure that the legacy of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity continues through Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.

Behind every scholarship are or were real hard working people who believe in helping someone get a quality education. A scholarship is not an entitlement.   Each person who receives a scholarship is called to an accountability to use to the best of their ability, the educational opportunities that they ordinarily would not have had. As a sign of your gratitude you are challenged to pay it forward in the years to come when you are able to help someone else achieve their dream of receiving an education and attaining their goals.

Thank you for being here and remember that God is always with you.

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