On April 20, 2010, the College of Mount Saint Vincent hosted its annual Scholarship Tribute Dinner at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City. This year’s Dinner, which raised over $550,000, was record breaking in both funds raised and attendees. At this event, various community leaders, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Cardinal Edward Egan, were present. The gala is a significant annual event for the College and for the community. Money raised provides scholarship funds for students with extraordinary ability and great need, an investment in the future.
This year’s Scholarship Dinner raised over $50,000 more than last year. The Dinner’s success, considering these trying economic times, is a reflection of the College’s strong base of community support and the goodwill inspired by the event’s honorees.
This is the 24th Dinner the College has hosted and the tenth under College President Charles Flynn’s tenure. This year the Dinner honored three individuals for their strength of character, leadership, business acumen, and devotion to making higher education accessible: Thomas J. Moran Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company; Joan M. Squires, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company; and Kathleen M. Tracey, S.C., Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Biology & Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, College of Mount Saint Vincent. Kathleen M. Tracey was also honored at the event with a Proclamation from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Funds raised through the Scholarship Dinner allow the College to give students like speaker Albert Bararwandika ’10 the opportunity to excel beyond their expectations. Albert, who came to the Mount after escaping violence in war-torn Africa, spoke at the Dinner about his gratitude to the College. “Due to the high cost of education, there are numerous minds being lost,” says Albert. “We, at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, realize how lucky we are to have support.” Albert, who is a biochemistry major, has been accepted to various medical schools around the country and will start his studies in the fall.
The continued increase in education costs often makes tuition a determining factor in the college application process. Nearly 95% of the Mount’s incoming freshmen receive some form of financial aid. A large percentage of scholarship funding is raised at our annual Scholarship Tribute Dinner.