Silver Lake College of the Holy Family launched the Gift of Dreams Campaign on December 10, 2018 as a three-week initiative to raise $250,000, which would allow 50 students to continue their education at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. The College surpassed its campaign goal, raising $259,040.
At the end of the Fall 2018 semester, more than 50 students were in jeopardy of not being able to return for the Spring 2019 semester due to financial challenges. Dr. Robert B. Callahan, president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family appealed to the college community. He was grateful to those who joined him and the College in supporting this campaign.
“Thank you to everyone who supported us in surpassing our goal of $250,000! Through the generous support of the Lakeshore communities, our valued donors, community partners, faculty and staff, these students will continue on their path to earning a college degree,” said Dr. Callahan. “By making their dreams possible through generous donations, we will continue our mission of encouraging students to become servant leaders. We are grateful for the generosity and assistance in making the Gift of Dreams Campaign a great success!”
Students were contacted in January to inform them that their tuition debt would be decreased to the level at which they could enroll for the spring semester. “Because we surpassed our fundraising goal, we were able to help more than 50 students,” said Tracy Milkowski, vice president for advancement and external relations. “This was not a handout, but a second chance for our students. Many of them worked on campus during Christmas break to further reduce their tuition debt.”
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity continue to ensure a large part of the College’s mission be dedicated to empowering and educating students in an environment grounded in the Franciscan Values.