Scholarship breakfast offers chance to say ‘thanks’


by Luis Contreras
Eagle Staff

This year, the sixth annual breakfast took place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Cemo Auditorium. Several of the benefactors behind the 115 named scholarships at the school were present, most of whom were alumni, current parents, or relatives of former Eagles.

Two-hundred-fifteen students receive generous donations through financial aid and merit-based scholarship.

Most of them attended to give a hearty thank you.

Food was prepared and served by Alonti Caters.

Each table sat about five students and one or two benefactors.

Andy McStay ‘69 introduced the breakfast by representing the foundation board.

He mentioned both the goals and achievements of the board, giving special recognition to Deana and Vanessa Briceno, who fully endowed a scholarship in honor of Alexander Briceno ‘02.

The scholarship awards one student a full ride to Alabama.

It was an opportunity for students and alumni from all walks of life to get to know each other.

The donors had a chance to get to know the students and received an update on the school.

The breakfast also gave the students an opportunity to say thank you and represent the school as a whole.

Seniors Mason Raven and Luis Contreras both gave speeches thanking the donors. They shared personal anecdotes and future plans and explained why they consider the school the best possible education.

They represented the school with their eloquence and charm, delivering a heart-felt “Thank You” on the school’s behalf.

“Thank you donors from the bottom of my heart,” Raven said. “If it was not for your generous donations, I would not be able to join a brotherhood of men who will remain lifelong friends, no matter our year of graduation.”

Endowment Manager Molly Hittinger was in charge of many of the details such as RSVPs and invitations.

As an integral part of the breakfast’s success, she understood the purpose and importance of the event.

“It really is a room full of people who understand the value of a St. Thomas education,” Hittinger said. “[They understand] what it means to be a part of this community,”

School President, Fr. Kevin Storey, C.S.B., was impressed with the success of the evet.

“The scholarship breakfast made tangible for our students and our donors who the people are that they are helping or that are helping them,” Storey said.

“[It] embodied the spirit of what a Basilian education is all about. [It’s] not about us getting ahead, but about us being of greater service to our neighbor.”

The breakfast was a fun, relaxed affair. Over a delicious breakfast, the students and benefactors shared laughs, stories, and pride in a tradition of excellence that is over 110 years old.