"It is time for those of us who believe in Carroll College to take personal responsibility for its continued vitality. Those of us who have supported student scholarships in the past must step up now to meet the challenges students of today are facing. What we do now will dictate the college's future and the futures of its students, its alumni and its reputation. I have created an estate gift to the Centennial Campaign with particular emphasis on student scholarships, in sincere hope that you and other Saints will join me in this historic initiative for Carroll's history and for its destiny."
Roy Simperman, class of 1962
Often, scholarships are created and funded by individuals who, themselves, were assisted by scholarships during their own undergraduate years. These generous people believe that their support of scholarships is a way to pay back. These scholarship donors find joy in lending a helping hand to a promising and grateful young person in need. Recent scholarship gifts:
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Dan Shea (class of 1965), an endowed scholarship was established through the generosity of his family and friends, including members of his parish at Our Lady of the Valley in Helena.
Gene (class of 1955) and Peggy McMahon of Helena gave a cash grant scholarship that is being fully matched by Carroll to activate the Gene & Peggy McMahon Endowed Scholarship.
Candace Cain (class of 1982), a twenty-six year veteran of Carroll's administration, saw the opportunity to make a pledge to establish an endowed scholarship that will be fully matched by the College. The Candace Cain Endowed Scholarship for Student Persistence supports students with significant financial need and strong academic promise to achieve their goal of a baccalaureate degree from Carroll College. The goal of this scholarship is to assist Carroll's retention efforts by providing aid to returning students knowing many students enter Carroll with scholarship for their first year only.
Hank and Sharon Lang (class of 1957 and 1960 respectively), who are members of St. Mary's parish in Helena, crafted a unique answer to our students' needs. Hank's lifetime hobby of coin collecting that began in his undergraduate years at Carroll culminated in his decision to sell his treasures and put the proceeds toward a new endowed scholarship at the college to assist Saints students who are parishioners at St. Mary's.
Dr. Jerry (class of 1963) and Cheryl Berberet are responsible for two endowed matched scholarships. Dr. Berberet set up a scholarship in his own name, specifically to offer tuition assistance for history majors. In addition, he and members of his family have also established an endowed scholarship in honor of his parents Bill and Grace.
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph, (class of 1956), and Janet Brakovec of Knoxville, Tennessee crafted the Brakovec Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to offer financial assistance for science and engineering majors with high grades and financial need. This scholarship will be matched. Brakovec's benefits from national legislation that changed the rules for charitable gifts made from individual retirement accounts (IRAs). If you are over age 70 1/2, the Federal government now permits you to rollover amounts from your IRA to charity without claiming any increased income or paying any additional tax. These tax-free rollover gifts could be $1,000, $10,000 or any amount up to $100,000 in one year.
Our list of endowed scholarship supporters is constantly growing. Others who have seen how powerful this style of giving can be include Roy Simperman (class of 1962) and Carroll board of trustees members Karen Fagg (class of 1975), Caroline Boitano and Mark Semmens (class of 1982) jointly with his wife Rosemary (Walsh) Semmens (class of 1983).