Patricia Chvatal '72

Portrait of Patricia Chvatal '72
Patricia Chvatal, 1972

Patricia Chvatal '72

"I arrived at Carroll as a farmer’s daughter from Washington State with mediocre grades.  I was undecided what I wanted to pursue, but I knew I wanted to be a long way from home.  (Walla Walla to Helena seemed a long way to me in 1968!)  During my four years at Carroll, I became inspired as to how to live a fulfilling life.  Inspiration came from my fellow students, professors, janitors, and kitchen staff all of whom were filled with faith, generosity, service to others, and professionalism.  I was filled with a sense of being home while I was attending Carroll.  Professors raised questions that I could not ignore.  Catholicism was weaved into the various intellectual pursuits I was engaged in at the time.  Some of my greatest memories occurred over meals or late night study sessions.  Listening or exchanging ideas were constant. Carroll has given me far more than I will ever be able to return.  My family scholarship is only a small gesture of gratitude that I extend to Carroll in appreciation for all that I have received in faith, leadership, and academics."

Patricia J. Chvatal Family Endowment