Franciscan sisters donate $100,000 to Viterbo for BGC program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have donated $100,000 to Viterbo University for the Amie L. Mathy Center Boys & Girls Club Pathway to a bachelor’s degree program.

The program offers Viterbo University scholarships, college mentorships and two free Viterbo summer college courses to students to help make a college education more accessible.

“Our foundresses understood the power education has to change lives, and we continue to minister both inside and outside traditional classrooms,” said FSPA President Sister Eileen McKenzie. “We’re also connected to this program as one of our partners in mission on staff, Danessa Brocks, was the 2020 recipient of a full-tuition scholarship at Viterbo University. We listened when Danessa accepted this honor and stated, ‘College was the last thing on my mind because I thought I could never accomplish it, but the staff at the club pushed me to see my value and abilities.’ The possibilities of this program are endless.”

Viterbo offers three four-year, full-tuition scholarships as part of the program, one for the Boys & Girls Clubs Greater La Crosse Member of the Year and two for members of the Amie L. Mathy Center Boys & Girls Club located on the Viterbo campus. The FSPA gift will be used to support these scholarship funds.

“We are incredibly grateful to the FSPA and to everyone who supports this important program,” said Jim Salmo, Viterbo University vice president of advancement. “We know it will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our local future leaders.”