The above video, shared at a recent gala honoring Francis X. Dillon '70, includes words of appreciation shared by the Stonehill community.
Having already helped ten students to receive a Stonehill education, the Linda A. and Francis X. Dillon Scholarship is poised to support even more students in the years ahead thanks to a recent gala dinner at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston.
A tribute to former Vice President for Advancement Fran Dillon ’70, the event raised $420,000 for the Dillon scholarship, which was established in 2001 and benefits academically qualified students with financial need.
“Through his steadfast commitment over 44 years of service, Fran oversaw an increase in student scholarships from 36 to 240. That’s a remarkable accomplishment in an area of pressing need. And, it’s fitting that we now have a robust Dillon scholarship that will give the gift of a Stonehill education to succeeding generations of our students,” said Douglas Smith, Vice President for Advancement.
“Supporting our scholarship program is a wonderful way to impact the lives of our talented and hardworking young men and women so they can achieve their dream of attaining a Stonehill degree and, armed with that degree, go forth to create a more just and compassionate world. So thank you for what you have done tonight with your generous support," said Dillon in response.
"Nothing in my career has given me more satisfaction than helping donors create these scholarship opportunities and to watch our grateful student recipients grow, and develop and succeed. And, I am certain, one day, they themselves will give back generously to make a difference in the lives of future generations of Stonehill students," added Dillon.
More than 170 guests -- alumni, trustees, friends and colleagues -- attended the gala at the Kennedy Institute, which educates the public about the important role of the Senate in U.S. government and about participatory democracy. At the center of the Institute is a full-scale replica of the United States Senate Chamber which is where the formal part of the Dillon tribute took place.
“Well read, Fran has a deep appreciation of American history and governance. In choosing this venue to celebrate his service, we knew it would resonate and mean a lot to him. It proved to be a wonderful night and I am grateful to everyone who supported the event so generously and made it possible,” said Smith.