The All Saints Annual Fund is the highest priority for the College each year. This is the most versatile support you can provide. The College will use your gift where it will do the most good this year, from classroom equipment to financial aid. No matter how large or small, your donation to the All Saints Annual Fund helps our students by strengthening the St. Scholastica experience.
Population demographics are changing significantly in Minnesota. The number of high school graduates from communities of color is projected to increase by nearly 50 percent over the next decade, with Latino youth accounting for the largest increases. The College of St Scholastica should be an attractive option for these growing numbers of Latino students, particularly in view of our strong Catholic and Benedictine values. In order to encourage more Latino youth to enroll and to assist them on their educational journey, we seek to develop a permanent supportive infrastructure.
Kathleen LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki have spent their careers advancing the profession of Health Information Management through education, professional leadership, research and collaboration. In honor of their retirement and to reflect their pioneering spirits, the College has established the LaTour-Eichenwald Forum on HIM Leadership and Innovation. The keynote address is from an individual who embodies the leadership qualities and innovative approach to HIM that has been demonstrated by these two professionals.
The College will begin a master's degree Physician Assistant program in summer 2016. It will help meet health needs throughout Minnesota, as well as extend the College's influence and reputation in health care. The Physician Assistant program will prepare students in particular for the needs of rural communities. The start-up costs are substantial-about $1 million-and include equipment and space as well as hiring of faculty before enrollment.
Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., like St. Scholastica a Benedictine institution, has created an illuminated, hand-produced Bible. Saint John's is producing 300 Heritage Editions of The Saint John's Bible in seven volumes and offering them to higher education institutions that recognize the educational and research value of these historic editions. The College of St. Scholastica aims to purchase one to honor the Benedictine tradition of spreading culture in pursuit of the sacred, and to enhance our identity as a Catholic institution in the region. We see this as an opportunity to make an investment for our next 100 years.
The College of St. Scholastica is making every effort to remain affordable for our students. However, the economic recession, decreasing support from federal and state government and other financial stresses keep higher education out of reach for many students. Scholarships can make an immediate and real impact on a student's ability to attend St. Scholastica