Our students arrive from all over the United States, but Benedictine College applicants from our home state of Kansas have friends in Don ‘57 and Roselyn Schmidt. The pair has established a scholarship to enable athletes from Kansas to attend the college. We are incredibly grateful and their efforts are helping Benedictine College become one of America’s great Catholic colleges.
Don’s exceptional skill on the gridiron 60 years ago earned him a place in the Raven Athletic Hall of Fame, and he has always remembered what a difference team sports made to his life and education. The camaraderie, challenge and competition so essential to the Raven spirit made his college experience unforgettable.
“I am eternally thankful for the opportunity I had to attend Benedictine College,” said Don. “I believe all young adults need to develop their God-given abilities, and I’m assured Benedictine College will always be a wonderful place for that to happen.” Don and Roselyn are among a growing and important group of Benedictine alumni and friends who are doing their best to ensure America’s future leaders are being educated here at Benedictine.
It’s so humbling to see people like the Schmidts give future generations the opportunity to experience everything Benedictine has to offer. Don graduated from St. Benedict’s College in 1957, so the Donald E. and Roselyn Schmidt Scholarship to Benedictine College especially honors Don’s classmates by giving first preference to applicants who are related to members of the SBC and MSSC classes of 1957. Those who are graduates of Thomas More Prep-Marian School in Hays, Kansas, or from Ellis County, Kansas, will also have a better chance of receiving a scholarship.
It’s easy to see God’s hand in the generosity of Benedictine graduates. As the college works to ensure academic excellence through valuable scholarships, expanded facilities and greater opportunities, we invite everyone connected with Benedictine to get involved – in whatever way they can.