Living the Mission-Scholarship Luncheon 2018

Living the Mission-Scholarship Luncheon 2018


(light guitar music) – University of Portland
was the first college I visited in my life. I just completely fell
in love with the campus, and knowing that it was a Catholic school really hit home for me. – And it was kind of a time where I was really discerning what
the heck I wanna do. – I think the reason why I chose UP was because it’s a Catholic university, and that was really important to me. – I was just very happy
and overwhelmed because what a blessing to receive a scholarship that helps me with my education, with my goals and my future. That’s just amazing. I don’t have anyone to lean back on. Although at home I do get
full support and motivation and all the love that I need, I do lack that support of knowledge. This is actually a new program that we just launched this spring, which I’m really excited about. That sense of community, knowing that other people
are the same as you or are facing the same obstacles brings out a sense of relief because you know that
you’re not the only one. And so helping these incoming freshmen that are also first
generation really brings me to put myself in their shoes and say, “I struggle. I’ve been there. “Please let me help you because
I don’t want anybody else “to go through what I did. “I’m here for you.” I think University of
Portland has really helped me and prepared me for my future, and the community sense is so powerful. The values that it carries with my faith has just really shaped the
person that I am as of now. And I know that, since I’m a sophomore, it will definitely continue
to help me find my identity. I’m very excited for this journey, and I’m very grateful
to just be sitting here at my dream school. (bright music) – This Faith Based Leadership Program gives a wonderful example
of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of Holy Cross, in his vision of an education of the
hearts and the mind. That is, we give the best of educations. We train engineers how to
be the best of engineers, but then there’s a
fullness of that formation that helps them think about
how they’re going to use those skills and those gifts
for the good of the world. – Engineers are the people
who solve the problems you didn’t know you had,
and there’s something really selfless about that. My engineering education
has given me the work ethic, the thought process, the
means to make something happen that I can pair well with my
intent to do good in the world. So University FOR
Portland is an initiative to connect students with
social justice issues happening in our back
yard in North Portland. And so we created this initiative where groups of students
will immerse themselves in the community of people
experiencing houselessness to kinda understand what
they’re going through, reflect on how it, what
it brings up in themselves and then also work with that
community to try to ideate and go through these innovative processes for support strategies. – One of the neat things about Jack’s participation in the
Faith Based Leadership Program is that a little bit of learning
has led to more learning has led to more learning. His work in the classroom
prepared him well for the internship, which
helped to open up for him that there are people out
there that are helping him do the studies that he’s doing, which then got him thinking about how do I help other people and what are their needs. – We’ve gone through a
couple emersions already and we’re just offering a
bunch of service opportunities so students can think critically of what are the needs, how can
we help a community flourish. It’s kind of a waterfall. You want to give because you see that you have been given so much. You kinda have to invest some time, a little bit of effort, to see
how blessed you are yourself to share that blessing to others. (light music) – A lot of it had to do with the elementary school that I went to. My teachers were just really awesome. They really inspired me to
go out of my comfort zone. I want to be able to do
the same for other students who might be in a similar situation. All music majors are required
to take a conducting class. It’s been a really good experience to kinda be able to be
up in front of my peers and kind of see them grow
and create beautiful music. And they’re really supportive. Even though I’m nervous,
I always feel really good. I think UP and being
part of this community has helped me prepare for
my future in so many ways, I feel like, to make a
difference in the world, you need that passion in you
to be able to influence others, and so I think that’s the
biggest thing I’ve learned is just taking that step back and reflecting on who
I am and what I value. – My beloved wife, Ann, and
my beloved daughter, Margaret, those were two scholarships
that the family decided we wanted to promote. And we have done everything in my power to make them viable for the young people, like Lupita here and others. – [Lupita] I think
scholarships are important especially here in that
they are often connected to people from our community. Those scholarships have
kind of been my motivation to keep working and
really find those things that I’m passionate about. And being able to meet
the scholarship donors, that’s also really awesome. That opportunity has been
the most eye-opening to me, being like, “You know? I can
be this person in the future.” (light orchestral music) – I enjoy seeing these young people because they show me a
good part of the future. And a good many of them,
in fact all of them, are hard working and
they apply themselves. – To the people that give
scholarships to students, I just really would like
to say how thankful I am. Because of them, I’m here, and I know that I can have
an impact on other people. – Yeah, those scholarships
really have made a difference with my family and myself. – [Jack] There are these people out there who are spending millions of dollars so I can have an opportunity
to use these resources and advance my career or my path. Well, what am I doing? – Go out there and make
sure that people know that you are from the
University of Portland because you will always
have the imprimatur of the University of Portland on you. (light music)

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