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Mount Raises More Than Half a Million Dollars


Annual Gala Celebrates Student Success, Honors Industry Leaders

Mount Saint Vincent has done it again.

The College hosted its Scholarship Tribute Dinner at Cipriani 25 Broadway on May 1—and in doing so, Mount supporters helped create a brighter future, providing the best academic opportunities available for all students, regardless of economic background.

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Mary Griffith and Raul RiveraThanks to the generous support of the Dinner’s attendees, the College raised nearly $570,000, exclusively benefiting scholarships for talented and deserving students.

The signature fundraising event annually celebrates the College’s yearlong effort to ensure each student’s potential is defined by his or her ambitions, not their financial means.

This year, the College honored two individuals for their strength of character, leadership, business acumen, and devotion to the common good: Mary A. Griffin and Richard A. White.

Watch our honorees’ remarks

Richard White and John CarusoAnd Ms. Griffin and Mr. White weren’t the only honorable guests to take the stage—Mount senior nursing student Samannie Estriplet served as the evening’s student speaker.

Samannie captivated the packed crowd as she shared her journey to the Mount.

“Nine years ago, a natural disaster struck my home, Haiti,” said Samannie. “The 7.0 earthquake took more than a quarter of a million lives. I am fortunate to be one of the survivors. The event changed my life, but knowing education is one of the most important things that a child needs, my parents thought it was the best for me, and my sister, to come to the United States.”

After completing middle school and high school in New Jersey, Samannie was stuck trying to find the college that was best for her. She searched, reflected, and prayed—realizing the Mount felt like home.

She quickly settled in, exploring her passions in and outside the classroom. However, during her sophomore year, she was hit by yet another heartbreaking and life-altering challenge.

“I found out that my parents, who were trying to put two daughters through college while rebuilding their lives in Haiti, could no longer help my sister and me with tuition…It seemed like I would have to leave the College.”

But the Mount didn’t let that happen. Professors and advisors became mentors and friends, guiding Samannie as she navigated yet another obstacle.

“I’m thankful I did not have to face this challenge alone. People gave their time to help me. They did more than just listen—they recognized my desire and potential, and the College adjusted my financial awards so that I could stay.”

Now, Samannie is ready to graduate and looks forward to a career in medical surgical nursing. She plans to utilize her education and skills as a nurse to help those in Haiti, as well as other parts of the world affected by disasters.

Watch Samannie’s reflection

We’re proud of Samannie. We’re proud of this year’s honorees. And we’re proud to recognize the generosity of scholarship donors and the recipients of their awards.

Thank you to all who supported this event.

Learn more about the Scholarship Tribute Dinner

Students invited at the Scholarship Tribute Dinner 2019

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.