Monday, June 12, 2006

JPII Scholarship Founders Drop Support...

Torgo received this:

text version follows:

May 18, 2006

Dear Board of Governors Member,

We write to you for a purpose once unthinkable to us. Over five years ago, we were brought together by a shared vision – the promise of a truly Catholic law school that would attract exemplary people of faith. This vision presented such promise that over seventy students committed to attend even when construction zones far outnumbered classrooms. Through three pioneering years, we grew to truly love both the institution we attended and those who make it what it is. That love and pride for Ave Maria led the four of us to found the first Ave Maria Alumni scholarship – the John Paul II Leadership Award and Scholarship. The Award, along with a $1,000 Scholarship, is presented annually at Commencement to a student who exemplifies the qualities of John Paul II. Given our great love for Ave Maria, it is with deep regret that we now indefinitely suspend presentation of the Award during the Commencement exercises.

Recent events, where the Board has chosen not to directly engage Faculty or the elected members of the Alumni Association on very serious issues - as well as to give only limited response to current students, have troubled us greatly. You are each accomplished and prominent individuals. However, you must understand that we gained an incredible respect for the Ave Maria Faculty from our daily contact with them during our three years there. More than anyone, they are the law school to so many of us. Given that, we fail to understand your unwillingness to discuss gravely serious topics of concern in a formal way with the Faculty, and are further puzzled by your disregard of similar Alumni and Student concerns.

For many of us, the treatment of Faculty, Students and Alumni is baffling, not because of the move to Florida, but because of how partners in the great Ave Maria School of Law enterprise have been cast aside. The Ave Maria School of Law is a Christian community first and foremost, and we feel that any significant decision about the school should be made with a collective voice. If such agreement cannot be reached on any such issue, we cannot understand why it would be pursued even in the face of serious and irreparable damage to the Community.

We do not make our decision lightly, but with much prayer and discussion. We hope you will take our concerns to heart. This year, and for the foreseeable future, we will present the Award to a worthy student independent of the law school. We look forward to a day when we can renew presentation of the Award and Scholarship at Commencement. We will continue to pray for the school and all entrusted with its care.

In Christ,

John Paul II Leadership Award and Scholarship Founders – Class of 2003


At 9:26 PM, June 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can stick your "scholarship" where the sun don't shine you indian givers. many of you claim TM gives and then continues to want to control what he gives, so I guess now you have the right to do the same? childish. you are giving our law school a bad.


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