Events and activities to keep connected!


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Postponed till further notice!

The W Club at Wrigley Field

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, here are some updates regarding the Empower Scholarship Fund and planned activities.

To lower the risk of exposure and to keep our communities safe, we are postponing our planned fundraising event at the W Club at Wrigley Field, scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020. A new date has not yet been set; we will keep you updated on this important fundraising event for student scholarships. All existing and additional sponsorships will be applied to this new event at a later date. As American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine remain focused on the health, safety and well-being of their communities, students continue to demonstrate the grit and commitment to continuing their educational journey—including transitioning from on-campus studies to online learning. With the impact on healthcare workers during this unprecedented time, we have many students and alumni who are on the front lines delivering direct care or volunteering their time to provide assistance. 

Your support of their education through scholarships is even more important today as we navigate uncharted waters together.

As always, the board and staff of the Empower Scholarship Fund are grateful to our generous donors who make a difference by supporting future nurses, doctors and veterinarians. If you are able to contribute at this time to our scholarship fund to assist these dedicated students with their educational expenses, please click on this link.

For more information, please contact John Stachniak..

A Celebration that honored Deaconess Alumni!

Held at Chamberlain University
St. Louis Campus

One week ago over 65 Deaconess alumni and former faculty came together to reconnect, share memories and discuss the changes in healthcare.
The event raised $1,500 towards the Kathleen Modene Memorial Scholarship. Kathy was a former Deaconess administrator who has since passed away, this scholarship was created to honor her memory. 
Alumni of Deaconess College of Nursing, are encouraged to join the  to receive newsletters, special offers and communications from the Chamberlain University Office of Alumni Relations. To join, email with your name and contact information.
Kelly Pearce (’00), Board President of the Fund, has made a lead gift to establish the Deaconess Alumni Heritage Scholarship. He is asking that other Deaconess alumni consider donating to this scholarship which will provide $3,500 to a student attending Chamberlain University. To make a gift click here or text DCNAlumni to 41444 by June 30, 2020 to make this scholarship available for the next scholarship cycle.

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2015 Minnick Hill Syrah

 2015 Sagemoor Vineyards Riesling

  By purchasing one or both of these fine wines through our partnership with Aspen Lane Wine Company, you will be benefiting students with scholarships.  

Past Events

September 24, 2019 – River Cruise – Highlights

Thumbs Up for Scholarships

Empower Scholarship Fund Board with student scholarship recipients

John Stachniak, Tedroy Jackson RUSM, Anna Axentiev RUSM, Sonya Evanosky, Matthew McCarthy CU, Victoria Lord RUSM, Kelly Pearce, Dr. Alicia Sweeney RUSVM, Dr. Una Miculinic RUSVM and Maggie Leen

Ross University School of Medicine Students and Leaders

Dr. Bill Owen – RUSM Dean, Sarah Bibby, Tedroy Jackson, Kathy Boden Holland – President Medical and Health Group ATGE, Victoria Lord, Francesco Fiumara and Alex Axentiev

Commemorative Wine Bottles

On the Bow

Great Event

Kelly Pearce with Krista Smith, Katrina McGuire, Kathy Boden Holland, Marianne Hulbert, Sara Zou and Patrick Sanchez

Aspen Lane Wine Company

Sonya and Bob Evanosky

Empower Scholars


John Stachniak with Dr. Alicia Sweeney DVM, Dr. Una Miculinic DVM, Victoria Lord and Anna Axentiev


Dr. Jeremy Buishas, Carl Stoltenberg, Dr. Arlene Rodriguez and Mary Collins

Empower Scholars

Tedroy Jackson, Victoria Lord, Anna Axentiev of Ross Med with Kelly Pearce

Dr. Susan Groenwald and Francesco Fiumara

Board member and student of Ross University School of Medicine

Adtalem Global Education Leadership

Donna Jennings, Kathy Boden Holland, Maggie Leen and Sonya Evanosky

Prairie Fire

Patrick Perry, Shanna Haycraft, Amanda Kassel and Natalie Wise

Ross Vet Alumni

John Stachniak, Dr. Jeremy Buishas DVM, Dr. Mike Buedel DVM, and Dr. Arlene Rodriguez DVM

Chamberlain Alumni

Emily Ann Keller, Dr. Susan Groenwald (former Dean of Chamberlain University) and Carlien Van Jaarsveld

Proud of Chamberlain University

Carlien Van Jaarsveld and Emily Ann Keller alumnae, Matthew McCarthey student scholarship recipient with fiance’ Chineso Okoro

Interior of Craft


Matthew McCarthy, Empower Scholar

Carlien Van Jaarsveld, Alumna

Emily Ann Keller, Alumna

Dr. Karen Cox, Dean

Aisha Barnes, Alumni Manager

Enjoying a great cruise

Marianne Hulbert, Maggie Leen, Carl Stoltenberg and Mary Collins

On the River

Text to Give

Ross University

Dr. Bill Owen Dean of Ross Med and Dr. Susan Groenwald board member

Chicago River


Thank You!