Relatives of Edgecliff College alumni are eligible for the renewable grants, which are awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students. When the program began in 1987, seven years after Edgecliff College merged with Xavier, funds were available to honor just two students. Today, the legacy and spirit of Edgecliff lives on in more and more scholars each year.
The scholars and their sponsors are taking part in a celebration Monday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. The dinner and reception honor new and returning scholars and their sponsors.
Meg Olberding, assistant to the city manager and public information officer for the city of Cincinnati, is the keynote speaker. She is a 1992 Xavier graduate and a former Edgecliff Scholar.
Every four years an Edgecliff scholar is also named the James E. Hoff, S.J., Scholar, and receives an additional grant. The award, named in honor of the University's chancellor, is bestowed on an Edgecliff scholar who demonstrates leadership, vision, courage, service and compassion in his or her academic and personal life. The most recent honor went to John Lavelle, class of 2005, who spent time in Nicaragua on a service-learning project.
The scholars are active on campus and involved with the 3,200 Edgecliff alumni, who have an ongoing schedule of activities sponsored by Xavier.