On Monday, January 15, the college’s Dignitas Scholars hosted a Dominican Republic night to tell other students about their trip to the Dominican Republic. The college awards the Dignitas Scholarship to students who have contributed to their communities through pro-life and other charitable work. As part of the Dignitas Scholars program, scholars participate in a mission trip. This year, the scholars went to the Dominican Republic for a week in December to help at a special needs house for children. The house is part of the program Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters), an international organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children.
At the Dominican Republic night, the Dignitas Scholars showed their fellow students photos of their trip, including of them assisting in gardening projects and playing with the children. They also discussed insights the experience had given them and what they liked best about it. Many expressed how happy it made them to get to interact with the children.
In addition to their mission trip, Dignitas Scholars also receive formation in the Church’s social doctrine and engage in various kinds of charitable work, including pro-life work and visiting local assisted-living facilities.
-Contributed by John Milliken ’22