Stephanie Grepo, Political Science, '15, is grateful to focus on her classes and extracurricular activities, instead of the burden of struggling to pay for college.
Stritch junior Stephanie Grepo is making the most out of her
college experience. The political science major has already accomplished a lot,
and she is nowhere near ready to slow down.
Grepo’s mother, an alumna, earned a nursing degree from
Stritch and encouraged Grepo to learn more about the school.
“When we toured campus, I was struck by Stritch’s focus on
enacting values in daily life,” said Grepo. “There is an authentic willingness
to foster creativity, support new endeavors, and create a tightknit community
that encourages leadership.”
quickly placed Stritch at the top of her list, but still had concerns about
paying for college. After
talking with her admission counselor, she realized that her Stritch education
would be a lot more affordable than she imagined, thanks to the scholarships available to most
scholarships are funded in part by the Santa Chiara Fund, a need-based annual scholarship fund honoring
former president and Chancellor Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D., and the
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The Santa Chiara Fund was established to help
students “approve the better things” as they discover their purpose in life
during their college
her college decision, Stritch has become Grepo’s home. In her first two
years on campus, Grepo sang in the choir, participated in student government,
attended an Interfaith Leadership Trip, and organized a three-part series to
increase awareness about human trafficking. She also works on campus.
“Stritch teaches me to embody the Franciscan values,”
explained Grepo. “Too many leaders today are personally driven. I want to be
A self-described “go-getter,” Grepo considers her extracurricular
activities time well-invested in both the University and her own development.
She hopes that her projects will continue to thrive on campus after she graduates.
Grepo is grateful to focus on her classes and
extracurricular activities, instead of the burden of struggling to pay for
“Without the support of the Santa Chiara Fund, I would be
much more stressed out, less creative, and ultimately have less time for
service,” said Grepo.
She plans to earn a doctorate in political science before
building a career in academia or governmental affairs, knowing how a supportive
and engaged community can make all the difference.
“If I could say one thing to the donors who support this
fund, it would be ‘thank you,’” said Grepo. “Thank you so much for investing in