who have changed careers and single mothers with very little income. Yet their commitment to their families and getting this education is mind-boggling.” The Auxiliary also provides general scholarships to both first-time and returning students in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program. Anyone who fulfills the admissions requirements can apply, Knowles says. The Auxiliary looks at need, grades, and a personal questionnaire to make its final selections.
In addition to scholarships, the Auxiliary funds other programs that affect students. Among them is the library in the Patricia Claire Sullivan Center. The group gave $500,000 to support that project over a fiveyear period, with the final donation made during the 2007-2008 school year. The Auxiliary’s financial support is made possible through membership fees, special fundraisers, and its retail services: Mercy Starbucks,
Mercy Salon, and Mercy Gift House & Flowers, all at Mercy Medical Center, Mercy West Lakes Gift House at Mercy West Lakes Hospital, and the K-RICE Shop at Mercy College. “I just feel so committed to this group,” says Knowles, who first joined the Auxiliary in 1968 because of her belief in Catholic hospitals and Catholic education. “The Auxiliary does good work. We provide things to Mercy that it cannot provide for itself.”
Mercy Auxiliary Dixie Knowles, Auxiliary Board Chair Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines Photo provided by Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines
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Published on Sep 8, 2011