In March of 2015, Gina Strianese from Mercy's Class of 2002 sadly passed away. Everyone who knew Gina is saddened by her passing and committed to honoring her memory. Her family and friends decided to create a scholarship to honor Gina's memory and to ensure her legacy will live on.  Last year, they held a benefit to collect donations which contributed to the establishment of this scholarship. It will continue Gina's love of Mount Mercy through the girls who are fortunate enough to receive it. 

To her father Bob Strianese and mother Kim Esch as well as alum and event co-chair Kris Sanders Parisi '75 who's wish to keep Gina's memory alive became a gift which will become her legacy, we thank you.  Your kindness will have a profound impact on the lives of current and future Mercy Girls. 

To ALL of the committee members who's hard work and dedication to Gina's memory made this possible, we thank you on behalf of the young women who's lives will be forever changed by your generosity. 

To our alumnae committee members including co-chair Kris Sanders Parisi '75, Sue Nigrelli Danahy '82, Kate Trillo Blake '81, Mary Beth Billittier Darling '87 may you know the impact you have had on the lives of those who loved Gina and those who will benefit from this gift. Your support continues the Circle of Mercy, sharing your blessings with future Mercy Girls. 

May God continue to bless each and every one of you!

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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