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It All Started at Donnelly

When the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica joined forces with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to establish Donnelly College in 1949, the vision of having a Catholic college in the urban core of Kansas City was about much more than providing an affordable higher education option to those who wanted one. The founders also wanted the college to serve as an institution that promotes personal development and transformation – impacting the economic trajectory of families and creating a strong educational foundation for the broader community. Most importantly, the leaders wanted all students who attended Donnelly to form a set of values they would take with them throughout their lives. 

Each graduate of Donnelly College has forged their own path in life, creating their own life story. 

The Donnelly College Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to help tell those stories by recognizing individuals, living and deceased, who have served the community in a variety of ways, while upholding the mission, honor and values of their alma mater. During the past eight years, Donnelly College has inducted 38 alumni into the Hall of Fame. '

If you know an alum who has demonstrated actions that express the spirit and mission of Donnelly College, visit to nomatinate them for the Hall of Fame. Contact Lauren Park with questions at

Learn more about all of the Hall of Fame members here

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