Janice Meyer arrived at Edgecliff College in 1969 to study art. But she left in 1973 with more than a degree—she found a mentor and lifetime friend in Sr. Ann Beiersdorfer. So when Beiersdorfer retired in 2002 after 42 years, Meyer decided to honor her by establishing a scholarship in her name.
“No one deserves to be remembered more than Sr. Ann,” Meyer says. “Hundreds of students benefited from her inexhaustible source of inspiration. She sees the best in everyone, and therefore brings out the best in everyone. Her love, her patience and her undying devotion to her students are things I know I will never forget and for which I am forever grateful.”
The scholarship goes to a student in need of financial assistance, demonstrates a love of learning and gives witness to the values of Xavier University. The first preference is to someone who lost a parent and is related to an Edgecliff graduate. The scholarship provides $1,200 annually to one student for four years. For her part, Beiersdorfer says she’s humbled. But the students, not her, are the real focus.
“If a student wants a Xavier education, this will help them get it,” she says. “That means a lot to me.”