Marian University’s Ancilla College honored former local resident and community leader Brad Serf and made a special announcement at its October 5, 2023, Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner. More than 335 people attended this year’s dinner – a record attendance – and more than $300,000 was raised for Ancilla student scholarships.

The College’s annual scholarship dinner, held at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, raises funds to provide scholarships that allow students to develop professionally, personally and spiritually – talents that will continue to spur economic, social, and cultural growth throughout northern Indiana.

At this year’s Changing Lives event, the university also announced a generous $1 million gift for students transitioning from an associate’s degree directly to pursuing a four-year degree at Marian University’s Indianapolis campus.

Called the Marian University Transition Scholarship, the scholarship provides qualified students with up to $17,750 per year to help cover the costs of transitioning from an associate degree at Ancilla to a bachelor’s degree program at Marian University.

Brad Serf honored for his dedication to the Marshall County community

The Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner will honor Brad Serf, a principal at Gibson and a respected business leader. Serf has also been instrumental in enhancing the Marshall County community through his service to numerous community organizations including Marshall County Community Foundation, Knights of Columbus, Plymouth Swim Club, and Link to Hope. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for Marian University’s Ancilla College and, for the past two years, has served as Chair for Ancilla’s Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner. He and his wife, Patricia, have established the Serf Family Endowed Scholarship to support nursing students at Marian University’s Ancilla College.

“We are deeply grateful for the generous support from Brad Serf and the Serf Family Endowed Scholarship. Their commitment to education and community development exemplifies the values we strive to instill in our students,” said Natalie Tucker, Ph.D., vice president and dean of academics. “The Changing Lives Dinner serves as a powerful platform for uniting our community in enthusiastic support of the exceptional Catholic education we provide and the talented students we prepare to become transformational leaders.”

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Marian University’s Ancilla College was founded in 1937 as Ancilla Domini College. In 2020, Ancilla College signed an agreement with Marian University to continue bringing higher education to northern Indiana and, in July 2021, Marian University opened a new location on the former campus of Ancilla College in Plymouth, Ind. – Marian University’s Ancilla College, a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University’s Ancilla College offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in addition to associate degrees in agriculture, business, education, exercise science, arts, and veterinary nursing, and in 2022, the college opened a state-of-the-art nursing simulation and skills laboratory. Follow Marian University’s Ancilla College on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.