Avila president surprises family with gift of education on ABC's The View

Avila University President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, appeared on the hit ABC show “The View” Feb. 6 and surprised the Sterling family of Blue Springs, Mo. by offering $500,000 in scholarships for their seven children. Lauren and Scott Sterling’s family grew by five when the couple recently adopted five Peruvian orphans. “This ensures our children get an American education and bright future. We are so grateful,” said Lauren Sterling. Slepitza said, “What the Sterlings have done touches our hearts, and this is an opportunity where everyone can say ‘YES’ and help this wonderful family. We are honored to live our mission in the tradition of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, to serve the dear neighbor without distinction.” Pictured are, left to right, The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the Sterling family, co-host Joy Behar, Slepitza, Ann O’Meara, Avila’s assistant vice president of marketing and communications, and co-host Whoopi Goldberg. Photo credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC.

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