Who benefits from this generosity?
Ninety-three percent of St. Ambrose students qualify for financial aid--that adds up to more than $22 million awarded each year from institutional and private support! Many of these students benefit from the more than $600,000 that has been raised through the Wine Festival since its inception.
St. Ambrose continues to provide an environment where first generation college students and students from lower and middle income families can receive a values-based education. These important dollars help support students that may not otherwise be able to attend a school that offers small classes, individualized attention and supportive campus services.
How am I helping?
Wine Festival supporters are an important piece of our students' education. Each time you attend a Wine Festival event, those dollars go directly to assist our students. Supporters help in various ways from being an event sponsor, auction donor, table sponsor, and/or ticket holder. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a sponor or donating an auction item, please contact Anne Gannaway in the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office at 563-333-6283. Tickets to all events can be purchased online by clicking here.
What about the St. Ambrose budget?
St. Ambrose University is dedicated to providing a quality, affordable education. That is why nearly 30 percent of the university's operating budget is dedicated to scholarships and other forms of financial assistance. Even with this dedication, our residential students and their families pay $11,000 - $15,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.
Who plans the Wine Festival?
The Wine Festival is a volunteer, community driven event. Supporters in the community come together as a committee each year to plan all three events -- volunteering their time, talent, and treasure to raise money for student scholarships at St. Ambrose. The committee members devote countless hours promoting the events, planning the logistics, and garnering support from the greater community. These events would not be possible without them.