Gift of Trust in the future of the College

22 July 2022

Gift of Trust in the future of the College

One of our former students, Wilga Ann Wilschefski (Class of 1947), a librarian who lived her life with faith, courage and humour, has now left a wonderfully generous bequest to St Vincent’s College. The gift is for a scholarship in perpetuity.


After her days at Vinnies as a student, Wilga completed a Bachelor of Arts part time at Sydney University. And then - in quite an extraordinary step for her time - moved overseas to Canada and worked as a librarian at a university in Montreal. Later, she moved to the US and completed her Master’s in Library Science at Florida State University.


When Wilga settled in Australia more permanently, she worked as a senior librarian at Macquarie University for many years and then at UTS.  While she was at UTS she authored academic works on librarianship.


Throughout her life and with all her outstanding achievements, Wilga maintained a deep affection for her alma mater. A very real gratefulness for the education she received from the Sisters of Charity remained with her always. With her Will, she was keen to support our Scholarships and Bursaries program. The Wilga Wilschefski Scholarship has been established in her honour.


Along with the Principal and all of our Board members, our Director of Advancement, David Osborne, was overjoyed when the news of the bequest from Wilga came through.


“I was ecstatic and delighted for the College to receive such an amazingly generous bequest for establishing an endowment for scholarships in perpetuity,” said David.


“To see the Vinnies Spirit in action with benefactors empowering future generations of courageous and compassionate women of action, is just so inspiring.”


“For all in our community who treasure the Vinnies approach to a broad-based education, it is natural to want to see it continue,” David added.

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