Avila University received some superb publicity today after the school’s president went on the popular ABC morning show “The View” and presented scholarships to a Missouri family that recently adopted five children from Peru.
While sharing the heartwarming story of their family’s decision to adopt five Peruvian orphans with the ladies from “The View,” Lauren and Scott Sterling received the surprise of a lifetime when Avila University President Dr. Ronald Slepitza suddenly appeared on the stage to offer the seven Sterling children $500,000 in scholarships to the Kansas City, MO., university.
The Sterlings, from Blue Springs, Mo., hugged each other for joy upon hearing Slepitza’s offer.
“This ensures our children get an American education and bright future. We are so grateful,” said Lauren Sterling, whose religious faith led her two years ago on a journey that more has than doubled the size of her family and captured national media attention.
Slepitza said Avila University first learned about the Sterlings when one of the school’s administrators saw a news story about them on local television.
“What the Sterlings have done touches our hearts and this is an opportunity where everyone can say ‘YES’ and help this wonderful family,” said Slepitza.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. The school is located at 119th and Wornall Road in southwest suburban KCMO.