The Founders award recognizes the tireless dedication of individuals to the ideals and values of our founders, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill

2016 Founders Award Honoree

Sr. Peggy A. Scarano, O.P., Class of 1970

Sr. Peggy has been a Dominican Sister of Sparkill for 52 years. She was born and raised in the Morris Park section of The Bronx, New York, and attended PS-34 from K-4th grade, 5th through 8th grade at Our Lady of Solace School and in 1964 graduated from St. Helena High School, where she met the Dominican Sisters. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, a Master’s of Science in (Special) Education from Manhattan College, and a NYS Certificate in Educational Administration from Fordham University.

Sr. Peggy spent 20 years in the field of education as an elementary school teacher and administrator. In 1986 she began her now 30 years in the ministry of fund-raising having been the Development Director for the Sparkill Dominicans for 28 of these years. Presently she is a Regional Representative for SOAR! (Support Our Aging Religious), a national organization whose mission is to ‘raise and provide funds for Catholic religious congregations of women and men to meet the immediate needs of their retired and infirm members.’

Over the past 30 years Sr. Peggy has been actively involved in the (local) Rockland Development Council, Inc. She was instrumental in bringing the Leave a Legacy program to Rockland County, was presented with a Life Achievement Award and has an annual award that is presented at the County’s celebration of Philanthropy Day named in her honor. She also received the Distinguished Graduate Award from her grade school and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Catholic Development Conference. During these past 30 years Sr. Peggy has been a presenter at numerous local, state, and national fund-raising seminars and has been a mentor to congregations of men and women just establishing development offices. Sister serves on the Board of Directors of the Leviticus Fund, a non-profit that offers ‘transformative solutions that serve low-income and vulnerable people…motivated by faith and founded on the biblical verse of Leviticus 25:23 and its call for justice in the stewardship of economic resources’. The Dominican Sisters co-founded this Fund 34 years ago. Additionally she serves on the Board of Directors of Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry, a non-profit in Orange County, NY, that offers a myriad of services to immigrant and settling Latino families, most especially the children.

As a proud STAC alum, inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame in 2006, Sr. Peggy serves on the Board of Trustees and, with the Office for Career Development, organizes annual in-service/classes introducing students to the Not-For-Profits both here in Rockland County and beyond. During the Spring 2015 semester, Sr. Peggy traveled with nine of our students and their Professor to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, an ‘amazing’ experience for both Sr. Peggy and the students.

Sr. Peggy is grateful and humbled to be receiving the 2016’s Founders Award from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit students, current and future, through the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Scholarship Fund.



Past Founders Award Honorees