March 24, 2014, Newton, MA – Mount Ida College and East Boston Savings Bank are pleased to announce that 10 students have been selected to receive scholarships from the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year. These scholarships will provide each student with $500 to offset the cost of tuition and assist them in accomplishing academic goals.

Chairman, CEO and President of East Boston Savings Bank, Richard J. Gavegnano, said, “East Boston Savings Bank is proud to support Mount Ida College in awarding scholarships that help our future community leaders. Through our East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, we work to reward outstanding college students who demonstrate a combination of academic excellence and financial need.”

Deborah Hirsch, Ed.D., Vice President for Development and Director of External Relations at Mount Ida, commented that she “would like to extend a special thank you to East Boston Savings Bank for its support and recognize the impact the Foundation is making on the lives of our undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college.”


“The scholarships awarded to our students through the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation will help them to accomplish their goal of obtaining a college degree and will have a lasting impact on their future,” Hirsch said.

Recipients of the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation scholarships are a group of 10 undergraduates chosen by the Mount Ida Scholarship Committee. Each student’s hometown is located within the communities served by East Boston Savings Bank. In addition to meeting the criteria of achieving high grade point averages, students who are awarded this honor have also demonstrated a financial need.

About the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation was established in 1998 by East Boston Savings Bank to provide funding to support charitable causes and community development activities. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in funding to support many deserving charitable causes and community development activities. To learn more, visit the East Boston Savings Bank’s website at

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at

Born in El Salvador, Mount Ida College alumna, Karla Ventura ’07, never imagined the types of opportunities her time on campus would create well past graduation as a communications major.  We had the opportunity to sit down with Ventura to learn more about her perspective on why she supports the Fund for Mount Ida and to also find out what inspires what she calls “her crazy enthusiasm for Mount Ida.”

Q: How do you look back on your Mount Ida College experience?

A: “Mount Ida connected me to opportunities I never had in high school. As a freshman, I immediately was encouraged by the student activities director to establish the first ever Hispanic American Club which is now called SALSA (Student Association for Latino and Spanish Americans). That support gave me the confidence to run and get elected to other leadership positions in student clubs. I was and still am a huge fan of Mount Ida activities and events and include many of my professors as friends today.”

Q: Tell us about your career path.

A: “The campus staff and my professors always have played a key part in my career. Since graduation, I have a handful of professors and staff that I consider friends. I go to them for guidance, networking and as references; they know me so well. Since 2008, I have been Grant Administrator for Research Management at Partners Healthcare in Boston. I love the role and company and am always learning. Previously, I’ve held development positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.”


Q: Why do you support the Fund for Mount Ida College?

A: “I think back to those early days as a student when I received a grant for my books from the Learning Circle (TLC). I will always be grateful for the generous help. As an alumna, I want to return that support to someone else in need. I often designate my annual fund donation to what’s meaningful to me. Recently, I supported the new Campus Center and Dining Commons because student activities played such a big role in my life here. Lastly, I support Mustang Athletics activities as many of my friends were Mustang athletes and to honor the legacy of two of my athlete friends who passed: Brian Eyles and Richie Dykas. I’ve made some great friends, particularly our group who goes to the annual Brian Eyles Alumni Lacrosse game at homecoming-you know who you are!”

Q: What other ways do you give back to Mount Ida College?

A: “Besides money, I am still involved at Mount Ida. A couple of summers ago, Student Affairs asked me to help run the Senior Week and Spring Weekend. It was a wonderful opportunity and an experience that brought back great memories. Since graduating, I’ve missed only one alumni event and am currently the Vice President of the Alumni Council. I am active because I hope my crazy enthusiasm for Mount Ida inspires others to give back in their own personal way.”

Holly Arcadipane, a junior enrolled in Mount Ida College’s Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree Program, was presented with the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association Scholarship Award. The scholarship award is presented to the candidate who has demonstrated outstanding performance in their accredited Dental Hygiene program. Award candidates are considered on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, ability, and interest in the career of dental hygiene.

Passionate in the field of dental hygiene, Arcadipane, an active student member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), was also chosen by the ADHA as their recipient of the ADHA scholarship award. As a recipient of the award, Arcadipane was presented with a trip to CLL 2014 at ADHA’s 91st Annual Session in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will represent the student delegation in annual session for the state of Massachusetts.


Humbled by the recognition in her field, Arcadipane credits Mount Ida’s tight-knit campus community and supportive faculty for her success.

“I can’t imagine being a part of any other program. The faculty and my classmates – we are really close and work to support each other,” notes Arcadipane. “It is truly special.”

Next up for Arcadipane is her national dental hygiene board examination followed by graduation from Mount Ida’s accredited dental hygiene training program. She will continue her studies at Mount Ida for an extra year as a part of our Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree program.

For the future, Arcadipane aims to continue to grow as an active leader in her industry.

“I plan on exploring the entire field in the future. There are so many possibilities and no limits; Dental Hygiene is always evolving,” said Arcadipane. “I plan to continue being a part of Mount Ida, building my career in the image of my mentors here.”

For more information on the Dental Hygiene program at Mount Ida, please visit our degree program homepage.