Quincy University has announced Delaney Ringenberg as the 2023 Bishop’s Scholarship recipient. Ringenberg graduated from Quincy Senior High School this spring and will begin at QU this coming fall.

“What strikes me about Delaney is her total commitment to service, one of the pillars of stewardship,” said Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.   “Whether it was gathering gifts for struggling families at Christmas, collecting donations for the Lenten Rice Bowl, raising money for her parish’s sister parish in Haiti, collecting food for Catholic Charities, or several other service related endeavors, Delaney exemplifies living as an authentic disciple of Christ not just in her parish community, but in the world. Her compassion for the needy and tireless work ethic to build people up with love, always having our Catholic faith as the cornerstone of everything she does, is incredibly refreshing in today’s world of selfishness. She is most deserving of this scholarship.”

The university awards the $10,000 Bishop’s Scholarship to one student on the recommendation of Bishop Paprocki. To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must belong to a parish in the Diocese of Springfield and have applied to QU. Candidates must be admitted to QU, choose to enroll, and submit a statement describing their involvement in their local parish, the Diocese or the Catholic Church.

“I was so surprised when President McGee called and told me that I was the winner of the Bishop Scholarship,” said Ringenberg. “I would like to thank my parish for helping me grow in my faith foundation. This gave me a head start to explore my faith life on my own personal level. My biggest thank you goes to Bishop Paprocki for choosing me as the recipient to this scholarship.”

The scholarship is subject to the university’s stacking policy, which limits awarded institutional dollars to the value of tuition. It is renewable for up to eight semesters of study as long as the recipient remains enrolled full-time and maintains a 3.3-grade point average at QU.

“I am excited to attend Quincy University to grow in my faith life and continue to serve and give back to my community,” said Ringenberg. “Winning this scholarship means so much to me because I am able to go to the same University that my mom went to and my sister currently attends.”

“Since 1860, Quincy University has proudly served what are now the 129 parishes and 44 schools of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., QU president. “As the only Catholic university in the diocese and in the 96 counties of downstate Illinois, we provide instruction deeply rooted in our Catholic faith and our Franciscan tradition.

“We are blessed to have Bishop Paprocki’s support as our shepherd and as a senior member of the faculty at Quincy University, where he teaches in the Oakley School of Business. We are grateful for his leadership.”

The founding of Quincy University is the direct result of an invitation issued by the first bishop of the Diocese to the Franciscans, which led to generations of service by the Franciscans to the people of Quincy and Illinois. Established under the pastoral care and leadership of Bishop Paprocki, the Bishop’s Scholarship is one of many signs of the strong relationship between the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and Quincy University, the only Catholic university located in downstate Illinois.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu. Quincy University. Success by Design.