Saint Michael’s College,With the aim also to inspire generosity in Saint Michaels College graduates, Thomas F Shields, a 1952 graduate of the Catholic liberal arts college in Colchester, has made a $100,000 commitment to Saint Michaels and has issued a challenge. Shields, chairman and CEO of Shields Health Care Group in Quincy, Mass., and a resident of Boston, made his gift December 7th. He issued the challenge stating that the next 100 Saint Michael’s alumni, parents and friends who donate $1,000 or more to student scholarship aid will see their donations increased by $1,000, thanks to The Thomas F. Shields ’52 Challenge for Student Scholarships. As an alumnus of Saint Michaels, I know the good that this school does for its students, Mr. Shields said. Supporting the school is about passing the gift I was given on to the next generation. It feels good to know that I can make an impact. This generous matching challenge comes at a time when financial aid is extremely important, said Dr. John J. Neuhauser, president of Saint Michael’s College. Gifts, now multiplied by The Shields Challenge, will help us open doors to a Saint Michaels education to students who would otherwise not be able to attend, he said.Financial aid has never been more important said Jerry Flanagan, Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Management. Saint Michael’s must go the extra mile to help students get the education they desire and the scholarship aid they need. Thanks to Tom’s generous matching challenge, we can do more, student by student. Thomas Shields ’52 is a former Saint Michael’s College Trustee and enduring friend whose leadership and generosity has allowed Saint Michaels to realize significant opportunities and advances over the years. A long-time healthcare entrepreneur, Mr. Shields serves as the Chairman and CEO of Shields Health Care Group in Quincy, Mass. Founded in 1972 by Thomas and Mary Shields, Shields Health Care Group is a family owned and operated organization committed to unsurpassed patient care and clinical excellence. Since its inception, Shields Health Care Group has been a leader in medical imaging while operating more than 20 facilities throughout Massachusetts. Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review, 2013 as one of the nations Best 377 Colleges, and included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings.