One gift alone can contribute to transformative educational opportunities — the defining moments that change a student’s trajectory from unsure to successful, elevate a professor’s research into the national limelight and support the St. Mary’s University community in its faith journey through Catholic and Marianist traditions.
Now, multiply the glory these types of gifts can bring. Not by 10 or 20, but by more than 10,000.
Each takes St. Mary’s a step closer to realizing its vision to become one of the finest private universities in the region. Each propels the most ambitious fundraising effort ever undertaken at St. Mary’s — The Defining Moment Comprehensive Campaign launched in Fall 2017.
In November 2019, the University announced already surpassing the goal of $130 million and increasing the campaign to a new $150 million goal.
St. Mary’s has received $51.5 million in student scholarship gifts and grants, which created 78 new endowed scholarships. Another $11.9 million has funded state-of-the-art transformations of classrooms and labs with equipment that graduates will use in industry, research and health care.
In the words of Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A., whose position as the inaugural Beirne Director of the Center for Catholic Studies was funded by one of these donations, “the ‘Defining Moment’ is believing what is possible.”
She shares that belief in what is possible with the students and faculty across campus who — thanks to the campaign’s donors — have already witnessed the evolution of their experiences in faith formation, and academic and research excellence.
“In Catholic higher education, I found an environment where you can be all of who you are, especially when you allow your faith to be prominent in that,” Tait said. “I’m a better musician. I’m a better teacher. I’m a better human being because I’m allowed to be true to myself and I’m surrounded by people who are allowed to be true to themselves.”
Jose Figueroa, a junior from San Antonio studying Physics and Mathematics, gives thanks for the opportunities provided by those who have donated to improve research opportunities.