Hilltopper Family Spotlight
A Culture of Giving
The hilltop is a special place for Mike ’07 and Jennifer (Hollas) ’07 McGee. It’s where they met each other,
made lifelong friends and laid the groundwork for their success in law school, graduate school and their careers.
They continue their close relationship with St. Edward’s; these days, the two lead the Houston Alumni Chapter
Because Mike and Jennifer received scholarships that enabled them to attend St. Edward’s, they now return
the favor with their own generosity.
“We give back so the university can work toward accomplishing its mission and so others can benefit
from a St. Edward’s education,” Mike says.
A Family Affair
Mike and Jennifer are joined in their giving by Mike’s parents Michael and Jeanne McGee, and Jennifer’s
parents Richard and Barbara Hollas.
After putting four children through college, the Hollas family understands how money can be tight for many parents.
They give to the St. Edward’s University softball program to help other “softball parents”
and their daughters make
it through the financial crunch of college. Thanks to parents like them, the softball field has been improved and
renovated for current students.
“Softball at St. Edward’s shaped our daughter into who she is — a strong leader who understands how
fulfilling service can be,” Barbara says.
“We worked hard to give all our children a college education. Now that they’re on their own,
it’s easier for us to donate, and knowing our contribution helps a worthwhile program is a good feeling,” Richard adds.
Passing It On
The McGees were looking for a school that offered the same caring atmosphere as Mike’s small high school.
The first time they visited St. Edward’s, they knew they’d found the right place.
“We were amazed how the professors took a genuine interest in helping Mike adjust to college life and prepare
for the real world,” says Jeanne McGee. The McGees gave to the university every year Mike was enrolled. When they
were approached about helping fund the Barbara Cassidy Endowed Scholarship, named for a former accounting professor,
they jumped at the chance to honor one of Mike’s mentors.
“St. Edward’s gave so much to our son, we wanted to give back,” says Jeanne McGee. “When someone
does a good thing, you want to reward them and perpetuate that tradition. We want other students to have the same opportunities
that were instrumental in Mike's success.”
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