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Every gift to St. Edward's makes a student's education more personal, more powerful. It supports real-world research and high-caliber facilities. It helps keep class sizes small so that students receive the attention they deserve. It further illuminates the talents of our dedicated faculty and creates opportunities for collaboration with students.
Every gift extends the reach of our mission and vision — on campus, in Austin and across the globe. With your gift, you help transform not only our campus but the lives of our students. In their own words, these students explain how.
Dora Elia Dovalina ’10
The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation CAMP Scholarship; The P.C. and Josephine Del Barto Endowed Scholarship; The Lawrence M. Walsh Endowed Scholarship; The Raymond ’69 and Judy ’71 Smilor Family Endowed Scholarship
Dora Dovalina wants to help children who are struggling to learn English. That’s why she plans to be an early childhood bilingual teacher when she graduates. “I would like to make a difference in the community and improve education,” she says.
Dora’s interest in bilingual education has impacted her extracurricular activities. She is a Spanish tutor, president of the Bilingual Education Student Organization and assistant coordinator of Operation Pen Pal. “These groups have given me a chance to work with other students, learn more about Mexican culture and become the best teacher I can.”
Her scholarships also motivate her to do her best. “I want to earn better grades to show how dedicated I am to my education and how much I appreciate these scholarships.”
Jonathon “Jon Wayne” Martin ’11
The Albert and Rosa Gonzales Scholarship
As a first-generation college student from a large family, financial aid was crucial for Jonathon “Jon Wayne” Martin. “This scholarship lightens the emotional burden associated with college tuition,” he says.
Without that burden, Jon Wayne has been able to focus on pursuing his passions. He is double-majoring in Theater Arts and Media Communications. He directs the annual Sorin Reel Film Festival on campus, and he helps raise money for local charities through the Transit Theatre Group, a nonprofit student organization.
“St. Edward’s has opened my eyes to the world,” he says. “All my activities have fortified my time management skills and enriched my personal character by broadening my perspective.”
Beverly Pappas ’12
The Jimmy T. Mills Endowed Scholarship
Beverly Pappas is combining her love of science and math through a Biochemistry major with a pre-medical emphasis. She also recently conducted research on a drug used to fight cancer.
Research of this caliber is typically only seen at the graduate level — but it’s common for our undergraduates to tackle such projects. “St. Edward’s is distinct in its commitment to students, diversity and small class sizes, along with its focus on encouraging critical thinking,” Beverly says.
A crucial part of that commitment is continuing to make education affordable for students. “This scholarship makes such a difference,” she says. “It alleviates the stress of worrying about my financial situation and helps me significantly.”
Pamela Filip ’13
The Mary Jane and Wendell Mayes, Jr. Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship 2010–2011 Student Recipient
Pamela Filip wants to “provide justice in an unjust world” so that she can give back to the community that has given so much to her. She hopes to become an attorney for organizations like SafePlace and NAMI (National Alliance of the Mentally Ill), as well as working pro bono for those in need.
A Criminal Justice major, she chose St. Edward’s for its emphasis on ethics and social justice. She also appreciates that she can receive credit for her life experiences, and that her New College evening classes give her the flexibility to care for her special-needs daughter.
Pamela is grateful for the scholarship that makes it all possible. Now, she’s well on her way to a better life for her family — and a chance to benefit her community. “This scholarship will help my dreams of earning my degree and becoming an attorney come true. It also lets me be a positive role model for my daughter and instill in her the importance of a good education.”
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