The Campaign for St. Edward’s University united more than 14,000 donors to support today’s students. Their gifts exceeded $100.6 million (and our goal). Here’s how their generosity is providing new resources for success and access every day on the hilltop.
More Scholarships for Students
Of the $100.6 million raised during the campaign, more than half is designated for scholarships that will provide financial assistance for generations of Hilltoppers. Several existing scholarship endowments received additional funding, and 33 new endowed scholarships have been created. Following are examples of these scholarships and their impact on students.
Jonathan Tamayo Gonzalez ’19 is one of more than 140 students every year who receive a Bill and Patricia Munday Scholarship covering roughly 25% of their tuition. The Munday endowment was created in 2003 and significantly bolstered during the campaign.
Select students in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) receive funding for internships, research and studies abroad through a new award created by Luci Baines Johnson ’97 and her husband, university trustee Ian Turpin.
The Brother Romard Barthel, CSC, ’47, Endowed Scholarship Fund, created in 2005, received more than $3 million from the estate of Romard’s former pupil, Alex Marusak ’63 and his widow, Nancy. Pictured with some Barthel Scholars are Bob Wilems ’63 and his wife, Nela, who were instrumental in establishing the Barthel Scholarship.
Donors gave more than $1.5 million to fund the new Dr. George E. Martin Presidential Scholarship Endowment designed for academically gifted students who face financial hurdles. Martin Scholars will receive funding for academic opportunities that increase their competitiveness for graduate school, Fulbrights and other awards.
New and Renovated Campus Facilities
Six new or renovated buildings have increased campus technology and spaces for learning, research and student life. We’ve constructed new facilities for academics and Campus Ministry and made significant repairs and renovations to three historic landmark buildings.
The new leading-edge John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center–South houses the Computer Science, Mathematics and Bioinformatics programs as well as custom laboratories for physics and science classes, and a 125-seat auditorium.
The new innovative Munday Library connects students and faculty to information resources around the world, and inspires creative collaboration for digital and information literacy.
Now a hub for recreational activity, the 77-year-old UFCU Alumni Gym was renovated and expanded to include new sports and fitness facilities and the Campus Recreation offices.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel received a beautifully transformed exterior and interior renovation, with liturgical furnishings custom created by local artisans. Seen in the left background is the new Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, ’62 Campus Ministry Building.
Adjacent to the chapel and Campus Ministry Building, the new Claire Kolodzey Memorial Garden provides a peaceful setting for meditation and reflection.
Renovations to our iconic Main Building include repairs to the roofing, windows, interior spaces, limestone façade and bell tower, and upgrades to the heating and cooling system.
Support for Student Programs
Programs like Campus Ministry’s Service Break Experience, Topper Radio, the University Chorale, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Campus Recreation and many more received annual assistance to help provide students with a well-rounded educational experience.
The Campaign for St. Edward’s University began July 1, 2007, and ends June 30, 2017. We thank our donors for helping to create new possibilities for Hilltoppers. We’ll continue to count contributions and commitments made through June as part of our Campaign total. Your gift is greatly appreciated. Here’s how to give.