Mar 29, 2017

St. Edward's University President George E. Martin and Joe DeMedeiros

The Campaign for St. Edward’s University Exceeds $100.2 Million (and Counting!)

St. Edward’s University is pleased to announce that donors have given more than $100.2 million through the Campaign for St. Edward’s University. Public support for priorities – such as endowed scholarships, academic excellence opportunities, campus and technology improvements, and annual operating needs – will continue until the June 30, 2017 campaign deadline.  

“From the start, we knew the $100 million goal was ambitious. But we also knew that our community deeply believes in our mission,” says university president George E. Martin, Ph.D. “Donors are opening doors to intellectual growth, moral reasoning and life-changing opportunities for our students at St. Edward’s,” said President Martin. “Their investment in the university is helping to transform the lives of students, and inspiring them to bring positive changes to their communities and the world.”  

St. Edward’s University Announces $1.5 Million Committed for The Dr. George E. Martin Presidential Scholarship Endowment

An important contribution to The Campaign for St. Edward’s University is The Dr. George E. Martin Presidential Scholarship Endowment. Unanimous financial support by the university’s Board of Trustees will forever extend President Martin’s vision for academic excellence at St. Edward’s. Now in his 19th year as president, Dr. Martin will see the fund’s positive impacts on the leading cohorts of Martin Scholars.

Some 40 donors have given more than $1.5 million to fund this scholarship endowment designed for students who are academically gifted, but who face financial hurdles. The scholarship endowment goes beyond providing tuition assistance. Martin Scholars will be given unique opportunities to increase their competitiveness for graduate school and other nationally recognized awards and scholarships. They’ll receive funding for internships, trips to present their research at academic conferences, as well as access to specialized workshops. 

Giving highlights:

  • More than 14,000 donors united to exceed the $100 million goal
  • 25 percent of donors are Hilltopper alumni, and alumni giving is a growing annual focus
  • Every year since 1999, at least 70 percent of university faculty and staff make gifts to the university.   
  • Established 40 new endowments, 33 of which are specified for student scholarships
  • Capital improvements made possible by donors include: construction of Munday Library, completion of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center with its state-of-the-art South building, improvements to Main Building (a registered Texas Historic Landmark and designated National Historic Site), renovations to Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, construction of the Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, ’62 Campus Ministry Building, and renovation and renaming of the University Federal Credit Union Alumni Gym.
  • The Campaign’s success means that more than $174 million has been donated to St. Edward’s since university President George E. Martin’s tenure began in 1999.

President George E. Martin and Trustee Carolyn Lewis  Trustee Carolyn Lewis (left) led fundraising efforts to establish the scholarship endowment in President Martin's name.