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  •  2,973 Donors Go
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  •  2013 Senior Gift Sets a Record

    The Class of 2013 set a University record for the Senior Class Gift with 50.7% of the class – 560 students – making a gift in honor of their SCU experience.

    The Senior Class Gift had added impact with a challenge match: For every percentage of that class that gave back, an anonymous alumni couple donated $1,000. With the match, an extra $50,000 was raised for the Santa Clara Fund.

    Supporting today's students, the Santa Clara Fund provides assistance in four specific areas: scholarships; academic programs, such as research and hands-on learning opportunities; international study abroad and immersion trips; and student initiatives for on-campus organizations to develop new programs.

    Congratulations to the class for their achievements and generosity!

    Learn more about Senior Gift.

  •  SCU Alumni Meet $1M Leavey Challenge

  •  Leavey Challenge Donor No. 9,000

  •  Sprinksgiving Celebrates Graditude

  •  10 Things We Love About Being Broncos

    There are a million reasons why Broncos love Santa Clara. Here are some that we hear all the time:

    10. Being warmly welcomed into the Bronco campus community

    9. Enjoying the beauty of campus — everyday and everywhere

    8. Going to mass in the Mission with friends and classmates

    7. Making friends and connections for life

    6. Cheering for the Broncos in Buck Shaw, Leavey, and Schott

    5. Sharing meals with friends in Benson

    4. Connecting with Jesuits as teachers, mentors, and inspirers

    3. Learning how to think, not what to think

    2. Becoming part of the Bronco family — for life

    1. Joining together to win the Leavey Challenge

  •  $1 Million Leavey Challenge for SCU Underway

  •  Class of 2012 sets record

    The Class of 2012 set a University record for the Senior Class Gift with 41.8% of the class – nearly 500 students – making a gift in honor of their SCU experience.

    The Senior Class Gift had added impact with a challenge match: For every percentage of that class that gave back, an anonymous alumni couple donated $1,000. With the match, an extra $41,000 was raised for the Santa Clara Fund.

    Supporting today's students, the Santa Clara Fund provides assistance in four specific areas: scholarships; academic programs, such as research and hands-on learning opportunities; international study abroad and immersion trips; and student initiatives for on-campus organizations to develop new programs.

    Congratulations to the class for their achievements and generosity!

    Learn more about Senior Gift.

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  •  From SCU to Uganda

    The project that took Sammy Pontrelli from SCU to Africa started with a conversation at his dinner table.

    “A seminarian from Uganda who was eating dinner at my house asked if I could help him fix the problem of getting running water in his village,” said Pontrelli, a bioengineering major who graduated on Saturday.

    Pontrelli started the student club Project Kizzi , named after the village in Uganda, to build a water distribution system and start an economic development and micro grant program. Support for the project and many other student clubs was provided by the Santa Clara Fund.

    Though his work with Project Kizzi, he has inspired many students at Santa Clara University to get involved in projects concerning Africa. Now that Project Kizzi has completed its work, Pontrelli and the club have joined with Energy Made in Uganda. He will make his third trip to Uganda this summer to work installing solar panels.

    Please continue to support student clubs and campus initiatives, make an online gift to the Santa Clara Fund.  Thank you for your support of current students, and their projects that make a difference in the world.

  •  Race to Raise surpasses 21%

    With a tremendous response in the last weeks of the fiscal year, Santa Clara is pleased to announce that the University surpassed its goal for alumni giving participation.

    A record-setting 8,145 alumni (21.42%) made a gift to the University. This result represents the third consecutive year that Santa Clara has increased its alumni participation rate, and we have experienced a 50% increase in the number of alumni donors over these past three years. In addition, significant gains were made in new gift commitments. All of these achievements translate into more support for today’s students and those in the future.

    We are grateful to all the passionate Bronco supporters and all the great volunteers who helped make this possible.

    Click here for more information on alumni participation.

  •  How Alumni Giving Helps Students

    Learn how Santa Clara students benefit from alumni giving in this one-minute video.

    Please consider supporting current students by making an online gift. Give by June 30 to help Santa Clara reach 8,100 donors.

     

  •  Giving SCU a Show

    Graduating senior Gracelyn Bateman had an idea. But to pull it off, she needed some help.

    After seeing “N*W*C” twice in Southern California, she was excited to share the three-man show that presents a humorous perspective on negative racial stereotypes with her fellow Broncos. She reached out to the Santa Clara Fund to help bring the play to campus.

    “N*W*C” made its Mayer Theater debut in April to a packed house of 600 students, faculty, and staff. Financial support provided by the Santa Clara Fund and other campus organizations allowed students to attend the production for free.

    “One of the most memorable experiences I have had at Santa Clara was my involvement in bringing the play ‘N*W*C’ to campus this year,” Bateman said. “This event allowed for the continuation of an important discussion about race relations, stereotypes, and labels—ultimately promoting greater unity on campus. I’m grateful for the support to bring this important event to SCU.” 

    “N*W*C” was one of the many student initiatives sponsored by the Santa Clara Fund this year. Please continue to support students and campus initiatives, make an online gift to the Santa Clara Fund.  Thanks for your support of current students, and their ideas.

  •  Elizabeth Mercado's dream

    Elizabeth Mercado’s dream was to be the first engineer in her family.

    She needed help though.

    “When it comes to paying for my education, I can only turn to my own two pockets,” Mercado says. “So every penny, dollar, and scholarship is appreciated tremendously by my family and me.”

    This Saturday, Elizabeth’s dream will become a reality when she graduates with a civil engineering degree. On the way, she was co-president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, studied abroad in Pueblo, Mexico, and traveled to Nicaragua for her Senior Design Project, designing a sanitation and wastewater recovery system.

    Her story wouldn’t have been possible without help from alumni and friends of SCU. Please continue to support students and their dreams, make an online gift to the Santa Clara Fund.  Thanks for your support of current students.

  •  Santa Clara Fund supports pilgrimage

    Some of the many student experiences supported by the Santa Clara Fund are opportunities for international travel, including study abroad, immersion trips and other University-led journeys.  The Santa Clara Fund designated dollars to help fund a journey last year for eight students and two Jesuit leaders to travel to Magis and World Youth Day in Spain.

    “Our eighteen-day pilgrimage was full of reflection and discovery,” said Jack Treacy, S.J., director of Campus Ministry, who accompanied the students on the trip along with Paul Mariani, S.J., assistant professor, history. The experience allowed SCU students an opportunity to deepen their faith through service projects, fellowship with other students from around the world, and spiritual events including prayer with Pope Benedict.

    The pilgrimage began with students attending Magis, the Ignatian program for groups from Jesuit institutions held prior to the weeklong Catholic gathering for World Youth Day. Two Santa Clara seniors – Kate Flannery ’12 and Felipe Yerkes-Medina ’12 – led a workshop on volunteerism during Magis. After spending the first few days in Loyola, Spain, the birthplace of St. Ignatius, the Santa Clara delegation divided into two groups. One group spent a week in Burgos, Spain, reflecting on creation and evolution through science, theology and art. The other groups spent time in Malanga, Spain, connecting ecology and spirituality.

    Then the Santa Clara students and other Magis pilgrims reconvened for World Youth Day in Madrid, where the searing heat during the day and the thunderstorms at night couldn’t dampen their spirits as they prayed with about two million others from 192 countries.

    “We want to thank the Santa Clara Fund for making this pilgrimage possible,” said Fr. Treacy. “We recognize now more than ever what it means to be a part of the SCU community.”  

    Pictured in photo: Students on the trip included Kate Flannery ’12, San Antonio, TX; Felipe Yerkes-Medina ’12, Seattle, WA;  Zachary Shikada ’12, Honolulu, HI; Brenna Donnellan ’13, San Rafael, CA; Andrea Martinez ’13, San Francisco, CA; Melissa Crapps ’14, Anchorage, AK; Mary Helen Mack ’14 Portland, OR; and Amanda Weiler ’14, Eugene, OR. Pictured with the students are Fr. Mariani (back row, far left) and Fr. Treacy (back row, fourth from left), who accompanied them to Spain.
     

  •  SCU grad beats the odds and succeeds

  •  Meet student Judith Martinez

    For Judith Martinez ’14, the Santa Clara experience encompasses so much more than what prospective students might read about in an admissions brochure or on the SCU website.

    “There is a magnetic electricity on our campus that I find not only attractive, but also invigorating,” according to Judith, who is majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Economics and Communications. “Be it walking past friendly faces in our Benson dining hall, shuffling about with friends from class to class, or simply looking around at the sea of red Ruff Rider t-shirts at a game – there is something about Santa Clara that breathes life into its students.”

    The sophomore from Southern California recently shared her experiences at the President’s Club Dinner, an annual event honoring alumni, parents and friends who demonstrate their commitment to Santa Clara University by generously contributing a total of $1,000 or more annually. Judith expressed her thanks to the generous donors who have made it possible for her to have many enriching experiences in the classroom and beyond.

    During her two years at Santa Clara, she has been a visible advocate for the University in a variety of roles: serving as a freshman representative for Associated Student Government; providing guidance for incoming students over the summer as an Orientation Leader; and giving campus tours and representing the student body to campus visitors as a Student Ambassador. Alumni and parents might receive a phone call from Judith when she’s working in the on-campus Student Call Center to secure donations for Santa Clara. She even pulled a shift perched on the stern of a crew boat while serving as coxswain for the Women’s Rowing Team her Freshman year.

    Her most recent endeavor is founding a chapter on campus of a new club called Strive For College SCU. Gathering a group of current Santa Clara undergraduates as mentors, the organization partners with a local low-income high school to guide junior and senior students through the process of applying, enrolling and paying for four-year colleges and universities, the majority of which have Santa Clara as their top-pick school.

    She looks forward to further academic and personal growth in her remaining years at the University. Judith explains, “Santa Clara inspires and motivates a will to believe in not only the skills and talents of oneself and others, but also what impact such skills are capable of accomplishing.”

    To read the full text of her remarks to the President’s Club, click here.

    To see a video featuring Judith and other students offering thanks for the Santa Clara experience, click here.

  •  President Engh, S.J., Speaks at Tech Awards


    On October 20, President Michael Engh, S.J., spoke at The Tech Awards 11th Annual Gala on behalf of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society association with the prestigious international social entrepreneurship awards program.

    Fifteen international laureates were recognized for their work to combat complex issues in the environment, education, equality, health, and economic development. Since the inception of the tech awards program, presented by Tech Museum of San Jose and sponsored by Applied Materials, 245 laureates have been recognized for their humanitarian applications of technology.

    We invite you to watch highlights from the inspiring evening and nominate candidates for the 2012 Tech Awards.

     
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