College Priorities

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Saint Mary's has set philanthropic priorities that provide the agility to meet immediate needs and seize opportunities as they arise, while also building an endowment that will ensure the long-term stability of the College. 

Saint Mary's College

Unrestricted gifts made to Saint Mary's College provide the greatest flexibility and can be used to support our vision of becoming the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the western United States. Gifts to the Saint Mary's College Fund allow the President to respond to unanticipated opportunities that support the student experience and create a margin of excellence for the College.


Gifts made to scholarships at Saint Mary's College ensure that need-based financial assistance is offered to eligible undergraduate students annually, increasing the affordability of a Saint Mary's education for many families.

Galloping Gaels Fund

Gifts made to the Galloping Gaels Fund at Saint Mary's College support of our NCAA Division I Athletics program annually, including, but not limited to, funding of 3.1 full grants-in-aid and competitive enhancements as determined by campus leadership.

Fall 2020 Enrollment Incentive Scholarship Initiative

Gifts made to the Fall 2020 Enrollment Incentive Scholarship Initiative by July 1, 2020 will allow us to reach enrollment goals for Saint Mary's. We have a strong pool of admitted students who remain undecided and we are mindful that many of these students now have financial limitations and need some initial assistance that will allow them to commit to Saint Mary’s. We believe removing or reducing this obstacle will encourage students “on the fence” to take action.

Saint Mary's Endowment

Generous endowment gifts from alumni, parents, faculty and friends—and careful stewardship of their investments—are a vital component of Saint Mary's financial stability.

The endowment consists of assets that are invested for the long term to support the College's educational purposes. It is the cornerstone of our financial stability, representing funding that is not dependent upon enrollment, tuition or annual giving.

The College's endowment consists of approximately 300 individual funds established to support scholarships, professorships, programs and College priorities. The College's endowment operates similarly to a mutual fund, with donors buying "units" in the endowment investment pool.

For additional opportunities, contact the Advancement Office at (925) 631-4509.