Assisting East Bay students obtain a college education at Saint Mary’s College
The Saint Mary’s EastBay Scholarship Fund is the longest tenured alumni groups at Saint Mary’s College of California.
The Fund has provided scholarship assistance to generations of East Bay students to attend Saint Mary’s College.
Alumni, parents and friends have expressed their continuing generosity by providing assistance to benefit worthy students.
In 1987, to commemorate Saint Mary’s College's 125th birthday, members of the Fund conducted a fundraising campaign to purchase the original St. Mary's Mission Road Campus Bell from the Archdiocese of San Francisco.Read More
Over 60 years ago Brother President Thomas Levi guided Saint Mary’s College through a tumultuous period that overlapped the Korean War through the demise of Gael Football. Brother Thomas approached Joe Shally and a group of alumni and friends on behalf of students in need of financial assistance.
Many deserving students from the East Bay who had enrolled at Saint Mary’s could no longer afford to do so. Brother Thomas had to make the College more affordable. Enlisting the support of alumni and friends from Oakland, a group initially met in the cafeteria of St. Leo’s School. They agreed to sponsor a one-time only scholarship dinner, which was held on May 3, 1956 at the Claremont Country Club. From the proceeds of the dinner, a donation of $443 was made to assist one student. The remainder of the proceeds was invested in 27 shares of AT&T stock.
The camaraderie of the event was such that the gathering became an annual tradition for alumni and friends to meet and renew long friendships each year. Over the last 61 years the EastBay Scholarship Fund has provided financial support that would total an inflation-adjusted $2,400,000 to students from the East Bay to attend Saint Mary's College of California.