October 25, 2007
On May 4, the EastBay Scholarship Fund, which provides partial scholarships to students from Alameda and Contra Costa counties to attend Saint Mary's College, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. During that time, recipients have received a total of more than $1 million in financial assistance.
The Fund was established in 1955 when about a dozen alumni decided to help raise money for scholarships, said Richard G. Logan '42, who was among them. "We wanted to help the College," said Logan, "and we figured that there would be more people who'd go to Saint Mary's."
David Kelly '62, a member of the Board of Regents who has been treasurer of the fund for more than twenty years, said that he has long contributed to the scholarship fund not just to help student who come after him but also out of a sense of loyalty to the De La Salle Christian Brothers who run the College.
"It was a repay-the-debt sort of thing," said Kelly, "I remember as a freshman Brother Cassian Frye telling me that I had a responsibility to help the College. 'You may not have a legal obligation,' he said, 'but you do have a moral obligation.' Over time, I came to realize what that meant."
Contributors to the Fund celebrated its anniversary with a dinner on May 4 at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland. The occasion featured new Saint Mary's College President Brother Ron Gallagher, FSC, as guest speaker.
"It's a gathering of old Gaels. If you believe in the Great Books and a liberal arts education, you will feel right at home," said Randy Andrada, president of the EastBay Scholarship Fund.