Saint Mary’s EastBay
Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Assisting East Bay students obtain a college education at Saint Mary’s College

Annual Meeting, Social Hour, & Dinner

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
cocktails, dinner, and a keynote from the Saint Mary's community
speaker: Dr. Frances M. Sweeney, PhD., Class of 1986

Giving back to the Saint Mary’s College community

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.

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The EastBay Scholarship Fund helped make my Saint Mary's education possible. By attending my first Fund dinner as a freshman, I met the person who would eventually give me my first job. My career was started at that dinner and I wasn't even aware of it. What a gift. Now, it's my turn to pay it forward!
It’s a gathering of the Gaels. Our oldest attendee is from the class of 1947. Our youngest will graduate in 2017. If you believe in the Great Books and a liberal arts education, you will feel at home, regardless of when you attended Saint Mary's College.
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.


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.

The Fund is grateful to its benefactors who provide for the continued
student assistance through the EastBay Scholarship Fund.