Benefactor pledges $1 million for St. Mary’s undergrad scholarships

A benefactor has pledged $1 million in his estate to the Robert Wood, S.M. Scholarship Fund, which has assisted incoming undergraduates and freshmen at St. Mary’s University since 2007. The gift will also create a new endowed scholarship for St. Mary’s students in honor of the donor’s parents.

The donor, a St. Mary’s alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous, provided an explanation for his bequest.

“It’s not about me; it’s about the students, who are the lifeblood of this community,” he said.

But it also was about the people who inspired him when he was a student at St. Mary’s. Brother Wood was one such person. He joined the St. Mary’s community as a Sociology professor in 1972, was the University’s sole archivist from 1991-2010 before retiring, and recently celebrated his 70th year as a Marianist brother. He left a lasting impression on the donor – and the donor is simply returning the favor.

“Brother Wood is a wonderful man and an embodiment of Marianist values and education,” he said. “I hope my contribution will help his scholarship continue supporting the needs of St. Mary’s students so that they can receive a premier education and become leaders in their community.”

For more information on making a gift through your estate plans please visit our gift planning website at plan.stmarytx.edu or call Rick Kimbrough at 210-436-3791.


St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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