Being a Greehey Scholar goes beyond our classrooms, service sites and professional development events. As scholars, we are involved in every aspect of the St. Mary’s community and campus. We live as leaders even when following; we work diligently and engage in the classroom, support and lead organizations and events, and even set an example for campus life in the residence halls.
Part of our commitment to both St. Mary’s and San Antonio involves being active leaders at all times. To this end, we devote our time to help the San Antonio community by serving with various organizations such as Each One Teach One, San Antonio Youth Literacy, St. Vincent de Paul’s, and many others. We participate in campus-wide service initiatives and events. This enables us to forge a stronger connection between the Greehey Scholars Program, St. Mary’s University, and the community that surrounds us. We are also involved in group service projects including Habitat for Humanity St. Mary’s Chapter and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
Since the Greehey Scholars Program started in 2006, it has undergone constant improvement. These improvements are made according to the choices of the director, as well as the opinions of the scholars themselves, who play an important role in the continuing management and growth of the program. These improvements are made both in order to improve the Greehey Scholars Program for the students, as well as to better echo the Marianist traditions of faith formation, integral quality education, family spirit, working for service, justice and peace, and adaption and change.
As a Registered Student Organization, the program has a structure of officers who plan and organize events such as the orientation and manage fundraising efforts. Officers also elect chairpersons for committees to provide input and leadership opportunities for scholars in events like the service immersion trip.
Watch the video below to see how the Greehey Scholars Program is impacting the lives of students participating in this dynamic program.
Suzanne Oliva, J.D.
Greehey Scholars Program Director