Leo Benavides

Title: Financial Aid Counselor  

Alma mater: St. Mary’s University 

Hometown: Ben Bolt, Texas 

Favorite spot on campus: Under the bell chimes behind the Marianist Residence 

Favorite spot in San AntonioLuther’s Cafe 

Contact  Leo at:  
Phone: 210-436-3141
Email:  rbenavides1@stmarytx.edu

What was your favorite part of attending St. Mary’s?  

My favorite part was the welcoming environment from the Marianists, especially for minority groups.  

Why did you choose to attend St. Mary’s?  

I wanted to go to St. Mary’s after I fell in love with campus, then made my decision after I received a great scholarship. 

What is your favorite St. Mary’s tradition?  

It would probably be singing the Marianist Doxology in English and Spanish. 

Do you have any pets?  

Yes, I have a cat named Kyo. 

What would you do if you won the lottery?  

I would pay off my student loans, as well as my roommate’s. I would also create a scholarship for LGBTQ+ students. 

What is the most interesting place you’ve traveled?  

The most interesting place I’ve visited is Oahu, Hawaii. I had the chance to visit our sister university, Chaminade University, and it was so beautiful.  

What’s your guilty pleasure?  

Binging anime and Switch games are two of my guilty pleasures. 

What would your personal motto be?   

I learned this from one of Marianist Brothers: 

“Live life, poco a poco.” 

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