As a scholarship recipient, Crystal Maria ’13 knows
that scholarships change lives. In 2012 she shared her
experiences with guests of the Saint Martin’s Gala. A
bittersweet and compelling story, her remarks moved the
audience to help raise more than $760,000 for future
"Individuals like you who support scholarship funds
for Saint Martin’s University give students like me a
chance to change their lives, live out their dreams and
set goals they never thought possible. Those who share
their generous spirit with Saint Martin’s send a message
'You are worth something. You are capable of
succeeding. I believe you can achieve what you set your
mind to, even if you don’t have the financial resources
to fund that personal journey.' "
"Please don’t think for a moment that you are not
capable of changing a life. Look at me: You have changed
mine, and you will forever change the lives, and
futures, of so many students like me. In doing so, you
shape the future of your communities."
Armandino '59 and Marilyn Batali
Rick and Pam Panowicz
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The 2013 Saint Martin's Gala
Thank you for making the 2013 Saint Martin's University Gala the
most successful, thus far!
This year, celebrity chef Michael Symon cooked up a smash-hit
celebration, with the key ingredient being YOU!
Because of your overwhelming generosity, the Gala raised $960,000
dollars -- a record-setting amount for the University!
We also broke records for attendance, with 604 guests, and we had
159 volunteers, most being current students.
What do these record numbers mean for the Saint Maritn's
communicty? Scholarships! All proceeds generated by this year's Gala
directly benefit scholarship funds, making a Saint Martin's
education accessible to many talented students.
On behalf of the Gala Planning Committee and the "Saints" who
will receive scholarships, thank you for being part of such a
Armandino Batali '59 and Rick Panowicz
2013 Satin Martin's Gala co-chairs
It's about the students!
Gala receipts benefit SMU scholarship funds
The Saint Martin’s Gala is a celebration of hospitality and
community. It's a time to see old friends, renew acquaintances,
savor delicious food and wine, and be entertained. But the
primary reason for our gathering is to support our students
educational journey through the advancement of scholarship
Scholarships are vital! They make it possible for hundreds of
students to attend Saint Martin’s every year. In this difficult
economy, as a college education grows increasingly out of reach
for ever more students and their families, scholarships help
make a degree from Saint Martin’s a reality for many. But, a
Saint Martin’s education is much more than a college diploma. It
is a unique experience that prepares individuals to take on
personal and professional challenges of the 21st century,
equipped with a set of ethics rooted in our Benedictine values.
Financial aid facts
- More than 95 percent of Saint Martin’s students
receive some form of financial assistance.
- In 2011-12, Saint Martin's University provided its
students with more than $10 million in the form of
grants, including individual and corporate donor-funded
scholarships, and the 2011 Gala Feed-a-Mind
- As a result, the Saint Martin’s student body
represents a rich diversity that distinguishes our
campus from many others across the nation. More than
one-third of our students come from underrepresented
populations, including first-generation college students
as well individuals from low-income families and
ethnically diverse backgrounds. Our University is one
where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.