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College Gives Special Thanks for Contributions to Student Scholarships

April 10, 2006 -- The Los Angeles Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Fletcher Jones Foundation were recognized by the Mount at an April 7 luncheon for recent contributions toward student scholarships as part of MSMU's $45 million Invest in the Mount Campaign.


The College honored numerous individuals and foundations during the lunch for contributing to both endowed and annual scholarships. The College counts more than 100 endowed scholarships, which are created with a minimum contribution of $30,000. Scholarship names are permanently displayed on the College's endowed scholarship wall, and scholarships are listed in the annual President's Report.

The CSJ province notified the College of its gift in December when it presented the first installment of $150,000 on a $750,000 campaign pledge for the Mount Campaign. Sister Mary McKay, CSJ, a 1967 Mount alumna who is now the provincial superior as well as a College trustee, presented a ceremonial check to MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud during the luncheon at the Chalon Campus.

“We thank each sister for this enormous gift,” Doud said during the event.

“Eighty years ago some sisters built a building in the Santa Monica Mountains and taught here and served here,” Sister Mary said, referring to the College’s 1925 founding by CSJs. “We’re just so proud of the Mount, and we love this College.

“We are very pleased that we have managed our resources in a way that we can give them away and share them with the students,” Sister Mary said.

The Sisters have always reached out to women to help them better their lives. They are determined to open doors for academically promising young women, including those from economically disadvantaged families.

Christine Sisley, executive director of the Fletcher Jones Foundation, presented a ceremonial check representing the $500,000 the organization contributed to augment its endowed scholarship.

"I consider myself a cog in the wheel making good things happen, and I'm honored to represent the foundation," Sisley said. "We believe that the support of independent colleges is the right thing to do."

The College has designated $19 million of its Campaign goal for student scholarships and program enhancement. More than 90 percent of MSMU students qualify for financial aid. A successful campaign will nearly double the College’s scholarship potential, allowing MSMU to increase both the number of scholarships and the amount of assistance offered to students.

For information about creating a scholarship, please contact Stephanie Cubba, vice president of Institutional Advancement, at 213-477-2766.

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