Patricia Cribbs ’85 made her first donation to Mount Saint Mary’s in 1985, right after she graduated from the nursing program. Philanthropy was a value she was raised with. “My parents said, ‘The Mount changed you. Think of the Women’s Leadership Program. Think of how much your professors gave to you. Why not continue that giving?’”
Her little seed gift has blossomed into a lifelong passion to support the University. At this year’s Scholarship Celebration, Cribbs was presented with the Unstoppable Supporter Award for her commitment to help the Mount and its students achieve success in their endeavors.
Mount Saint Mary’s has woven threads of friendship and giving throughout her life. At her first job at LAC + USC Medical Center she met Vivian Burgess ’52, who recognized Cribbs’ Mount nursing pin and the two struck an instant friendship. Two years later, when Cribbs enrolled in the nurse practitioner program at the University of San Diego, she met Natalie (Harris) Martinez ’79, who was also enrolled and lived only a block away from her. And Sr. Carlotta DiLorenzo, CSJ, whom Cribbs knew from Chalon Campus Ministry, ran the Campus Ministry at USD. “My life is a series of chance encounters with the Mount that have confirmed my path,” she says.
Cribbs has worked as a family nurse practitioner in the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in Rancho Bernardo, California, since 1997. That same year, she was invited to be a Mount Associate. When Cribbs became a Mount Regent in 2006, she attended her first scholarship luncheon. “I was in awe of all the scholarships available for students and wanted to be part of that scholarship family,” she says. “But I thought I would have to retire first. I didn’t realize I could make it happen right away.”
In 2018, she took the leap and began the Patricia A. Cribbs Expendable Nursing Scholarship. “I realized that every scholarship is helpful, big ones and small ones, even if it is only $200 or $500. Students are overwhelming grateful to have received the gift.”
Throughout the years, Cribbs has also supported the University in other ways, including a COVID-19 fund, the Mount Fund, Mount Giving Day and renovation projects at Chalon.
“I’ve always been willing to give wherever the need is greatest,” she says. “But the Scholarship Luncheon is one of my favorite events because I get to see the quality, the professionalism and the strength of Mount students. The Mount changed my life and to see that continue is wonderful.”