Endowed Gifts

A healthy endowment is the key to the future strength and success of Benilde-St. Margaret's mission of to provide an exceptional Catholic education. Also, deeply rooted in our values is to guarantee access and affordability to this education. Your gift to the endowment enables BSM to demonstrate this value and successfully execute our mission.

Endowed gifts $50,000 or greater, paid over a span of time, can be named to honor a beloved individual or class year. Creating an endowment is easy, as we can accept gifts of cash or securities, outright or deferred through a planned gift.

An investment well worth it
Through the generous support of partners such as you, 20% of our current students receive some tuition assistance, allowing them to experience the value a BSM education offers. Unfortunately, there are many more students who qualify for tuition assistance that we cannot fully meet. A gift to an Endowed Scholar Award means more students will have the chance to enrich our community for years to come.

How does an endowed gift differ from annual giving?
Endowment gifts are invested. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used each year to provide for immediate tuition assistance. The principal funds are not spent and ensure indefinite support for BSM. Annual Fund gifts, by contrast, are spent in the same year it is given and is used entirely to support the operating budget of BSM.

Questions?
If you would like to learn more about how you can support our students by donating to an existing fund or establishing your own scholar award, please contact Michael Charles at 952.767.9341 or mcharles@bsmschool.org

BSM acknowledges the contributions of the following donors who enable students to receive financial assistance:

Mark Gonsior Memorial Scholar Award

Established by the Gonsior family in loving memory of Mark Gonsior, Class of ‘89.  The student who receives this award will demonstrate the following traits and values – honesty, pride and leadership in both academics and athletics.

Elmer Kopp Memorial Scholar Award

Established by the Elmer Kopp family, this award makes a BSM education more accessible to those lacking the means to fully fund the cost required to attend. The award, given annually, will provide financial support and encouragement to a deserving student with demonstrated financial need.

LaVigne Memorial Scholar Award

The LaVigne family established this award in loving memory of Kevin LaVigne, a member of the Class of 1972. This award is given annually to support a student who demonstrates leadership in the classroom, the community and athletics.

Alec Lawrenz Memorial Scholar Award

The Lawrenz family established this award in loving memory of Alec Lawrenz, a member of the Class of 2016. The student who receives this award will display interest and creativity in the fine arts, writing or peer mentoring.

Melissa Luther Scholar Award

The Luther Family Fund established this award in honor of Melissa Luther, Class of ‘12.   The student who receives this award will display traits and values Melissa upheld – honesty, pride, leadership and participation in both academics and activities. 

Rudy Luther Scholar Award

The Luther Family Fund established this award in honor of Rudy Luther, Class of ‘06.   The student who receives this award will display traits and values Rudy upheld – honesty, pride, leadership and participation in both academics and activities. 

Marian Scholar Award

The Marian Fund was established in 2013 through anonymous gifts from an alumni parent and a BSM staff member. This award is given annually to a student who demonstrates leadership and character in the classroom, the community and athletics.

Jane & John McNeill Scholar Award

Grateful for the education and experience their daughters received while at Benilde-St. Margaret's School, Jane and John McNeill have created this fund to ensure access to the same exceptional educational experience. Given annually, this award maintains a diverse student community by providing financial support and encouragement to students who otherwise lack the means to fully fund a BSM education.

Melsen Family Scholar Award

Greg and Barbara Melsen established this fund in gratitude for their children’s experience at BSM and to help make a Catholic education more accessible to others.  The students who receive this award will demonstrate the following traits and values – honesty, pride and leadership. 

Ryan Family Scholar Award

This award is given annually as a result of the Ryan family’s generous support of Benilde-St. Margaret's School and our mission to educate future global leaders. The students who receive the award will display diligent preparation for graduation while maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5.

Stephen & Karen Sanger Scholar Award

Established by the Sanger family to foster a diverse student community by providing financial support to students with special needs. The Stephen and Karen Sanger scholar award is given to a BSM student with a documented learning disability or special needs.

Munn Scherer Memorial Scholar Award

Established by the Scherer family in loving memory of Munn Scherer.  Just as their parents made it possible for them to attend and thrive at Benilde-St. Margaret's School, the Scherer brothers have ensured the same for deserving BSM students who lack the means to fully fund a BSM education. Given annually, this award allows BSM to maintain a diverse student community by providing financial aid to eligible students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity.

Anne Simonett Memorial Scholar Award

The Shea and Simonett families established this award in loving memory of Anne V. Simonett. The student who receives the award will demonstrate interest and creativity in the fine arts, speech, and/or debate.

St. Margaret's Academy Scholar Award

Established to honor the alumnae from St. Margaret’s Academy, the SMA fund’s purpose is to support and encourage an economically, culturally and ethnically diverse student body at BSM. This award is to provide the financial support and encouragement to a deserving minority student.

Warren & Mary Lynn Staley Scholar Award

Warren and Mary Lynn Staley established this fund in gratitude for their children’s experience at BSM and to help make a Catholic education more accessible to others.  The students who receive this award will demonstrate the following traits and values – honesty, pride and leadership. 

Dr. Bob Tift '71 Scholar Award

The Dr. Bob Tift Award was established in honor of Dr. Tift’s 23 years of service in the BSM community.  This award is designed to assist students to receive a Catholic education at BSM regardless of financial resources.

Fr. Arnold Weber Memorial Scholar Award

The Fr. Arnold Weber Award was established in honor of the late Fr. Weber who had a tremendous impact at BSM, first as a teacher and later as President. This award makes a Catholic education at BSM education more accessible.

Kathleen Weiler Memorial Scholar Award

William and Judith Weiler established this fund in loving memory of their daughter Kathleen Weiler and to help make a Catholic education at BSM more accessible to others.  The student who receives this award will demonstrate the following traits and values – honesty, pride, and leadership.

Wexler Multicultural Scholar Award

Established by Sidora and Maximillian Wexler to support and encourage a diverse student community at Benilde-St. Margaret's School.  This award is to provide the financial support and encouragement to a deserving minority student or a student with physical impairments. 

Marian "Ma" Williams Memorial Scholar Award

The Marian “Ma” Williams fund was established through the generous support of those who knew and loved her. Ma, as she was known, served as school cook for over 20 years, and treated all the students at BSM as if they were her own. In recognition of Ma’s willingness to help those in need, this award is given annually to a student who demonstrates the values that Ma encouraged and taught – concern for others, honesty, and hard work.