By Laura Meyers, ’15
St. Bonaventure University today announced the establishment of the Mille Grazie Scholarship in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its 20th president, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.
Inaugurated in the fall of 2004, President Carney has steered St. Bonaventure through fundraising campaigns totaling more than $112 million, encouraged both academic excellence and community service in the University’s student body, and engaged alumni to assist with internships and job placement. In the past decade, the campus has also experienced its most dramatic physical changes.
To honor the president’s many accomplishments and milestone anniversary, the University has established the Mille Grazie Scholarship — pronounced Mill-aye Graz-ee-aye — which will help provide gap funding.
“Sr. Margaret often uses the Italian expression ‘mille grazie,’ which means a thousand thanks,” said Mary Driscoll, vice president for University Advancement. “The Mille Grazie Scholarship pays tribute to our Franciscan spirit and celebrates our president’s decade of mentoring, leading and strengthening the legacy that is St. Bonaventure.”
The developed scholarship would be aimed at students who, after receiving merit-based scholarships and other financial aid packages, face a significant financial gap in meeting tuition expenses. Students would apply for the scholarship through the Office of Financial Aid. Criteria for selection would include maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average.
The scholarship would help new students commit to an academic career at St. Bonaventure and would aid in retaining present students confronting otherwise insurmountable financial difficulty.
“Our goal is to raise $500,000 during the next five years for this scholarship aid,” Driscoll said. “We are honored to celebrate a decade of Sr. Margaret’s dynamic leadership. The establishment of the Mille Grazie Scholarship manifests the generosity and guidance that have become hallmarks of her presidency.”
President Carney is a member of the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.
She previously served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Committee on Education.
Her many honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from Business First of Buffalo for Women of Influence and the Citation Award from the National Federation of Just Communities—Buffalo.
Persons interested in contributing to the Mille Grazie Scholarship can do so online at
www. sbu.edu/millegrazie, or by contacting Mary Driscoll at (716) 375-2331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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