Santa Clara University

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Campaign for Santa Clara: A Celebration of Excellence

The largest, most ambitious fundraising effort in the University’s history, the Campaign for Santa Clara, ended December 31, 2006. The goal was $350 million in gifts and pledges over four years, dedicated to three main endeavors: supporting a community of scholars, integrated education, and capital resources. The Santa Clara community made a clear commitment to these objectives, raising more than $404 million to usher the University into the 21st century, ensuring educational opportunities for future generations.

Teaching and Scholarship

Approximately one quarter of total campaign gifts funded student scholarships. Some 70 percent of Santa Clara students receive financial aid, including merit-based awards recognizing academic achievement, so the increase in endowed and expendable scholarships is welcome indeed.

Sal Gutierrez, a University trustee, established a scholarship that granted 19 awards in the 2006–07 academic year. The awards all went to students who, like Gutierrez himself, are from single-parent households. Though Gutierrez did not attend Santa Clara, he believes it to be “the best Catholic university on the West Coast.”

This was complemented by more than $30 million to support faculty scholarship and teaching excellence. The 12 endowed professorships and the six endowed fellowships created during the Campaign will help Santa Clara attract prominent intellectual leaders with talent and vision.

Integrated Education

Gifts to support integrated education programs, such as those provided through our Centers of Distinction, totaled almost $60 million. The Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, and Markkula Center for Applied Ethics all received contributions to their interdisciplinary projects, ranging from social entrepreneurship to immersion trips to pharmacogenomics.


Business School Under ConstructionThe most immediately visible results were in capital projects: a baseball stadium, a Jesuit residence, a new home for the Leavey School of Business, and a state-of-the-art Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library. Stephen Schott Stadium and the Jesuit Residence were completed during the Campaign, along with an automated system to house the library’s collection of volumes and allow access to these resources during construction. The library and business school will open in 2008.

The library secured three major gifts from Lorry Lokey, the Sobrato family, and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation. Lokey, a local business leader, has also given an additional challenge grant, which he sees as an investment, not a donation. “I’d like to see Santa Clara’s image grow,” he says, “and to see a continued improvement on the quality of education for men and women from all walks of life.”

New SCU library under construction
The Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library, replacing the Orradre Library at the center of campus, is scheduled to open during the spring quarter of 2008. At the end of 2007, the exterior was nearly finished, including the signature Mission-inspired stucco on the facade.