Mary McElroy
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

By Rachel Robertson, Class of 2012

As a small town girl living in Robertsdale, Mary McElroy has always dreamed of living in the big city, and now she finally has her chance. Accepted to Barnard College in New York City, Mary has certainly made McGill-Toolen proud. Her hard work and leadership are exemplified not only through a rigorous course load but through varsity soccer and multiple clubs as well. Lettering in a varsity sport her junior and senior year, Mary has learned what balancing a schedule really means. Her commute to school takes an hour, and her soccer practice and homework often grow overwhelming. She explains that taking on so many responsibilities has taught her how to discover what is important in life: school, soccer, family, and friends. Even with athletics and academics, she always makes time for a social life. She credits McT for her Catholic education that readies her to face any challenge that may arise in the future. Devoted not only to God but to school as well, Mary serves in the Ambassador Club, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Hi-Q Team, and The McGillian newspaper, using her impressive intellect to give back to McGill. She eagerly accepted the challenge of five AP classes her senior year, ultimately graduating with a 4.17 weighted GPA and 32 on the ACT. Becoming a National Merit Commended Student and voted Ideal Graduate of McT, Mary became the desired student of every college; she received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, was accepted to the Honors Program at Boston College, and was accepted to Fordham University where she was offered the Deanís Honor Scholarship. Despite all of her options, Mary was most attracted to Barnard College, where she will attend this upcoming fall majoring in environmental biology.

Development

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The Annual Fund was established to encourage and recognize the loyalty and support of alumni, parents, grand parents and friends of McGill-Toolen. Annual Fund gifts, which are unrestricted (meaning the donors allow McGill-Toolen to determine how the money will be used), relieve the burden on tuition and assist with McGill-Toolen's daily needs.

Your Annual Fund gift helps fund important areas such as:

  • Teachers Salaries - we are striving to reach our goal of parity with public schools
  • Endowment - part of your contribution will go towards the McGill Foundation, our nest egg for long term financial stability.
  • Continuing educational opportunities for faculty
  • New or unanticipated needs for classroom supplies and technology updates
  • Financial resources for student enrichment programs

Facts about Annual Giving:

  • Contributions are tax-deductible
  • It does not pay for capital improvements
  • It is not part of the Scientia pro Amore Dei Capital Campaign
  • This year's goal is $325,000

Gift Categories:

  • Portiers Circle $2,500 and up
    • Culture and Cuisine, an intimate evening of fine food and entertainment by the Chamber Singers and jazz ensemble
    • Invitation to Founder's Dinner
    • Name on permanent plaque in McGill lobby
    • Gold Pass (free admissions to on-campus events excluding football)
    • McT Tervis Tumblers/recognition gift
    • Homecoming Thank You party
    • Listing in the Annual Report
  • Founder's Society $1000 and up
    • Name on permanent plaque in McGill lobby
    • Invitation to Founder's Dinner
    • Gold Pass (free admissions to on-campus events excluding football)
    • Homecoming Thank You party
    • Recognition gift
    • Listing in the Annual Report
  • Archbishop's Society $500-$999
    • Invitation to Founder's Dinner
    • Gold Pass (free admissions to on-campus events excluding football)
    • Recognition gift
    • Listing in the Annual Report
  • President's Club $250-$499
    • Gold Pass (free admissions to on-campus events excluding football)
    • Homecoming Thank You party
    • Recognition gift
    • Listing in the Annual Report

Match Your Annual Fund Gift Using Matching Gift Funds

If you or your spouse work for a company that matches gifts to educational institutions, you can multiply your gift to McGill-Toolen. See your human resources office for a matching form, fill it out, and send to McGill-Toolen with your Annual Fund gift. Ashley McDonald is our matching gift coordinator (251) 441-0809.

Contacts

Kim Dunne
Director of Development
(251) 445-2910
dunnek@mcgill-toolen.org

Marian Watts
Alumni Director
(251) 445-2913
wattsm@mcgill-toolen.org

Kathy Killion
Foundation Director
(251) 445-2939
killiok@mcgill-toolen.org

Paul Knapstein
Director of Enrollment
(251) 445-2934
Knapstp@mcgill-toolen.org


Office Manager
(251) 445-2912


Mary Kay Rasp
Secretary
(251) 445-2911
raspm@mcgill-toolen.org