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.


Contributing to our Children's Tomorrow

The McGill-Toolen Foundation was first established in 1978. It began as an organization dedicated to the promotion of alumni support for the high school and the creation of a diocesan office for the organized solicitation of funds. Under the original Foundation, the Catholic High Schools Alumni Association of Mobile (CHSAAM) was formed and the annual fund solicitation program began. In 1996, with the authorization of Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb, the McGill-Toolen Foundation was reconstituted for the purpose of addressing the need for stable, long term financial support for the school. The endowment value reached $1,000,000 in 1997 and has continued to grow with a share of the Annual Fund collections, the receipt of planned giving contributions and prudent investment of the endowment corpus in publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

The Foundation's investment program utilizes the services of a compensated institutional investment advisor and is overseen by a fifteen member board composed of active and retired professionals from a variety of fields.

Planned Giving

Do you want to help shape the future of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School? If so, you may want to consider making a planned gift. A planned gift is a gift given through your assets as opposed to your monthly income. The form of the gift could be appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance policy, bequest in your will, charitable trust, gift annuity, retirement account funds or an outright cash gift. In order to achieve its primary goal of providing long-term financial support for the school, the Foundation must look to supporters of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School for growth through planned giving. By making a planned gift to the Foundation you will be recognized with membership in the LIPSCOMB LEGACY SOCIETY and honored at the annual Founder's Dinner.


Memorial gifts to the Foundation meet two important needs. First, the gift allows you to express your feelings at the loss of a loved one and secondly, the gift supports McGill-Toolen's unique and time-honored tradition of educational excellence. Memorial gifts may be restricted or unrestricted. Appropriate cards are sent to the bereaved family indicating your memorial gift was made without disclosing the amount of the gift.

Memorials should be sent to the:
McGill-Toolen Foundation
1501 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL. 36604

For more information, contact Kathy Killion
(251) 445-2939 or email


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