Philanthropists Joe and Kathy Garner have given the College a donation in the amount of $1 million, President Urgo announced recently. The money will be used to create the Joseph and Kathy Garner Endowed Scholarship Fund which, “will provide tuition and supplementary co-curricular support to academically talented, financially challenged students attending St. Mary’s College, with a preference for St. Mary’s Ryken High School graduates” according to a press release.
Joe Garner, ’74, is an alumnus of both St. Mary’s College and St. Mary’s Ryken High School (previously Ryken High School). Kathy Garner graduated from the University of Maryland and was a teacher in St. Mary’s County, where she and her husband lived before they moved to Florida. The Garners were happy to donate the money and to strengthen the connection between St. Mary’s Ryken and the College.
“This scholarship will pave the way for some of St. Mary’s County’s best and brightest students to deepen their roots in the community through their St. Mary’s College experience and eventually contribute to the growth and vitality of the community that has meant so much to my family and me,” Joe Garner said in the press release.
Urgo was pleased to accept the donation, noting its inherent alignment with the College’s mission – in particular, the commitment to providing an academically rigorous education to all students, including those with difficult financial situations.
“The Garner donation ensures full participation in the liberal arts experience by providing scholarship recipients the opportunity to attend St. Mary’s College and to learn beyond the boundaries of the classroom,” Urgo said in the press release. “The Garner gift as well emphasizes the commitment of St. Mary’s College to the students and families of Southern Maryland.”