The Gearan Scholars
Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.
"In honor of the extraordinary tenure of President Mark D. Gearan and the impact that Mark and Mary Gearan have had on the Hobart and William Smith and Geneva community, the Board has established the President Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan Endowed Scholarship. The Gearans appreciate - in real terms and based on their own experiences - the imperative to provide access to a Hobart and William Smith education that prepares students to lead lives of consequence. In their honor and for everything they have done for the Colleges and our students, the recipients of these scholarships will forever be known as Gearan Scholars."
- Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan
The hallmark of President Gearan’s tenure at Hobart and William Smith has been his steady focus on increasing access so that more students – no matter their economic background – can attend the Colleges.
Endowed scholarship funds make the enriched learning opportunities at Hobart and William Smith available to bright, motivated and engaged students – regardless of their ability to pay.
By supporting the President Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan Endowed Scholarship, donors are empowering new generations of students who will take their education and go on to lead lives of consequence.
All gifts made to this endowed fund will be included in Reunion class giving totals. Contact Leila Rice, Associate Vice President of Advancement, at (315) 781-3545 for details regarding planned gifts or gifts of $50,000 or more. For general gift questions, please call the Office of Advancement at (315) 781-3700.
SUPPORT THE GEARAN SCHOLARS
Today, we invite members of the HWS community to make a lasting imprint on the Colleges with a gift to the President Mark D. and Mary Herlihy Gearan Endowed Scholarship.
The Gearan Scholars will be the recipients of the President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan Endowed Scholarship, an endowed fund that individuals can contribute to in any amount.
This legacy will be a reminder of the good fortune we have had during these past 18 years when the Gearans called the Colleges and Geneva home.
Those who are 70 1/2 years or older can contribute to the Gearan Scholars through a documented planned gift. Gearan Scholars gifts must be made during the 2017 Fund Year that ends May 31, 2017.
Donor recognition will occur at the Saturday evening gala at Reunion in June 2017. In addition, a scholarship report on the Gearan Scholars will be produced in the fall.
HWS Financial Aid Budget
Recognizing that affording a college education can be daunting, since 1999 and thanks to the investment of donors, the Colleges’ financial aid budget has more than doubled, going from $19.7 million in 1999 to $49.6 million today.
Students gather with Mary Herlihy Gearan (seated center) at the President’s House during one of her weekly Friday Open Houses.
"Throughout my life, a lot of people – including President Gearan – have recognized the potential in me and given me a chance. I want to pay it forward by giving back in whatever way I can."
– Dan DeNose ’10; Senior Manager, Newark Public Schools, Office of Family and Community Engagement
"Whenever I think of Hobart and William Smith, my heart swells and fills with the pride and love I have for my alma mater. My journey would not have happened without the scholarships I received and the personal guidance and confidence given me by President Gearan.”
– Augusta Williams ’13; Sc.D. candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health