Mount Saint Mary College's annual Go Blue fundraiser recently earned more than $61,000 for a variety of departments and scholarships at the college.
This unique fundraiser allows participants to support what they love about the Mount. From Athletics to Campus Ministry and everything in between, many areas of the college benefited from the generosity of its friends, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Karen Eberle-McCarthy, professor emerita of Hispanic Studies at the Mount, donated a whopping $20,000 to establish a new scholarship at the Mount. It will support current junior and senior students with financial need from the City of Newburgh.
"Having spent 37 years teaching Spanish at the Mount and taken hundreds of students on immersive study abroad experiences, I have witnessed the incredible impact a college degree can have on young minds and their future success," said Eberle-McCarthy. "College graduates from the City of Newburgh are role models for their families and community, which is why I decided to establish a new scholarship. I see this scholarship as an additional bridge between Newburgh and the Mount. The college can't do this alone – we need more donors and more scholarships."
The fundraiser was the brainchild of Margaret Treacy, director of Annual Giving at the college.
"Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends of the college really came together to show their love and support for the Mount," she said. "I'm proud of what we were able to do with Go Blue and grateful that a new scholarship has been created for local Newburgh students, thanks to Karen Eberle-McCarthy's commitment to supporting local Mount students. I can't wait to see how all of the Go Blue participants will benefit from these funds to become more active students and more engaged members of our community."
To aid the Go Blue campaign, Mount President Jason Adsit's wife, Heather, agreed to go skydiving if the effort earned $50,000 or more. With that goal met – and then topped by an additional $11,000 – she will be taking the plunge in the spring of 2022.