Donor Stories

Saint Leo is grateful for all its donors. Gifts, both big and small, help ensure that Saint Leo has the resources that students need to succeed. In this section, you are invited to meet some of the many donors who give generously to Saint Leo, providing funds and expertise, as well as inspiration to others.

Donor Spotlight



Ellen Pagliaro: Giving Back Builds “Wave of Goodness”

Ellen Pagliaro knew Saint Leo was a special place and was an involved parent while her son T.J. ’16 was a student. Even after his graduation, she continues to sing the school’s praises.

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Ellen Pagliaro

Ellen Pagliaro

 

Ellen Pagliaro knew Saint Leo was a special place and was an involved parent while her son T.J. ’16 was a student. Even after his graduation, she continues to sing the school’s praises.

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Sheila McDevitt

Sheila McDevitt

 

Sheila McDevitt was a young girl when she first learned the importance of education from the Benedictine Sisters and Brothers who were her teachers. That foundation has stayed with her and enabled to achieve great professional success. To show her gratitude, Sheila has supported Saint Leo in so many ways—through service on the Board of Trustees, support of building campaigns, generous gifts, endowed scholarships, and countless hours of her time.

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The  Van Devenders

Barrie Van Devender ’80 and daughter Reggie (Class of ’19)

Van Devender Family Endowed Scholarship

 

For the Van Devenders, Saint Leo is a special bond their family shares. Barrie Van Devender ’80 was an airman stationed at the Langley Air Force Base when he earned his degree at Saint Leo’s Langley Office. Now, more than 25 years later, his daughter Reggie ’19 is a University Campus student and a member of the volleyball team. Both of them have seen the university’s core values in action, and they hope that many more students will benefit from a Saint Leo education for years to come. To that end, Barrie and his wife, Samantha, have begun a scholarship fund for student-athletes and provide regular financial support to the Lions athletics program.

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The Urtzs

Peter and Sharon Urtz

Harry J. Purchase Endowed Memorial Scholarship

 

When Peter and Sharon Urtz visited Saint Leo University last fall for a campus tour, they also brought with them a check to establish a scholarship in honor of his uncle, Harry Purchase, who was instrumental in initiating the hospitality program at Saint Leo College during the 1980s. The $75,000 donation will fund the Harry J. Purchase Endowed Memorial Scholarship to benefit students studying hospitality and tourism management.

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