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

For alumnus, home is wherever Saint Leo is.

Homecoming Weekend is the perfect time for Saint Leo alumni to come home for a visit. But what about alumni who didn’t study at University Campus? That’s not an issue for Tony McGee ’06, 08, who took his classes at Saint Leo’s MacDill Education Office. For Tony, home is always as close as the nearest alumni.

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Dr. Marion

Dr. Marion “Marni” Giannini Dailey ’68

Dr. Marion “Marni” Giannini Dailey ’68 Endowed Scholarship


Dr. Marion “Marni” Giannini Dailey ’68 established an endowed scholarship to help students like herself achieve dreams that at one time seemed impossible. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who has not been a high achiever in high school but shows potential.

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Cohn-Whiting Endowment for Catholic-Jewish Studies group

The Cohns and the Whitings

Cohn-Whiting Endowment for Catholic-Jewish Studies


Douglas and Maureen Cohn are well-known in the Tampa area for their generosity to cultural institutions and Jewish organizations. Paul and Gail Whiting, a Catholic couple, are also oriented toward giving and education. Both couples became inspired by the humanity and dedication they encountered in an interfaith educator. Now they have together taken a creative step to benefit the Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.

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John Bienkowski

John Bienkowski

Class of 1968


John Bienkowski ’68 has some advice for members of the Class of 2017 as they join the ranks of Saint Leo University’s 80,000-plus alumni. He offered that same wisdom to his own class in 1968 as well as a challenge to be proud of Saint Leo and give back to the university.

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The Caldwells

Barbara and Bobby Caldwell

Rosalie M. Johnson Endowed Scholarship


Dr. Barbara Caldwell, economics professor and chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, was just a child when she learned about giving from the example set by her mother. Today, she and her husband have honored her mother’s memory by creating the Rosalie M. Johnson Endowed Scholarship.

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Ellen Pagliaro

The McCarthys


Charlie ’67 and Mary Pat ’68 McCarthy met at Saint Leo College in 1964 and have been married for more than 52 years. Today, they share a love for one another and for their alma mater.

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