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



Heartfelt giving crosses generations and barriers

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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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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