Thank you for your generosity.
Every day at St. Catherine University, we have the unique opportunity to do work that touches lives and impacts our community and world. This year, the launch of LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence presented a new, remarkable opportunity to support our students, their futures, and the enduring legacy of this institution. We are deeply grateful to donors like you, whose investment in the campaign has already created lasting impact and enabled us to continue providing access to an education that powers lives of meaning for students.
LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence
Instilling the Legacy of Excellence for Generations to Come
Excellence has been at the core of our work to achieve the St. Catherine mission since our inception, and is the epicenter of the $130 million University campaign we launched this spring. LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence is our commitment to further powering lives of meaning and preparing intelligent, bold, strong women to lead our world and influence change. To date, our supporters have generously invested nearly $80 million toward this goal, creating a lasting impact that will be felt by students for generations to come. This campaign will instill the next level of excellence into scholarships and programs for students, training and opportunities for faculty, maintenance and preservation of our beautiful campus, and support in the annual needs of students through the Katie Fund. St. Catherine University is the largest private women’s university in the nation and is poised to become an even stronger force for women’s education. Your support and investment in our students directly inform our success in achieving this goal. Thank you for being part of our St. Kate’s community and our powerful future.
Powering Lives of Meaning Through Access to a St. Kate’s Education
Access to an affordable education is one of most pressing issues for today’s students. With both tuition and student loan debt rising, students are left to make difficult financial choices that impact them for years to come. That is why paying it forward and investing in Katies through gifts to scholarship funds can a make a big difference. Currently, St. Kate’s awards 300 named scholarships annually —a number we hope to double through LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence, starting with the inaugural awarding of the Oedbauer Family Scholarship this past year. Established by nursing alumna Rose Oedbauer Gustafson ’43 in honor of her parents and her three sisters —also St. Kate’s nursing alumnae —the Oedbauer Family Scholarship Fund continues the family’s legacy and helps a Katie claim their education. These scholarships increase student access to a St. Kate’s education while reducing their financial burden so they can complete their degrees and increase their earning power. Thanks to the generosity of Rose Oedbauer Gustafson and our many other investors, St. Kate’s median undergraduate student debt for 2019 graduates was $27,389 —less than one year’s tuition and lower than the Minnesota college nonprofit average of $28,046. Our deep gratitude to Rose and all of our donors!