St. Mary’s University plans to offer a new scholarship for students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is made possible with a $1.7 million donation from the estate of Robert and Hildegard Moore, the school said Tuesday.

“Through this gift of assistance to our next generation of students, St. Mary’s University will continue supporting the faith and ministry that formed an integral part of the Moores’ lives,” St. Mary’s President Thomas Mengler said. 

The Moore estate previously donated $950,000 to the University of the Incarnate Word to fund scholarships. Robert Moore, who died in 2019, worked in the foreign service, and Hildegard Moore, who died in 2016, was active in ministries at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

St. Mary’s donation from the Moore estate is part of the university’s capital campaign to raise $150 million. The campaign’s initial goal was set at $130 million, but the university announced in November it met that goal two years early.

So far, St. Mary’s University has raised $138 million. The campaign that launched in 2017 will go help fund more than $50 million in new scholarships and nearly $12 million in lab and classroom space.

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.