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A Lasting Legacy

Location: 3230 Alameda

David '74 and Fran McNamee '68

"I guess it makes me feel that in some small way, I am helping to fulfill God's purpose for me", was David McNamee's response when asked how establishing a scholarship fund made him feel.

David and Fran further elaborated by saying, "A good education is a permanent asset that enriches for a lifetime.  We were both helped getting ours, which enables us to help others.  We are glad this program exists so that we can begin this process before we die and live in the glow of helping others."

Several years ago, David was talking with one his exercise buddies when he got the idea that he and Fran could:


•    positively invest in the future
•    establish a legacy that perpetuates their shared value of education
•    demonstrate their appreciation of all they have received through
     their Santa Clara  University education
•    experience the joy of their philanthropy today


They established the David and Fran McNamee Endowed Scholarship Fund which benefits one male and one female student majoring in the Natural Sciences or Engineering each year.  This gift was initially funded through stock that had appreciated, providing a tax savings and charitable deduction for David and Fran.  The remainder of the Endowed Scholarship will be funded from their estate, providing the McNamee's full control and benefit of their assets during their lifetimes.


Married in the Mission Gardens, Fran and David are each graduates of Santa Clara University and San Jose State University and they both retired from telecommunications.  An avid gardener and quilter, Fran also continues to be active in the Society of Women Engineers.  David is a judge for national philatelist shows. 


They understand the benefit of receiving financial support during college as they both worked hard support themselves through school.  They hope that students who receive their scholarship award receive some financial relief to free them to enjoy their time as college students. They know too well the financial costs for higher education and this gesture is a way to 'pay it forward' for the benefits they received from their education.

Santa Clara University students today are benefiting from the McNamee's selfless gift, and David and Fran have the satisfaction of connecting to SCU through the students their scholarship supports which will continue to make a difference – forever. 

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