Money given by Society members is fundamental to the experience enjoyed by current St Mary’s students. Specific donations and endowments fund the Travel Bursaries and part fund the SMCS Book Fund, but most of the money donated by Society members is placed within the Development Fund, unless it is assigned to a specific priority determined by the donor. The Development Fund sits inside the college Trust and was established under the direction of Jenny Hobbs and is administered by the Development Committee.
This committee meets each term to consider applications which may be made by any current student, student leaders, or college officers. This fund is chaired by the Principal with representatives from all Common Rooms, the Society and College management.
In recent years this fund has financed a wide range of applications, which have included grants for gym equipment, musical instruments, , choir stalls, a modern PA system, plasma TVs for the JCR & MCR, a new flotilla of boats for the boat club, kit for newly established sports teams, grants to support student visits, equipment for the Arts Society, and the development of the Eco Garden. These grants have been essential to enable Mary’s students to gain skills that are essential for graduates entering contemporary employment and society.
Some news of the college community that is supported by this funding is to be found in the annual newsletter.