Since 1907, San Marcos Academy has helped thousands of students reach their personal potential by focusing on
our mission “to educate young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values.”
The Academy Development Office is committed to supporting the schools mission by nurturing relationships with
alumni, friends, parents, foundations and the local, national and international communities with which we interact.
To fulfill our mission, we rely on the generous support of those who believe in San Marcos Academy and who share
our desire to offer excellence to all the students we serve.
You can make a tremendous difference in the life of a San Marcos Academy student. Please
or visit our office to find out how you can invest in the future of San Marcos Academy.
In order to apply your gift properly, please enter ID, if known (not your SSN). Otherwise, please enter your phone number or e-mail address that we have on file. Then press the Identify button. For your privacy, the result will be an abbreviated form of your contact information.
Ways To Give
Cash gifts are immediately available to the Academy for both donor designated or undesignated
purposes. Cash gifts tend to be the most common means of philanthropy. Cash contributions are
simple and tax-deductible.
Gifts of Securities, Real Estate and Personal Property
Transferring securities, either stocks or bonds, allows you to make a gift to the Academy and
receive a charitable deduction equal to the full fair market value. You may also avoid paying
a capital gains tax on your charitable contribution.
Gifts of real estate can have benefits for both the donor and the recipient. You may give real
estate as a current gift and receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of
the gift. Gifts must meet certain criteria in order to be accepted by the Academy.
Planned Gifts and Bequests
Charitable estate planning is your way of making a difference in the lives of Academy
students through your will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity or other
plan. Charitable Remainder Trusts, Gift Annuities, Charitable Lead Trusts and other life
income plans offer substantial tax benefits. Gifts of life insurance allow donors to
contribute assets no longer needed for family security.
For more information on bequests, including sample language, please refer to our
Pledges (Commitment of Intent to Make a Gift)
Campaign credit will be given for pledges paid within a three-year period. Commitment gifts are
usually designated to a specific fund or program; there are 3 ways to make a commitment of intent;
Periodic cash gift making a gift by sending in or e-mailing a commitment form to the Academy.
Authorization by credit card
Electronic Funds Transfer.
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to make charitable contributions.
Check with your employer regarding matching gift programs.
Memorials and Tributes
Through a memorial or tribute, you have the opportunity to recognize those who have made an impact
on your life. This type of gift is a sincere way to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a
relative, friend, teacher or student.
Gifts may be given on-line through the Academy's web site.
Click the Giving Options button above to see the online giving options.
Endowment Gifts create a source of permanent support, generating annual income to fund general or specific
needs. Named endowments are created with gifts of $25,000 or more.
Gifts in Kind
Gifts in kind is a kind of charitable giving in which, instead of giving money to buy needed goods
and services, the goods and services themselves are given. By law, SMA cannot provide a donor with
the “dollar value” of gifts in kind this value needs to be professionally assessed
and certified elsewhere, and that is the responsibility of the donor.
From Endowed Scholarships to Excellence Funds,
every gift makes a difference.
Take this opportunity to support SMA students.
If you are interested in discussing any of these options further, we will be happy to meet with you, your
spouse, and financial advisor.
For more information, contact
or call our development office at 512-753-8008.
San Marcos Academy
2801 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
The Academy Scholarship Society:
Making a Difference in the Lives of Students
... at San Marcos Academy
The Gift of a Lifetime ...
For many Academy students, the importance of financial aid
cannot be overstated. By providing deserving students with the funds they
need to attend the Academy, our donors are sharing the gift of a lifetime.
It is a gift that opens the doors to academic and spiritual discovery ...
to deepened knowledge and self-esteem ... to greater dreams and the courage
to follow them ... and to a treasure of memories that will last forever.
Endowed Scholarships or an annual commitment to financial aid support continue
to be some of the most significant ways to influence the lives of students. By
establishing an Endowed Scholarship at the Academy, a donor can provide ongoing
benefits for the student receiving the financial assistance while keeping the core
endowment principal intact to fund future years of assistance. An Endowed
Scholarship truly is a gift that can touch a students life today, tomorrow, and
in years to come.
How to Establish an Endowed Scholarship ...
Many donors choose to memorialize or pay tribute to a friend or loved one
through the establishment of an Endowed Scholarship. At San Marcos Academy a
scholarship fund is considered to be fully endowed when it reaches $25,000. It
is at this point that the fund can begin to provide assistance to a student from
the interest generated. You may fund an endowment with the Academy through a
one-time gift of $25,000 or over a period of 5 years with an initial gift of
$5,000, with the understanding that it will not become a named endowment until
the balance reaches $25,000.
Endowed funds may be funded with a tax-deductible, charitable contribution of cash or securities.
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage their employees to make charitable
contributions. Matching gifts are a great vehicle for donors to maximize the impact of their
gifts to Endowed Scholarship funds. Corporate matching programs will vary, so if you are
interested in the availability of this program, you should check directly with your employer.
For each Endowed Scholarship fund, the Academy will preserve the fund as a permanent fund;
invest and manage the fund; and use the distributed earnings as designated by the gift agreement
and based on the Academys endowment earnings distribution policy. Donors will also receive a
personal letter and photo from the recipient of their endowed earnings and are encouraged to visit
the Academy to meet the student personally.
The Academy Scholarship Society
When your cumulative gifts to an Endowed Scholarship Fund or the annual Financial
Aid Fund reach $25,000, you will become a member of the San Marcos Academy
Scholarship Society at the Laurel Circle level. As your cumulative gifts to
scholarships increase, you will be honored with membership in these additional
recognition levels of the Endowed Scholarship Society:
Laurel Circle ($25,000)
Torchbearers Circle ($50,000)
Emerald Circle ($75,000)
Gold Circle ($100,000)
Platinum Circle ($150,000)
Diamond Circle ($200,000 or more)
Additionally, each Endowed Scholarship Society member will be invited to our
membership appreciation dinners, where you are able to meet the recipient of your
endowed earnings and see first-hand the difference that your gift has made in the
life of that student.
The Impact of Your Gift
At San Marcos Academy, we want every young person who is seeking a Christian,
college preparatory education from SMA to have the opportunity to attend our
school. But a first-class, private education comes at a cost. Currently, the
tuition and fees for a day student are about $10,000 per year; for a boarding
student, the cost increases to $27,000 per year. An Endowed Scholarship Fund of
$25,000 will generate anywhere from $1,000 to $1500 in assistance for a deserving
student. As the balance of an endowed fund grows, the more it will generate. At
the $200,000 level, an Endowed Scholarship Fund will produce enough interest to
assist several students with smaller amounts of aid or to cover the full cost of
attendance at SMA for one day student.
The more our Endowed Scholarship Funds increase, the more students we are able to
help. We never want to turn down a young person whose dream is to attend San Marcos
Academy; and with endowed scholarship and/or annual financial aid gifts from generous
donors like you, we will never have to.
If you wish to establish an Endowed Scholarship Fund
at San Marcos Academy,
or if you would like to contribute to the Annual Financial Aid Fund,
please contact the Academy Office of Development
at 512-753-8008 or
A Alumni Association Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Leadership -
An endowed scholarship given in honor of Jeannette Tippit Caldwell, Class of 25,
by her son, Clifton Caldwell, Class of 50, friends and alumni. Preference will
be given to a child or grandchild of an Academy alumnus, based on
excellence in academics, character and leadership.
B Belcher Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Mr. Billy C. Belcher,
Class of 1973.
Brittian Dudley Bell, Jr., Memorial Endowed Scholarship An endowed scholarship
given in memory of Brittian Dudley Bell, Jr., a 1939 graduate of the Academy, by
his wife, Jerry D. Bell, also an Academy graduate in 1937, and their son Brittian
Dudley Bell III.
Bobbie Massey Byrom Endowed Scholarship The Bobbie Massey Byrom Endowed Scholarship
was given in honor of Mrs. Byrom by her husband and children in appreciation for her
distinguished service as the Academy's First Lady from October 1965 to May 1996.
Jack E. Byrom Endowed Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by the family and
friends of Jack E. Byrom, Academy President 1965-1996.
The Mary Elizabeth Byrom Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Dr.
and Mrs. Jack E. Byrom, other members of her family, and friends in memory of Dr.
Byrom's mother, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Byrom.
C Cavness Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by family and friends
of Dr. Raymond M. Cavness, president of San Marcos Baptist Academy, 1931- 1943.
Cessna Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Gerald and Elizabeth Cessna.
Mr. Cessna was the Director of Admissions at the Academy from 1972-1997.
Ernest E. and Sally J. Cummings Endowed Scholarship An endowed scholarship given
in faith by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cummings of San Marcos.
Ernest and Sally Cummings Endowment for Learning Skills This endowed fund is used
for the development and general support of the Academys Learning Skills Program.
Ora and J.D. Cummings Memorial Endowment Fund An endowed fund given by Ernest and
Sally Cummings and family in memory of the parents of Ernest Cummings.
The Robert Lawrence Chandler Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Chandler, in memory of their son, a member of the
class of 1980.
D Lorraine and Jesse Allen Derrick Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship made
possible by Nancy and Don Mafrige 55, Ron Mafrige 55, Steven Mafrige 54, Jon
Hampton 57 and his sister, Hanna Drago, and his aunt Ruth Lofton. Contributions from
other exes have also helped endow this scholarship in memory of Reverend J. A. Derrick,
who taught at the Academy, and Mrs. Derrick, who was dean of the Lower School Boys.
E Martin C. Eckhart Endowed Scholarship The Martin C. Eckhart Endowed Scholarship was
given in memory of Mr. Eckhart, Class of 1936, by his wife and family.
The Bennie Ellis Endowed Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Mr.
and Mrs. Benjamin Head in memory of Miss Bennie Ellis. Mr. Head was a member of the
class of 1956 and was a member of the Academy faculty from 1978 to 2004 and 2007-2008.
F Folkes Endowed Scholarship Given by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Folkes to be awarded
annually to an Academy day student.
The Guy and Ruby Foster Endowed Scholarship A legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Foster,
this scholarship is administered by the Baptist Foundation of Texas.
The June Edgar Foster Scholarship Given by E. A. Mannie Foster, Class of 25, in
memory of his wife, Class of 26.
G Gibbs Scholarship An endowed scholarship for boys provided by the estate of the late
Colonel C. C. Gibbs of San Antonio.
Greive Scholarship This scholarship is presented to a National Honor Society Member
by the National Honor Society for assistance with tuition for a one year period.
Leslie James Greive, Jr. Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by family
and friends in memory of James, a 1984 graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy.
H Jesse and Opal Henderson Endowed Scholarship Given in memory of Opal Henderson and in
honor of Jesse Henderson, a former Academy student and former trustee.
Hunt Scholarship An endowed scholarship provided by the estate of Mrs. Estelle Hunt
of Pittsburg, Texas.
J Jamail Endowed Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Lee and Joe Jamail. Lee Jamail
is a graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy, Class of 1944.
Bob Jennings Memorial Scholarship Given by his wife, Karen Jennings, family,
friends, and alumni in memory of Robert Bryan Bob Jennings - Coach, Teacher
and Mentor at SMA from 1976-1993.
Bess Jones Endowed Scholarship Given in memory of Mrs. Bess Jones, by her
daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Britt Bell and other family and friends.
Mrs. (Jerry) Bell is a 1937 Academy graduate and Dr. Britt Bell is a 1939 graduate.
Zella Hartness Landfair Endowed Scholarship Given by Mrs. Zella Landfair.
M Mafrige Permanent Endowment Scholarship - An endowed scholarship given by Carolyn and
Steve F. Mafrige, Class of 1954, Ron Mafrige, Class of 1955, and Nancy (Mauney) and Don Mafrige,
both of the Class of 1955.
Ron and Linda Mafrige Endowed Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Ron Mafrige,
Class of 1955, and his wife, Linda Mafrige.
W. Archer Maley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Given in memory of Mr. Maley, Academy
Class of 1920, by Mrs. Maley, their family and friends.
Bill Joe May Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Rev. and Mrs. E.V. May in
memory of their son, a former Academy student killed in action in World War II.
Kyle McCain Scholarship An endowed scholarship given in memory of Mr. Kyle
McCain, former Academy counselor, by his family and friends.
William McNiel Scholarship An endowed scholarship made possible by his wife,
sons, and friends in memory of "Brother Mac" who served the Academy for 40 years.
Arvin C. and Lola B. Melton Scholarship An endowed scholarship
provided through the estate of Lola B. Melton as a tangible way to further the gospel
of Jesus Christ with the prayer that it will assist some young person to have the benefit
of attending the Academy.
Thomas Morgan Memorial Endowed Scholarship Given by Charlene Dowsett
Morgan, Academy Class of 1939, in memory of her husband Thomas Morgan.
Alexander Muniz Memorial Endowment Fund - An endowed scholarship given by his parents,
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Muniz, in memory of their son Alexander (Alex) Muniz, a member of the
class of 2006.
O Charles and Michela Occhipinti Endowed Scholarship - The Charles and Michela Occhipinti
Scholarship was given by Madeline Occhipinti Sciacca, a 1948 graduate of the Academy, in memory
of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Occhipinti are the parents of five San Marcos Baptist Academy graduates.
P Nedra Lee Power Memorial Scholarship Fund Alumni, family and friends established
a scholarship fund in memory of Nedra Lee Power, wife of Captain Joe Power, former
Commandant of Cadets and member of the Academy staff.
CPT Paul Pena Memorial Scholarship - An endowed scholarship given in memory of CPT Paul W. Pena
by friends, family and alumni. CPT Pena, a member of the SMBA Class of 2000 and a 2004 graduate
of the U.S. Military Academy, was killed in action in Afghanistan in January 2010. This
scholarship will be presented to a high school student who has previously attended SMBA,
maintained a minimum of a 2.0 GPA (3.0 preferred) and exhibited loyalty, integrity and
leadership qualities. The recipient's character must be representative of SMBA values.
Preference will be given to a JROTC cadet.
Pirtle Scholarship An endowed scholarship for boys and girls given by Mr. George
Pirtle, geologist, banker and outstanding churchman of Tyler, Texas.
Pruitt Memorial Scholarship Administered by the Baptist Foundation of Texas, the
funds supporting the scholarship came from the estate of the late Avelah and Bernice Pruitt.
R William "Bill" Rallis Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by his family and
friends in memory of Bill, a 1977 graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy.
A.W. "Dub" Riter, Jr. Endowed Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by the
Rogers Foundation and named for A.W. Dub Riter, Jr., a 1941 Academy graduate. This
scholarship is awarded to an Academy student or applicant who demonstrates superior
achievement and potential as well as financial need.
James D. Rogers Endowed Leadership Scholarship - An endowed scholarship given in memory
of LTC James D. Rogers by friends, family and alumni. LTC Rogers, a distinguished veteran
of 23 years in the U.S. Army, served as Senior Army Instructor and later Commandant of the
Corps of Cadets at the Academy from 1976 to 1992 and continued to teach and hold other
administrative positions at SMA until 2002.
Robinson Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by the late Mrs. Velma Robinson,
a former Academy trustee and benefactress, of Edna, Texas.
S LTC Truett Lee Scarborough and Alma May Scarborough Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship given in honor of Mrs. Alma May Scarborough by her step-son,
LTC Truett Lee Scarborough as an expression of love and in recognition and appreciation
for her providing the opportunity for him to attend the Academy.
The Clara Scott and Jimmie and Janet Scott Endowed Scholarship - An endowed scholarship
in memory of Mrs. Clara Scott's Christian life and in honor of her son and daughter-in-law,
Jimmie and Janet Scott.
Katherine A. Shultz Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by the
Academy family and friends in loving memory of Katherine A. Shultz Coach, Dean
of Girls, and Director of Guidance at SMA from 1957-1997.
T Mary Thedford Memorial Endowment Fund An endowed scholarship funded by
Mrs. Mary Thedford from Edna, Texas. Mrs. Thedford was a long time friend of Mrs.
Velma Robinson and San Marcos Baptist Academy.
W The Gertrude Williamson Endowed Scholarship Given by Gertrude Williamson, a
former Academy student. Preference is given to a student who is actively involved in
an Academy music program.
Mary and Billy Windham Scholarship An endowed scholarship given by Mary and
Billy Windham. Mary Windham taught at the Academy from 1978-1999. This scholarship is
intended for a person who has just completed the freshman Pre-AP English class at SMA.
The James L. “Jim” & Theresa H. “Mitzie” Wittliff Endowed Scholarship -
An endowed scholarship given by Jim Wittliff, Class of 1956, and his wife, Mitzie.
Y Herbert A. Yarbrough, Jr. Scholarship An endowed scholarship in memory of Mr.
Herbert (Herb) A. Yarbrough, Jr., a dedicated community leader whose interest in
and contribution to San Marcos will long be remembered.
Walking around the beautiful campus of San Marcos Academy, one cannot help but
notice the scores of engraved pavers and plaques placed by trees, benches, planter
areas, and other structures around campus. These pavers and plaques are the means
by which alumni, friends and supporters of the Academy have chosen to honor and to
remember their loved ones in a pleasing and permanent way.
Following is information about two programs the Academy offers to honor and remember
others with a lasting campus gift. For further details on these or any other naming
opportunities, please call 512-753-8008 or contact
Planting a memorial tree on the Academy campus is a lovely way to celebrate the life
of a friend or loved one. The Academy benefits through campus beautification and the
remembrance of those who were a vital part of the Academy and the lives of her students.
Alumni and friends who return to honor the memory of a loved one often relate heartwarming
stories, providing inspiration to those dedicated to the mission of San Marcos Academy.
The cost of donating a tree is $1,000. Checks, payable to SMA should be mailed to
San Marcos Academy, marked Attention Alumni Relations, to 2801 Ranch Road Twelve,
San Marcos, Texas 78666.
Those who donate memorial tree are asked for guidance in wording the plaque. Madeline De Long,
director of alumni relations, is available to consult with you as needed. Turn-around time for
the manufacture of the plaque is approximately 23 months. You may mail, fax or email the plaque
inscription for your memorial tree to my attention. Receipt of the plaque is crucial to the
timing of the dedication date.
A current list of memorial trees are provided on
and the approximate locations of our current memorial trees are noted on
New locations are determined based upon the amount of water available to the area. The bur oak
is our tree of preference; bur oaks are native to the area and tend to thrive in our climate.
We can discuss the location of your tree when you are ready to place your order.
After the tree and plaque are ordered, a dedication date can be determined. The dedication is
an important event for family and friends. Mrs. De Long will be happy to discuss the dedication
setting, whether it is an intimate setting or a more public dedication to include Academy
students and faculty. We will also request biographical information on the person being honored
for the dedicatory program. You may wish to remember your loved one with a song, poem or prayer;
we will rely on your guidance in planning the dedication ceremony.
Alumni Plaza Naming Opportunities
Our Alumni Plaza was dedicated in the fall of 2007 to commemorate the centennial of the founding
of San Marcos Academy. The central feature of the plaza is the beautiful white fountain, which
was first installed on the Academys original campus as a gift from the Class of 1922. Situated
around the fountain are planter areas and benches as well as four light posts; these light posts
are also artifacts from our original campus. Additionally displayed in the plaza are the original
1907 cornerstone from Carroll Hall and the Founders Stone that was erected on the original campus
in 1931 to honor our first president, Dr. J. H. Carroll.
The fountain, planter areas, light posts, and benches have been sponsored by generous donors as
(click here for a list of
the our plaza sponsors).
Two planter areas and one bench still remains as naming opportunities. The planter areas can be
purchased for a gift of $5,000 and the bench can be purchased for $5,000. Please contact our
development office for more information on these items.
Also surrounding the fountain in the plaza are a number of brick pavers honoring our alumni.
Regular-sized pavers may be purchased for $100 to honor or memorialize any former student of
San Marcos Academy. Proceeds from this ongoing project fund the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.
To order a paver, please download
and send in with your payment of $100 to
Development Office (512-753-8008)
San Marcos Academy
2801 Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
A few larger-sized pavers are also available for sponsorship for a cost of $250. Please download
and send it in with your payment of $250 to the address above or call the Development
Office for more information.