Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit

Making a Difference Scholarship Benefit

As we face a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, our tuition assistance program is more important than ever. Families are facing challenges and hardships that could not be predicted. The needs are greater than ever. Ensuring these students can stay at Mercy and providing support to our incoming families is our highest priority.  Making A Difference furthers our mission of educating young women of all economic backgrounds.  Mercy girls need your support to remain at Mercy or to become a member of the Class of 2025. 

Our goal for this year is to raise $300,000 in financial assistance for our students.  To learn more about Making A Difference, to become a sponsor, or make a gift of any amount, go to

This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Vashti Sinigayan ‘99.  Vashti is a graduate of the Class of 1999. She received her undergraduate degree at San Jose State in Health Science - Health Care Administration/Public Administration and Public Policy, and then went on to receive her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Vashti has a broad background in Human Resources and currently works  for the University of California San Francisco as a Staff HR Manager.  Vashti is a Mercy girl through and through, and will share with us how Mercy has made a difference in her life.

We will have two student speakers this year:  Asupa Mila ‘21 and Jenna Canicosa ‘21. 

Asupa is involved in all aspects of Mercy life, representing Mercy as a student ambassador for Admissions, welcoming and supporting our new students as a Link Crew leader, and participating as a two-sport varsity athlete in basketball and track & field.  Since the 5th grade, Asupa has been involved with the Peninsula Bridge Program, which provides ongoing support for highly motivated, underserved students through college graduation. Outside of the classroom, she works for the SF Parks and Recreation Dept as a Public Service Trainee during the COVID-19 pandemic and this has been an extremely meaningful experience for her.

Jenna transferred to Mercy Burlingame upon the closure of Mercy SF at the end of her junior year.  Jenna is an AP and Honors student and was elected to the Senior Council this year.  Jenna is active in Mercy student life - she is a two-sport varsity athlete in volleyball and track & field, and is also a member of the Mercy Media Club and the Filipino Club.   Outside of the classroom Jenna has been involved with AIM High as a student, volunteer, and as a high school teaching intern. Aim High is a free summer learning and enrichment program serving middle school students in high-need communities who have limited options, but unlimited potential. 

This year we will celebrate with and honor the four Catherine McAuley Award-winning former Sisters of Mercy Principals: Sr. Marguerite Buchanan, Sr. Janet Rozzano, Sr. Amy Bayley, and Sr. Rosann Fraher. These amazing Sisters span five decades of Mercy leadership from 1969 to 2003! 

We need your support now more than ever!

  • Mercy tuition for 2020-21 is $24,155  
  • 38% of Mercy students receive financial aid with awards ranging from $2,500 to $17,000
  • Tuition assistance has increased from $1.4 million in FY 20 to nearly $2 million in FY 21
  • 100% of your donation directly supports a Mercy student on financial aid


Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to partner with us this year as a Making A Difference sponsor. To make your contribution online, please click here.

Sponsorship Levels:

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor*
$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor*
$5,000+ Gold Sponsor*
$2,500+ Silver Sponsor*
$1,500 Presidential Sponsor*

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
$600+ Blue & White Sponsor
$300+ Crusader Sponsor
$150 Friend of Mercy

Donations of all amounts are deeply appreciated


All Sponsors will receive recognition on Mercy’s website and publications.

For additional information, please contact Mary Lund, Director of Advancement
at 650-762-1190 or

Watch the Recorded LiveStream!

Photos from Past Benefit Dinners

 "No work is more productive of good to society than the careful education of women."   

Catherine McAuley
Sisters of Mercy

Making A Difference
Steering Committee

Kelli Benz P '11, '12
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02
Caroline Romeo ' 15
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, P '99
Mary Lund P '06, '08
Carol Fraher