Couple Provides Life-Changing Experiences for SCU Students

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Mike and Laura Naumes are making a difference for future SCU students by planning a gift through their estate.

For Mike Naumes '68, his earliest memories of Santa Clara University involve traveling from his family's home in Oregon to campus with his late father, Joseph Naumes '34.

While on campus, his father would often visit the Jesuits, with whom he had a strong affinity because of the academic scholarship and job he received from them so he could afford to return to SCU.

"My dad enrolled in 1928, but left after two years at SCU due to the Depression," Mike recalls. "He returned to college at the University of Oregon in the fall of 1932 and somehow through the grace of God, the Jesuit Fathers discovered him during a football game between the two schools. They immediately offered him a scholarship and a job to return."

Joseph's scholarship was the seed that blossomed into the family's long relationship with SCU. More than 75 years after his grandfather Joseph's graduation, Sean—one of Mike and his wife, Laura's, three children—graduated in June 2013. This brought the grand total of Naumes family SCU grads to 13. Mike's daughter Cynthia graduated from SCU in June 2012. "We feel that Santa Clara is part of our extended family," Laura says.

Impacting Lives
Although Mike and Laura have given back to Santa Clara for more than 30 years and will continue to do so, they recently decided to make a future gift from the assets in their estate. Naumes_web

"At this stage of our lives, a planned gift made the most sense for us. With planned giving, we could make a much larger gift, enabling us to include a number of departments that have affected and influenced our families," Laura says. Also, through their support of scholarships and financial aid, they "can make a huge difference in a student's life," Mike adds.

For Mike and Laura, there may be no greater example of the difference even one scholarship can make than their own family—and the scholarship that sparked three generations of life-changing Jesuit education.

If Mike and Laura's story has moved you to create your own legacy at Santa Clara, please contact the Gift Planning team at 408-554-2108 and giftplanning@scu.edu to learn more.

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the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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