Annual presentation of funds raised for scholarship by the Catala Club members. Pictured (L to R): Catala Club Chaplain Jack Treacy, S.J. '77, Vice President for University Relations Jim Lyons, 2021 Catala Club President Charlene Raisch '77, Bucky Bronco, AVP of Constituent Relations Mike Wallace
The Catala Club has a long tradition of selfless service and dedication to Santa Clara University. Our motto is Service, Support and Spirituality. Watch our Celebration of 90 Years of Serving the SCU Community.
On April 27, 1930, the Catala Club welcomed women of diverse backgrounds, occupations and faiths to become part of the Santa Clara University family and to contribute to the university’s educational mission. Initially, Catala Club began as a group of volunteers to assist the Jesuits with the needs of the Mission Church. We evolved into a women’s service organization dedicated to providing undergraduate student scholarships.
Today we are a group over 200 women who have a passion for a Santa Clara University Jesuit education. We hold monthly luncheons with speakers and special Liturgies held on campus or at local venues. We host a fall fashion show fundraiser and several socials which include spouses and friends.
The common thread is that we are dedicated women who believe in the value of a Santa Clara education. Through our fellowship, friendship, and fundraisers, we have 8 endowed scholarships which total over $23,400,000. An annual scholarship award of $29,000 serves 32 students.
We are Women Empowering the Next Generation.
SCU Catala Club Officers and Board of Directors 2021-22
The Catala Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September - June.
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Immediate Past President
Joan Cattermole (Monthly general meetings)
Katy Kelly (Membership, Anniversary Party Co-Chair)
Charlene Raisch (Chair, Past President’s Council)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
One-Year Board (voting power)
Lisa De Lusignan
Liason to Student Life — Athletics, Performing Arts, DeSaisset Museum
Board Meeting Refreshments
SCU Food Insecurity Program
Asst. Membership Chair
Social Media Coordinator
Two-Year Board (voting power)
Cathy De Maria
Co-Chair, Holiday Event
Media Distribution, Anniversary Party Co-Chair
ADDITIONAL APPOINTED POSITIONS
Administrator of Correspondence
ADVISORY BOARD (no voting power)
Fr. Jack Treacy, S.J.
President 2008-2010; 2014-15
SCU Development Office Liaison
Director, Social Media & Emerging Strategy
The Catala Club Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1930 by Father James J. Lyons, S.J., 100 years after the death of Magin Catala, O.F.M., who was known as "The Holy Man of Santa Clara." This scholarship provides financial assistance for deserving undergraduate students. Historically this scholarship partially supports 3-5 students each year.
The Paul Locatelli, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by the Catala Club to provide financial assistance to deserving undergraduate students. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1-2 students each year.
The William F. Donnelly, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1977 by Catala Club to provide financial assistance for deserving liberal arts students. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1 student each year.
The Catala Club Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of Emma Anderson was established on June 26, 2012, in memory of Emma Rita Shane Anderson. This scholarship provides financial assistance for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need in good academic standing. Historically this scholarship partially supports 16-18 students each year.
The Catala Club Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of F. Kreuzer and R. Kreuzer provides financial assistance for undergraduate students with financial need at Santa Clara University, with a preference for students in biology. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1 student each year.
The Catala Club Endowment Fund in Memory of Annette Bertram was established to provide assistance for undergraduate students with financial need at Santa Clara University. Historically this scholarship partially supports 1-2 students each year.
The Santa Clara University Catala Club Michael E. Engh, S.J. Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 to provide scholarships for undergraduate students and honor Father Engh's years of remarkable service and steadfast support of the Catala Club. This fund is expected to grant its first scholarship in the 2020-21 Academic Year.