Donor Stories and Legacies


A Student Thank-You

John Mullaney ’13 and Anthony Reilly

John Mullaney ’13 is a recipient of the William F. Reilly Trustee Scholarship, which was established with an estate gift from the late Bill Reilly ’59. John recently penned this letter of thanks to Bill’s children.

In these challenging economic times, the beautiful partnership between the University, our students, and our benefactors is especially inspiring. The Notre Dame family is working together today for an even greater tomorrow.


Dear Jane Mount and Anthony Reilly,

I always wanted to go to Notre Dame. I wanted it badly, but in my head I always thought it was a long shot because I simply did not have the money. Because of your generosity I was lucky enough to come here, and I cannot fully express how grateful I am. My Notre Dame experience has been everything I dreamed it would be, mostly because the people here and those affiliated with ND are second to none. I look on the gift you have given as a loan, and I fully expect to pay it back when I can, by giving a young man or woman a chance to go to ND as you have given me.

John Mullaney