Because of Maryvale


A few years ago, Maryvale launched a new capital campaign to support capital projects and to grow the school’s endowment, with a particular focus on scholarship funding. With an ambitious $11 million goal, the Because of Maryvale campaign was designed to be a transformational effort that would preserve the school’s rich heritage while securing its future. 

Today, we are proud to share that this historic campaign has raised surpassed its goal! Thanks to the tireless effort of our campaign volunteers and the extraordinary generosity of many alumnae/alumni, families, and friends, Maryvale has completed renovations that added new academic spaces on every floor of the Castle, including the second floor St. Julie Billiart Program wing; a new locker room complex in Maguire Hall and a dance studio in McCarthy Hall. In addition, the campaign has added ten new named endowment funds, more than doubling the size of Maryvale’s relatively small endowment.

As we enter this last phase of the campaign, we are confident that our goal is within reach. And we are particularly proud to note that the largest, lead gifts in this campaign have come from women philanthropists.

For a more personal look at the projects and the people behind them, we invite you to view our campaign update video above. It is a tribute to what our amazing students, faculty, alumnae, administrators, and donors have done and continue to do every day...Because of Maryvale.

For more information on the campaign, please contact Marianne Pfeffer, Director of Special Gifts.


Thank you to our generous donors! 

Laura Nolan Holden '02

Managing Director | Mergers & Acquisitions

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Part of the reason I'm so passionate about Maryvale is I'm a big believer in women and what we can bring to the table. Maryvale was the first platform to help me uncover that in a humble and confident way. I feel like everyone's potential is most unlocked when you can be your authentic self and I felt like I tapped into that early in my trajectory Because of Maryvale.

Sherry Pudloski '85

Executive Vice President

Principal Consultant, SNP Communications LLC

While many years have passed since my days at the school, the heart of the experience is the same, a great education in a kind and supportive environment that gives students the confidence to do anything. I stay involved and prioritize Maryvale in my giving because I want young women to have that experience today, so they grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

There are plenty of deserving girls who are not in my position so if in some small way I can help make a difference, I'm happy to do that.Marie Lerch '72

Marie Lerch graduated from Maryvale in 1972. It's been 50 years since she walked the halls as a student but her connection to the Maryvale community has never faded, especially through her philanthropy as a major donor and member of the Trinity Society.

Her focus now is on giving young women, from Baltimore’s urban core, a chance to attend Maryvale through the Because of Maryvale campaign.

"My parents had the means to send me to the school and I know there are plenty of deserving girls who are not in that same position so if in some small way I can help make a difference, I'm happy to do that.”

Because of Maryvale, Marie found a love of reading and literature, which ultimately became the bulk of her career. She worked for Booze Allen Hamilton for 36 years. Now, she’s an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and the owner of Executive Scribe, a freelance writing company.

“I gained a tremendous amount from my experience at Maryvale.” Marie is making that experience possible for others by offering the same opportunity, thanks to her generous donations.