Frank E. O’Brien Jr. Student Support Center 

Maria College is proud to announce the establishment of the Frank E. O’Brien Jr. Student Support Center to honor Frank, who served as Chairman of the Maria College Board of Trustees for 25 years.   During his tenure as Chairman, Maria College saw unprecedented growth and success. The Maria College community is grateful for Frank’s lasting contributions and the continued support of his wife Mary Beth and their children. Naming the Student Support Center after Frank would serve as a lasting tribute to his generous spirit, incredible leadership and deep dedication to Maria College and the success of its students.

Student Success and the Mercy Mission

The Frank O’Brien Student Support Center aims to animate and fulfill the Mercy Mission of Maria College by offering students the services they need to be successful and equip them to live life to the full (John 10:10).  In true Mercy spirit, we hope to provide a holistic approach to their needs, academically, emotionally and spiritually.  To this end, our student support services fuse academic support through the Tutoring Center and Student Support and Intervention services with the emotional support of our counseling, health and wellness services, as well as attention to the spiritual needs of the community through pastoral care. To offer such 'wrap around' support requires significant financial investment and a more strategic, integrated and creative living of our mission.  We want to honor the tradition we are part of, and enfold this into providing state of the art services which are 'fit for purpose' for education in the 21st century.

Supporting Those with Learning Differences

Mercy education has always reached out to those on the margins and who are vulnerable because of particular needs. Maria College is proud of its longstanding commitment in this area and enhancing our services to those with learning differences and special educational needs is a top priority.  We would like to employ a specialist to help students access the curriculum and work with faculty and staff to improve the learning experience of students with these such learning needs.

Please Join the Effort

The O’Brien family has committed a generous lead gift and is extending a challenge to the Maria community and the friends and former colleagues of Frank to help raise the $300,000 necessary to jumpstart the program.   We hope you will join us in the effort by making a contribution today.

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Click here to make an online gift.

Gifts will be recognized according to the following categories:
$10,000 and above – The President’s Circle
$5,000 – $9,999 Gold Benefactor
$2,500 – $4,999 Silver Benefactor
$1,000 – $2,499 Bronze Benefactor

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like additional information, please contact Helen Adams-Keane at or 518-861-2596.