The Williams Match

Through Agnes Williams’ $23.5 million estate bequest — the largest gift ever bequeathed to the College — the Williams family is matching new and increased donations to the College’s Hope + Access Campaign. 

Matching New and Increased Donations

From Jan. 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, all new and increased annual gifts, as well as all new gifts to endowed scholarship funds, will be matched to help us reach our goal of raising $40 million to support financial aid. Bequest gifts for the future may also be eligible for this match.

To continue to meet the needs of our students, we need to both grow the endowment funds used for financial aid and increase funds available for immediate financial aid through the Holy Cross Fund. 

The Williams Match will amplify donations to this campaign, providing hope and access to Holy Cross students now and in the years to come. 

The Williams Family and Holy Cross

In passionate support of Holy Cross, the late Agnes Williams W41, P83 has made multiple transformational gifts to the College, some in memory of her late husband, Edward Bennett Williams ’41, P83, H63. 

During her lifetime, she outpaced all other female donors with her contributions, growing to love the College both through her husband’s connection to his alma mater and his service on the Board of Trustees. After her husband’s passing, out of devotion to Holy Cross she herself served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and witnessed the formative educational experiences of her son, Ned Williams ’83, and granddaughter, Adair Bender ’12.

A lawyer herself, Mrs. Williams’ support of the College’s prelaw program has ensured that generations of students are prepared to pursue professional studies at distinguished law schools, as both she and her husband did. She also established the Center for Writing and the Williams Faculty Fellows, which extends her very generous support of faculty over the years through the Agnes N. Williams faculty endowed funds.

Already, the Edward Bennett Williams ’41 Scholarship, established in 2001 by Mrs. Williams and a number of close friends have benefitted 84 Holy Cross students. Now, Agnes’ legacy of giving is poised to nurture and transform generations of Holy Cross students, in devotion to the College she loved.

“My mother believed in the transformative nature of higher education and how it can change the trajectory of one’s life,” says Ned Williams ’83. “She really believed in the Jesuit methodology of delivering higher education, and that a good college education was the greatest gift that one could give a child, ultimately. Financial aid is one of the most powerful, long-lasting gifts, because the hope is that these students will change the world.”

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