Scholarship in Action


Mary Taylor Behrens – Passing the Baton

The scholarship support provided by Mary Taylor Behrens (C’83), center, allowed Emily Jones (C’13), left, and Emily Infeld (B’12), right, achieve new heights in cross country and track & field.

Scholarship Feature

A scholarship brought Mary Taylor Behrens (C’83) to Georgetown and changed her life. Behrens is now passing on that opportunity to new generations of Hoya student-athletes. “I was recruited to Georgetown and I was very fortunate to get a scholarship,” said Behrens, a standout runner.  “I would not have attended Georgetown without that scholarship.”  Behrens holds the school record in the indoor 300-meter run, and was also a member of three record-holding relay teams. She co-captained the women’s track and field team in her senior year and received the team’s top honor, the James A. Gallagher Memorial Award.

After graduating from Georgetown, Behrens began a highly successful career on Wall Street. At the time of her retirement from Merrill Lynch in 2003, she was the most senior woman in the company. Behrens now runs a private consulting firm, Newfane Advisors.  “Once I had the opportunity to give back, my husband, Chris, and I decided that Georgetown was a good place to start,” Behrens said.

In 2001, the couple established the first endowed coaching chair for women’s track at Georgetown. Building on that tradition, in 2007 they endowed the Mary Taylor Behrens (C’83) Scholarship for women’s track and field.