Fellows Program



Fellows are ordinary people open to extraordinary possibilities for Saint Joseph’s College.  Fr. Raphael Gross, 13th president of SJC and founder of the Program in 1962, wrote, “a Fellow considers identification with the College as an invitation to greatness.” 

Fellows do not have to be graduates of SJC, they need only to appreciate the chance to support Catholic higher education and the mission of the College in a tangible way – by supporting selected projects essential for the well-being of the College.  Current projects include:

To learn more about the Fellows Program, click the frequently asked questions links below or contact Institutional Advancement and Marketing.

How many Fellows are there?

5,174 (this number includes current Fellows, deceased, and lost)

What do Fellows do?

Fellows support selected projects essential for the well-being of the College. Past projects include:

  • Restoration of the Chapel windows
  • Renovation of classrooms/laboratories
  • Beautification of the Lourdes Grotto
  • Establishment of the Chapel Complex Endowment
  • Installation of exterior signage/wayfinding

This support totals over $2.8 million since “project-specific fundraising” began in 1999.

Fellows are also welcome to volunteer their service – examples include: Grotto clean-up days, Lake Banet maintenance, office/event help, and Council of Fellows.

Who may I sponsor?

Sponsoring a Fellow is an opportunity to recognize “positive influence.” Consider sponsoring yourself, your spouse, children, grandchildren, friends, coworkers, and others with this honor.

What are the benefits?

Fellows have many opportunities to engage with the College community. The lifetime designation of Fellow entitles one to attend the annual Mass, induction, and luncheon held annually on the first Saturday of June. There are also numerous benefits for access to College facilities and functions, including but not limited to:

  • Complimentary admission to fine arts and home athletic events
  • Circulation privileges at Robinson Memorial Library
  • Use of Hanson Recreation Center and Raleigh Weight Room
  • Campus price for meals at Halleck Center Dining Hall
  • Admission to Lake Banet Park
  • 50% off banquet facilities for family events
  • 15% off regular price on most items at the College Store

Do I need to make a donation?

The commitment to becoming a Fellow in 1962 was $1,000 pledged over a 3-year period. That amount reflected the cost of SJC’s tuition at that time. In 1999, the amount was raised to $2,000 pledged over a 5-year period. One may become a Fellow by self-sponsorship or be sponsored by another individual.

Fellow $2,000 pledged over 5 years $400/year $33/month

Young Alumni $1,000 pledged over 5 years $200/year $16/month

Young Alumni Fellows are those who have graduated from SJC in the past 10 years.


Are there any tax benefits?

There is a tax credit available in the State of Indiana for taxpayers who make a contribution to institutions of higher education ($100 single filers; $200 for married/joint filers).

How are Fellows recognized?

Fellows are recognized based on cumulative lifetime giving:

President’s Fellow
$50,000 and above

Father Gross Fellow
$25,000 and above

Father Bierberg Fellow
$12,000 and above

Paul Tonner Fellow
$6,000 and above

$2,000 and above

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