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.
5,174 (this number includes current Fellows, deceased, and lost)
Fellows support selected projects essential for the well-being of the College. Past projects include:
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.
Sponsoring a Fellow is an opportunity to recognize “positive influence.” Consider sponsoring yourself, your spouse, children, grandchildren, friends, coworkers, and others with this honor.
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:
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.
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).
Fellows are recognized based on cumulative lifetime giving:
$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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