This initiative focuses on making the Saint Joseph’s education available to more deserving students – regardless of their financial means – who are motivated and attracted to our Jesuit ideals and values. Enhanced scholarship funding enables us to finance a higher percentage of need and helps to reduce student debt upon graduation. It closes the widening gap between what a private college education costs and what families are able to afford. Not only does scholarship fulfill our mission, it diversifies our student body and invites a breadth of perspectives, ideas and opportunities for innovation.
Saint Joseph’s most recent comprehensive campaign enabled the University to create a campus that has significantly elevated the student life experience on Hawk Hill. The addition of the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus, the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena and the Jack Ramsay ’49 Basketball Center have created a depth and breadth of opportunities for academic and athletic enhancements.
The quality of any university – its excellence, reputation and ability to grow – is measured by the quality of its students and faculty. Talented and motivated students from diverse backgrounds strengthen the educational experience for everyone. They contribute fresh ideas and enhance the quality of classroom discussion, produce novel research, shine in athletic competition and model leadership and commitment to service. In addition, these students help attract top faculty who want to be teaching bright and inquisitive young people.
Saint Joseph’s strategic roadmap, Plan 2020:
Gateway to the Future, and our academic plan,
Seeking the Magis
(2012-2015), builds upon our momentum to impact future
generations in unprecedented fashion.
90% â€“ the number of Saint Joseph's traditional undergraduate student population who receive a scholarship award, either merit or need-based.
$53.8 million â€“ the amount awarded in 2011-12, in institutional scholarships. $12,850 per student â€“ the average institutional aid package.
$26,721 â€“ the median debt burden per graduate (2012). Many students must augment their scholarships from Saint Joseph's with student loans.
4% â€“ the percent of the scholarships awarded to undergraduate students which are generated from endowment earnings.
To enable families to consider a Saint Joseph's education as an option, our ability to provide substantially more scholarship funding from private philanthropy becomes critical.
Scholarships are a tangible example of how our alumni and friends can experience living the magis for Saint Joseph’s University by helping us do more for our students. This initiative will have an immediate impact on the campus culture and fulfills our Jesuit commitment to educating a diverse community of scholars from all segments of society.
To strengthen and enhance Saint Joseph’s ability to respond vigorously to this demonstrated need, we invite your participation in the President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative. We seek $50 million in current-use and endowed scholarships, which will have considerable and long-lasting benefits for our students and the families we serve. It will allow the University to meet more need, foster a thriving and diverse campus, and attract the most capable students who share our Jesuit values. This initiative will change individual lives, one at a time, as these students experience Saint Joseph’s commitment to cura personalis, care of the whole person, and thrive, academically, intellectually, physically and spiritually.
We seek endowed scholarships, which will support students in perpetuity, as well as annual legacy and current-use scholarships, which serve as direct financial assistance.
By supporting this initiative, you are investing in Saint Joseph’s Catholic, Jesuit mission. You will directly impact our students’ ability to discover their own God-given gifts and contribute to society through leadership and service.
Donors may choose to establish an endowed, legacy, or current-use scholarship. In addition, scholarships can be designated in a variety of ways— to benefit students in a particular school or program, or to areas of academic distinction such as student research, honors scholars, or study abroad programs.
Named Endowed Scholarships
Named Current-Use Scholarships
Annual Legacy Scholarships
The President’s Magis Scholarship Initiative, will open Saint Joseph’s doors to more students who share our Jesuit ideals and values, while providing new scholarships, financial aid and meeting the greater need. Through this initiative, we aim to help three types of students:
Bright and ambitious young men and women, largely from underserved communities, are motivated and hard-working and can envision how a college degree could change their lives dramatically. Unfortunately, their financial situation can abruptly change the conversation. While they are academically prepared to be successful in college, they require complete financial support for tuition, room and board to actually attend. These students are at the heart of our mission and one of our most important responsibilities, but currently our scholarship and financial aid programs support only a limited number at Saint Joseph’s.
Increasingly the decision on college selection is based on affordability rather than preference. This holds true especially for students from middle income families who want to attend Saint Joseph’s, value a Catholic, Jesuit education, and would thrive on our campus and give back to their communities after graduation. Unable to afford the full cost of Saint Joseph’s â€“ even with an academic scholarship and student loans â€“ they are forced to go elsewhere.
Increased scholarship support would make Saint Joseph’s an appealing choice for these families. Many of our alumni have come from families just like these, and have demonstrated the transformational impact a Saint Joseph’s education has had on their lives.
Nationwide, colleges and universities are recruiting highly talented, engaged students who can make an immediate impact on their campus and in turn become strong alumni. Because they are in such great demand by all institutions, their decision often turns toward the university with the greatest prestige, the best match for their personal and career goals, and the most comprehensive financial package.
By providing more full-tuition scholarships for high achieving students such as these, Saint Joseph’s will elevate the academic profile, improve selectivity rate, and advance national recognition.
Scholarship is the lifeblood of a Jesuit education, which was founded on providing access to learning and developing the breadth and depth of each person. - University President, C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. '72 A Message from the President
In the modern interpretation of the Jesuit principle of magis, we are inspired by the many ways in which the Saint Josephâ€™s education encourages us to live greater. Magis becomes a powerful motivator for us to enhance our commitment to providing access to an educational environment that integrates academic rigor, a commitment to social justice, service to others, and enables our students to become global citizens serving the greater good.
The magis calls us to do more for our students, and Iâ€™m inspired to enhance Saint Josephâ€™s educational mission through the Presidentâ€™s Magis Scholarship Initiative. Scholarship is the lifeblood of a Jesuit education, which was founded on providing access to learning and developing the breadth and depth of each person.
The world needs inspired global citizens who use their talents to seek the magis and live greater for others. Saint Josephâ€™s University needs your help to ensure this legacy continues.
Blessings and best wishes,
C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. '72, President
Christine Funchion Scully '03 (MBA)
Stewardship and Donor Relations, Senior Director