Giving Opportunities

There are many areas where your gift will have a lasting impact on the University and continue to support our mission of educating leaders of faith and character.

The St. Thomas Fund

The St. Thomas Fund Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today! The St. Thomas Fund allows current and future students to benefit from an education rooted in the Basilian tradition and Catholic values. This general scholarship fund is the cornerstone of our student financial aid program. Annually, the University awards more than $13 million in institutional aid to deserving students.

Your investment in our students through The St. Thomas Fund enables us to provide them with a high-quality, liberal arts education. These future leaders of faith and character are making a positive impact on our community and around the world.

For more information on the St. Thomas Fund, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at or 713-942-3498. Learn about the President’s Circle below.

Presidentís Circle

President’s Circle investors support the University of St. Thomas at a leadership level with an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Leadership giving is paramount to UST’s ability to effectively meet vital funding needs as they arise within our schools, centers and programs – and to adequately fund scholarships.

Your leadership gift is a vote of confidence in UST that encourages others to follow your lead. President’s Circle investors help us educate and develop students who are not only personally and professionally successful, but who are also focused on making a positive difference in the world.

President’s Circle Annual Giving Levels

  • $100,000 VISIONARY
  • $50,000 INNOVATOR
  • $25,000 LEADER
  • $10,000 BENEFACTOR
  • $5,000 PACESETTER
  • $2,500 AMBASSADOR
  • $1,000 FRIEND

President’s Circle 2014-2015 Programs and Opportunities

  • Listing on the President’s Circle e-honor roll
  • Subscription to UST Today magazine
  • Invitations to on-campus lectures
    • Lectures offered throughout the year on relevant and timely issues presented by topic experts
  • Invitation to appreciation event
    • A special evening of appreciation for President’s Circle Members to showcase the impact of     your generous support
  • Private in-home reception with university president Dr. Robert Ivany ($10,000 and above)
  • Special access to the Chapel of St. Basil for Roman Catholic events such as weddings and baptisms ($25,000 and above)
  • Special access to the Link-Lee Mansion for private events and receptions ($25,000 and above)
Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships provide perpetual contributions to support students in need. Endowed scholarships can be established and named with a gift of $25,000 and are considered fully endowed at $250,000. Scholarships of this nature help to ensure that many generations of students receive the assistance they need. 

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs and professorships provide dependable, consistent income for the maintenance of a permanent faculty position in a given school or discipline. Chairs and professorships may be endowed at the following levels:

  • Eminent Chair: $3,000,000
  • Distinguished Chair:  $2,000,000
  • Named Chair:  $1,500,000
  • Named Professorship: $500,000
Endowed Programs

Endowed commitments to specific programs represent the university’s and the donor’s commitment to a unique discipline and provide ongoing support for such areas as business ethics, Irish studies or social justice. 

Capital Gifts

To be considered for a naming opportunity associated with a new building, the donor customarily provides a minimum gift equal to 25 percent of the cost of the project. Buildings, other facilities or parts thereof, whether new or existing, are named or renamed only by action of the board of directors on recommendation of the president. 

Property and Land Acquisition

Property and land acquisition provides an important opportunity for the university to expand its boundaries and secure additional space for faculty, staff and students.