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President’s Council

Thomas Aquinas College accepts no direct government funding. Therefore we rely on the annual support of private individuals like you to sustain and advance our mission.

The President’s Council consists of those benefactors, more than 400 in all, who each give at least $1,000 annually. Together, they provide most of the $5 million in financial aid the College needs for qualified students each year. The Council’s members have played a critical role in making the College what it is today — a vital resource for the Church and society. They are truly the College’s “angels.”

President’s Council members come from all over the country and abroad, and they are drawn to the College for varying reasons. Some, such as Rose and Dan Grimm, are alumni; while others, such as Mary and Bill McInerney, are “spiritual alumni,” having adopted Thomas Aquinas College as their own when they became concerned with the direction of their own alma maters. Others, such as Jean and Michael Maiuri, see in the College’s unique academic program the unity of faith and reason that is the hallmark of true Catholic liberal education. And others still, such as Mary and Stephen Kraychy — the longest-serving members of the President’s Council — give to the College, in part, out of gratitude for the education it provided to their children and grandchildren.

You, too, can be our partner in this noble mission by joining our President’s Council or renewing your membership annually at one of the five levels of giving:

Society of St. Anselm: $1,000–$2,499

•  Discounted rate for Summer Seminar
• Invitations to special events and live streaming of concerts

Society of St. Thérèse: $2,500–$4,999

• Invitation to attend the College’s annual Christmas Dinner at the California Club of Los Angeles
• Summer gardening class offered by the College’s master gardener

Society of St. Augustine: $5,000–$9,999

• Reserved seating at all lectures and concerts on campus
• Invitation to attend a private wine reception with the President and members of the College’s Board of Governors, featuring local alumni winemakers

Society of St. Thomas: $10,000–$24,999

• Novena of Masses offered by an alumnus priest
• Free attendance at the Summer Seminar for you and a spouse or guest

Society of Our Lady of Guadalupe: $25,000+

• Bring an additional guest to the Summer Seminar
• An invitation to join the Board of Governors at its annual retreat

 

You and your intentions will be remembered in our daily Masses throughout the year, and you will receive a special discount for our annual Great Books Summer Seminar weekends, which take place each July on our campus. You will also receive an invitation to be our guest at the College’s annual Christmas Dinner at the California Club in Los Angeles, and you will receive periodic updates from President Michael McLean about the College and the good things our alumni are doing.

Above all, you will be helping to form the minds and hearts of young people for Christ. And your generosity will be far-reaching in its effect as our graduates take up positions of leadership in their families, communities, professions, and vocations.

JOIN NOW!

 

President’s Council (2015 groups, posted 2016)
Laura Berquist

“The education at Thomas Aquinas College makes men free, able to direct their own lives, and that of the community.”

– Laura Berquist (’75)

Founding Director of Mother of Divine Grace School; Author, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum

“May God bless Thomas Aquinas College for its excellent performance as a Catholic college since its foundation in 1971, a college where parents can send their children and be sure that this college is maintaining the best ideals of our faith and is giving not only information but formation.”

– Francis Cardinal Arinze

Prefect Emeritus

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments