Your Gift Matters

We’re committed to keeping the cost of a Saint Joseph’s education affordable for all. And we couldn’t do it without your generosity.

With your help, we can provide essential financial assistance to our students; we can make important investments in our campus facilities; and we can create new and innovative programs like Connections and our pioneering Environmental Science Semester.

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Simply put, every gift––of any size––matters to the Saint Joe’s community. Here’s why:

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Gifts Reduce Student Loan Dependency

95% of SJC students receive financial aid. Your gift helps provide students with an average tuition discount of 50%.

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Gifts Help First-Generation Students

Nearly half of incoming freshmen are the first in their families to attend college. Your gift helps provide the financial aid and scholarships they rely on.

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Gifts Improve Our Learning Community

Investments in our campus, labs and classrooms, and technology greatly enhance the SJC educational experience. Your gift makes these investments possible.

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Gifts Support Our Mercy Values

Our students provide over 30,000 hours of service each year to schools, healthcare sites and non-profits. Your gift helps fulfill this mission.

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Gifts Fund Innovative Programs

Your gift helps to support new programs like Connections, which provides every student with $2,000 to cover the costs of a qualifying experiential learning opportunity.

Learn more about the impact of alumni giving and the many ways you can give back to Saint Joseph’s, including the Annual Fund and Legacy Gifts.

Helping the next generation of Saint Joseph’s College students succeed

A message from Ellis Baum ’98

My favorite kind of good news is hearing about people who are being helped. As alumni, I’m sure we can all remember back when we were students and needed a little help. I’d like to talk about some new and growing scholarships that are helping students. For several years, one of the main goals of the Alumni Association Board was to establish an endowed scholarship that would be given annually to an SJC student. I am proud to say that this goal has been accomplished and the first Alumni Association Scholarship was awarded to Brendon Keady ’20 this year. I would like to thank all of you who have attended Alumni Association events (Ice Bar, Alumni Weekend, Monktoberfest) and have bought raffle tickets or bid on auction items while at those events—you have made this happen! The good news doesn’t stop here.

For those of you not familiar with the Rairdon family, let me just say that they are absolutely amazing people. The Rairdons started the Matthew Rairdon Scholarship to honor their son, an SJC graduate, who was tragically taken from us all several years ago. The scholarship is fueled by the annual Westbrook Strong 5K road race. I have run in this race each of its first four years (even on my wedding day!) and the sense of community and love that exist at this event are truly humbling. This race has become so successful that the Rairdon family has started an additional scholarship, which is such a wonderful and generous accomplishment.


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