ImpactSummer/Fall 2019

Leadership Society

Making an impact on future leaders

The Leadership Society plays a vital role in fulfilling the University of Indianapolis “Education for Service” motto. Recognizing individuals who give $1,000 or more to the University each year, the Leadership Society ensures that students receive the skills and experience to prepare them for a lifetime of giving back.

The generosity of this group enhances the interdisciplinary, collaborative and personalized experiences that are the hallmark of a University of Indianapolis education. The impact is profound. Since the start of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, Leadership Society supporters have contributed 96 percent of the University’s total $65,273,140 raised as of May 31, 2019.

For Thelma Farnsley Beck ’69 (English education), it’s about ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities she enjoyed as a student. Her undergraduate experience generated lifelong friendships and sparked a love of travel, inspired by a University-sponsored trip to Europe in 1970.

“I want UIndy to continue reaching out to the community, the state and the world. I’m especially impressed with current community involvement,” Beck explained. “I believe in smaller, liberal arts schools where students may have more success in their relationships and educational experiences during college and throughout life.”

Tejal Patel ’08 (anthropology, archaeology and Spanish)

Tejal Patel ’08 (anthropology, archaeology and Spanish) went on to earn her master’s degree in medical anthropology at the University of Kansas, and currently works at Eli Lilly in market research. Patel said she was fortunate to receive scholarships through the University of Indianapolis and from outside sources.

“I understand how valuable it is to receive even the smallest amount of money through scholarships,” Patel said. “I still remember the impact and it drives me to financially give back. Ultimately, the academic piece can transform your life and that is what it did for me. I want to give that experience to the students.”

Leadership Society gifts may be directed toward any fund, including the UIndy Fund, which benefits all students by providing funding for areas of greatest need, including student and faculty research, classroom technology, updated laboratory or athletics equipment and student programs.  For those interested in directly supporting financial assistance to students through scholarships, you may give to the UIndy Scholarship Fund. Gifts of $2,500 or more will connect you with a scholarship recipient through written correspondence and a chance to meet the student at the annual donor-scholar celebration. Leadership Society gifts may also support departmental funds and initiatives and existing scholarships and funds. 

For more information about the Leadership Society, please contact Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, associate vice president for development, or 317-788-3519.

Your Leadership Society in Action

  • 470 individuals
  • 294 households
  • $2,927,147 combined giving FY19 to date
  • Lifetime giving: $38,884,719

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