donor recognition societies

webster university is grateful for the steadfast support of our worldwide community of scholars, practitioners and leaders. in appreciation for the commitment by our leading donors to the university's success, we welcome them to our donor recognition societies. 



webster society

the webster society recognizes alumni, parents and friends who donate $1,500 or more annually to the university. members of the webster society make an immediate impact on our global community. many choose to designate their annual gift to specific areas that may include: 

  • chancellor’s vision fund, an unrestricted fund 
  • scholarships*
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • study abroad
  • one of webster's five schools and colleges
  • athletics
  • the community music school
  • extended campus locations

*webster society members may choose to designate their gifts of $1,500 and higher to create an annual scholarship.

students benefit from donor-funded scholarships

our other societies

the 1915 society provides lifelong recognition to donors who have made gifts to webster university that total $25,000 or more since the date of their first gift. members of the 1915 society are the cornerstone of webster, and their years of generous action have ensured the future success of the university. 

the legacy society honors alumni, parents, and friends who through thoughtful estate and financial planning ensure that resources will be available to support webster far into the future. gifts might include stocks or bonds, real estate or life insurance.

Donors may be recognized in the webster society, 1915 society and legacy society if their total contributions since the date of their first gift is $25,000 or more and they continue to make a gift of $1,500 or more each year.  

in 1950, jeannette mae jackson and janet irene thomas were the first two african american students to graduate from webster university. these pioneers represented webster's longtime emphasis on equity and inclusion.

today, more than 41,000 african americans have earned nearly 47,500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from webster university.

The Jackson & Thomas Leadership giving Society recognizes Jeannette and Janet and demonstrates webster’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Join the Jackson & Thomas Leadership giving Society in support of Webster students. your gift supports vital webster initiatives, including:

  • scholarships
  • diversity and inclusion program, including but not limited to the annual diversity & Inclusion conference
  • study abroad opportunities

Learn more here and join the Jackson & Thomas Society today.

the webster university visionary award

each year during our exclusive webster society celebration, webster university honors a person or organization with the visionary award for their long-standing commitment to webster and our students.  the legacy of visionary award recipients remains for years to come. see video tributes to recent recipients below.

recent visionary award recipients

the 2020 visionary award was presented to the william t. kemper foundation for their extraordinary generosity and long-standing support of webster's mission. their support has advanced outstanding teaching and learning at webster. learn more about the foundation's impact on webster in this video:


gracious donors, marianne ('66) and peter gleich have turned their passion for international business and french studies into life-changing support for webster students, including endowed scholarships in these areas and study abroad for students who wouldn't normally have the means. such opportunities "open students' eyes to a new world and new cultures," marianne says. "it's important for students to be able to immerse themselves in a wider range of international experiences." 


laura herring '70 is a distinguished webster university alumna who has given back to her alma mater in countless ways, from  leadership on key initiatives and sharing her enthusiasm with fellow alumni to generous support of the programs that mean the most to her.


the late harry and arden fisher were music lovers known for enriching the st. louis community through their support of the community music school of webster university. in 2017 they were awarded the visionary award in recognition of their continuing support of this award-winning part of webster's leigh gerdine college of fine arts. 

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“there are so many things webster university is doing that fit into our past experiences and we wanted to help broaden the experiences of students here at webster university.”

Marianne & Peter Gleich

visionary award recipients

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