Alpha Sigma Nu relies on the generous support of our members. Alpha Sigma Nu, Inc., is non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. All financial contributions are tax deductible.
How Donors Support Alpha Sigma Nu Programs
Your donations to Alpha Sigma Nu:
- Fund the Alpha Sigma Nu scholarships. Established in 1985, over $34,000 is awarded annualy to worthy students attending the 32 member colleges and universities.
- Fund leadership opportunites for student members to deepen their committment to the Jesuit ideals, such as the AΣN regional leadership summits.
- Funds programming to engage Alumni focusing on the AΣN tenets of scholarship, loyalty and service, such as the Lunch & Learn webinar series and the Seelos Grants.
- Fund Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards. Founded to promote research excellence, since their inception in 1980. $4,000 is awarded annualy to outstanding scholarly works by the faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities.
- Support the Central Office. Alpha Sigma Nu’s three staff members who:
- Facilitate and assure the integrity of Alpha Sigma Nu inductions at our 32 members institutions
- With the Board of Directors' guidance and leadership, execute the Alpha Sigma Nu purpose, mission, and vision
- Assist Faculty Advisers on our campuses with programs promoting the ideals of ΑΣΝ
- Support Chapter officers in managing Chapters and executing engaging programming
- Support Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs in their effort to encourage a lifelong commitment to Jesuit ideals
- Communicate with members through the publication of two annual ΑΣΝ newsletters, two e-newsletters, the AΣN website, and on social media
- Keep current the Member Directory database where over 80,000 members are able to network
- Ensure the future of Alpha Sigma Nu by conducting the annual Sustaining Fund
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, maintain good governance of Alpha Sigma Nu and careful shepherding of donors’ gifts
The Scholarship Endowment and the fund balance are marshaled by the Investment Committee, selected by the Nominating Committee, consisting of ΑΣΝ members with strong credentials in the investment field led by the Board Treasurer.
Your gift to Alpha Sigma Nu ensures that the Society endures and thrives. Alpha Sigma Nu giving circles encourage your generous support and reflect Alpha Sigma Nu’s history.
Donors to Alpha Sigma Nu may choose from the following giving circles:
Alpha Sigma Nu Legacy Society
Ensuring the future of the Jesuit honor society through planned giving. Find out more about planned giving here.
1915 Society Loyal Donors of 10 Years or More
Honoring the year of the founding of Alpha Sigma Nu. On June 4, 1915, John Danihy, SJ, held the first Alpha Sigma Nu induction of eleven students. Father Danihy chose students to be the first members who distinguished themselves in their dedication to scholarship in the search for truth, loyalty to the cause of Jesuit education, and service to others.
Danihy Circle $2,500+
Honoring John Danihy, SJ, Alpha Sigma Nu founder, who defined what Jesuit Honor Society should be and inspired the Society to its national and international position today. A man of vision and action, he served as Dean of Journalism, established the Marquette Press, the Marquette Tribune, and the college yearbook. His fine list of achievements in the cause of Jesuit education made Father Danihy an appropriate founder of the Jesuit Honor Society.
O’Gorman Circle $1,000 - $2,500
Honoring Josephine Newell O'Gorman (Marquette ‘19), founder of Gamma Pi Epsilon, who determined that Gamma Pi Epsilon, the Jesuit Women’s Honor Society, would not only recognize academic talent and school loyalty of individual students, but would also "form a compact body through which school spirit would be greatly promoted." The women chose a French phrase, Pour Gloise L'Ecole, For the Glory of the School, to stand as their motto, and the Greek letters Gamma Pi Epsilon which inspired the service-focused action of Gamma Chapters.
Cobeen Circle $500 - $999
Honoring Charles Cobeen (Marquette ’20), who first served ΑΣΝ as chair of the Committee on Nationalization overseeing the expansion of Alpha Sigma Nu to Saint Louis University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Loyola University Chicago. He went on to serve as the Society's Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years. His dedication led the Society in defining its mission, in its expansion across the country, and in its position as the vanguard of Jesuit action and ideals.
Casper Circle $250 - $499
Honoring Henry Casper, SJ, (Creighton ’61) who was the first to call on Alpha Sigma Nu to articulate a greater purpose than being strictly honorary and to challenge members to service to Jesuit education beyond graduation. He encouraged the Society in its role as a national player through the use of its growing alumni base, as he established the annual ΑΣΝ lecture at Creighton. Father Casper taught nineteenth century European History and American Church History at Marquette and Creighton.
Roulier Circle $100 - $249
Honoring Caroline Roulier (University of Detroit Mercy ‘66), who, as Gamma Pi Epsilon National President at the time of the merger with Alpha Sigma Nu, guided both Societies to a spirit of compromise. Her political astuteness, strong leadership, and effective negotiating skills facilitated an equal and honorable partnership. Ms. Roulier was the first woman Convention Chair and the first woman Board Vice-President.
Trame Circle $50 - $99
Honoring Richard Trame, SJ (Loyola Marymount ’62), who, as Board Faculty Moderator, wrote the initiation ritual and pledge that, with a few modifications, are still used today. He was the first Board member to advocate for women members of Alpha Sigma Nu, beginning in 1964, and continued to do so until the merger was accomplished. Father Trame was a strong proponent of liberal arts education and Alpha Sigma Nu’s role in its recognition.