The Elmhurst University President’s Circle

Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential

Join an elite group of leaders who are changing student lives through annual gifts of $1,000 or more.

The President’s Circle at Elmhurst University celebrates our most generous donors. Together, these alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends make it possible for more students to benefit from a life-changing Elmhurst education.

One of our goals during Elmhurst’s recently concluded 150th anniversary year celebration was to build the Elmhurst University Annual Fund to $1 million each year. Members of the President’s Circle play a vital role in helping us reach that goal.

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How Your Gift Helps

Annual gifts allow us to welcome a growing number of students with great potential but limited means by awarding them scholarships. Thanks to our generous donors, we awarded more than 8,500 student scholarships last year. In that same year, 100 percent of our full-time undergraduates received some form of financial aid.

View the Full list of Members

The 2021–2022 members list is current as of Dec. 13, 2021.

Membership Benefits

The members of Elmhurst College's President's Circle pose for a group photo at the Founders' Honors ceremony in 2019.

President’s Circle members at the 2019 Founder’s Recognition Dinner.

As a member of the President’s Circle, you’ll receive a special thank you gift and a subscription to President Troy D. VanAken’s newsletter, Inner Circle. You’ll also receive exclusive invitations to special University events, including:

  • The Founders Recognition Dinner
  • The President’s Community Breakfast
  • Reserved seating and a special reception for June Jazz
  • Reserved seating and a special reception for the Festival of Lessons and Carols
  • The President’s Holiday Open House
  • Exclusive Homecoming events
  • A variety of campus events and lectures, including reserved seating, special access to and photo ops with guest speakers and performers

Your contributions help us transform our students’ lives and prepare them to make meaningful contributions to a diverse, global society. Thank you for leading us into a bright future!

As a first-generation college student, my entire family shares in my success. My achievements inspire my younger siblings and everyone who comes after me. The generous people who made my scholarships possible will see a return on their investment for many years to come.

Jaime Ruiz ’20

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