Donor Recognition Societies

Webster University appreciates all supporters and honors those that have made extraordinary contributions in support of the University's mission through membership in our recognition societies.

Members are invited to a variety of events and programs that highlight the impact of their support and provide opportunities to further engage with Webster University students, leaders and faculty.

Five Webster alumni stand together at baseball game
Alumni Vanessa Davis talks with a fellow alumna and a Webster faculty member
Mary Burke, Karen Luebbert, Joanne Forgert
Webster baseball player at the end of a row of players standing on the baseball field squats to high five a young child.
Visionary Award recipient Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin stands with family and Dean Eric Rothenbuhler.

Explore Webster's Donor Recognition Societies

Webster Society

The Webster Society recognizes alumni, families and friends who donate $1,000 or more annually to the University. Members of the Webster Society make an immediate impact on our global community with their generosity and set the pace for meeting the needs of our students and strengthening our programs.

For more information, please contact:
Macy Russell, Director, Donor Relations and Engagement
phone: 314-246-7457

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1915 Society

The 1915 Society, named for the year that Webster University was founded in St. Louis, provides lifelong recognition to donors who have made gifts to Webster University that total $100,000 or more since the date of their first gift. Members of the 1915 Society are the cornerstone of Webster, and their years of generous support ensure the future success of the University.

For more information, please contact:
Macy Russell, Director, Donor Relations and Engagement
phone: 314-246-7457

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Legacy Society

The Legacy Society honors alumni and friends who, through thoughtful estate and financial planning, ensure that resources will be available to support Webster far into the future. Planned gifts include a bequest provision in a will or trust, and beneficiary designations on retirement assets or insurance policies. Legacy Society members play an impactful role in the future of Webster University.

For more information, please contact:
Macy Russell, Director, Donor Relations and Engagement
phone: 314-246-7457

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Jackson & Thomas Society

In 1950, Jeannette Mae Jackson and Janet Irene Thomas were the first two African American students to graduate from Webster University. Named in honor of these pioneering women, the Jackson & Thomas Society was established to recognize donors who share Webster's vision and long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Society membership is granted to those who provide an annual financial gift in support of scholarships, programs and initiatives that promote diversity, equity and inclusion at Webster University.

For more information, please contact:
Kelly Dopman, Senior Director of Alumni Relations
phone: 314-246-5944

Jackson & Thomas Society

Qualifying Jackson & Thomas Society Scholarship Funds

  • Jackson & Thomas Society Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to support a variety of student programs and needs, including scholarship support, study abroad opportunities, as well as the annual DEI Conference.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund: Gifts to this fund provide general support to programs and initiatives that further Webster’s DEI mission.
  • Suggs Scholars Scholarship Fund: Named in honor of distinguished community leader Dr. Donald M. Suggs, this annual scholarship supports the recruitment and retention of academically talented undergraduate students from ethnic groups typically under-represented in higher education.
  • Saint Louis Community Scholarship Fund: Gifts to this annual scholarship will support first-time, under-served college students residing in either north St. Louis County or the City of St. Louis.
  • AAAC Endowed Scholarship Fund: Gifts to this endowed scholarship fund, initiated by the African American Alumni Chapter at Webster University, are awarded to African American full-time, undergraduate students.

Make a gift and join the Jackson & Thomas Society today

Kristin Johnson
Donor Spotlight

“We want others to have that access and opportunity that we did, which was the inspiration for this scholarship.”

Kristin Johnson
Kristin Johnson, MA ‘01

Kristin Johnson Diversity in Dance Annual Scholarship

“My husband and I grew up with parents who stretched in many ways to provide us access to educational, arts and sports opportunities. The experiences we had, including my own dancing serious ballet for 17 years, definitely helped us develop skills and traits we utilize daily in our personal and professional lives.”


The Webster University Visionary Award

Each year during our exclusive Webster Society Dinner, 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.

Beth Stroble and Mary-Alice Dwyer-Dobbin

2021 Visionary Award Recipient Mary-Alice Dwyer-Dobbin

Julian Schuster, Marianne Gleich, Peter Gleich, Beth Stroble

2019 Visionary Award Recipients Marianne and Peter Gleich

Laura Herring and Beth Stroble

2018 Visionary Award Recipient Laura Herring

Julian Schuster, Arden Fisher, Harry Fisher, Beth Stroble

2017 Visionary Award Recipients Arden and Harry Fisher

Todd Kohlbecker, Jean Hobler, Beth Stroble

2014 Visionary Award Recipient Jean Hobler

Visionary Award Recipients

Webster University is proud to honor Gay Burns, a 1994 Master of Business Administration graduate of Webster and member of the 1915, Legacy and Webster Societies.  

Through her personal philanthropy as well as corporate partnership, she has supported Webster through countless initiatives. She established the S. Gay Burns-Meyers Endowed Scholarship that provides scholarships to students in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology Mathematics and Human Resource programs. At the beginning of the pandemic, Gay also supported Webster students through the Front-Line Responders crowdfunding efforts. She has provided and led significant giving for Webster’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and the Chancellor’s Vision Fund. Gay has served as a Board of Trustee member since 2017 and currently serves as vice chair of the board.

The 2021 Visionary Award was presented to Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, '63, in recognition of many years of support and service to Webster, including the endowed scholarship in Stage Management in her name, and to the late Alice (Donovan) Boylan, '66, for her loyalty and support, including a legacy gift she left to Webster upon her passing in 2020.

The 2020 Visionary Award was presented to the William T. Kemper Foundation for its extraordinary generosity and long-standing support of Webster's mission. The foundation's 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 said. "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.

2021: Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, '63, and Alice (Donovan) Boylan, '66
2020: William T. Kemper Foundation
2019: Marianne, ’66, and Peter Gleich
2018: Laura Herring, '70
2017: Arden and Harry Fisher
2016: Edward Jones
2014: Jane, ’69, and Bruce Robert, and Jean Hobler
2013: Jan, ’73, and Ronald Greenberg
2012: Marilyn R. Fox
2011: Consuelo E. Gallagher
2010: Marianne Knaup, ’66
2009: George Herbert Walker III
2008: Jinny and Laurance L. Browning, Jr.

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