Duchesne Society

The Philippine Duchesne Society is Maryville University’s highest level giving club.  While the Duchesne Society represents the future of Maryville, it is steeped in a tradition that dates even further back than the University itself.  The Society takes its name from Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne, a groundbreaking pioneer in the field of education who dedicated her life to helping others pursue knowledge.  She established numerous schools around St. Louis, including an academy for young women.  “Maryville Academy,” which opened its doors in 1872, grew from these roots to ultimately become Maryville University.

The Duchesne Society is a donor club reserved for those who give unrestricted annual gifts of $1,000 or more during one fiscal year (June 1 through May 31) to academic and athletic programs.  These funds are used at the discretion of the deans and directors of the University to address the urgent needs and priorities of the day.  Gifts given through the Duchesne Society may support faculty and student research, visiting speakers, classroom and library resource needs, annual scholarships, technology upgrades, student organizations, initiatives promoting environmental stewardship and much more.

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New Duchesne Society Associate Membership
“Duchesne Associate” is the only giving society level designed for donors who have recently graduated from Maryville University.  The minimum amount for Duchesne Associate membership is $500 until the tenth year following graduation, when alumni are encouraged to move to the Member level with a minimum gift of $1,000 annually.


Gifts of $1,000 or more to any of the annual funds at Maryville will be recognized in the annual President’s Report, at the following levels:

  • Associate……………….$500-$999 (graduates of the last 10 years only)
  • Member…………………$1,000-$1,999
  • Scholar………………….$2,000-$4,999
  • Patron…………………. $5,000-$9,999
  • Benefactor………………$10,000-$24,999
  • President’s Circle………$25,000 and above

Benefits of Membership

As a Duchesne Society member, you will be counted among the most generous and devoted supporters of Maryville University.  Your membership also provides unique access to special events and resources, including:

  • Invitations for events featuring guest lecturers and speakers of note, musical presentations and more
  • An invitation to attend the Duchesne Society’s annual dinner, honoring the ongoing support and generosity of Society members
  • A copy of Magnolia, the University’s award-winning literary magazine
  • Membership as a “Friend of the Library,” including a personal library card and access to resources from the University Library
  • Recognition in the annual President’s Report

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Annual Duchesne Society Scholarships

Your membership in the Duchesne Society can directly impact a Maryville student by helping to ease the financial burden of a college education. A gift of $2,000 or more establishes an annual scholarship in your name, or in the name of someone you would like to honor or remember. Learn more.

Duchesne Society National Leadership Council

The council works to further the goals of the Duchesne Society by planning events and suggesting new members. Learn more.