President's Circle

Franciscan University’s ability to provide our students with an authentically Catholic education and rich spiritual formation depends on the generosity of faithful Catholics around the world.

Numbered among these Catholics are members of Franciscan University’s President Circle: distinguished friends, alumni, and parents, who make an annual charitable gift to the University of $10,000 or more.

Whether designated by donors to particular University priorities or to the President’s Circle general scholarship fund, gifts from President’s Circle members lay the foundation for Franciscan University’s future. They also make it possible for Father Dave to meet the most pressing needs of the moment and provide critical scholarship assistance to students in need.

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From Father Dave

Peace and Blessings!

When St. Francis of Assisi preached, he preached for everyone: rich and poor, young and old, men and women, even birds and foxes. His mission knew no limits.

At Franciscan University, we don’t want our mission to know any limits either. We don’t want money or family size or geographic distance to ever stand in the way of a young person receiving the life-changing formation and education this University offers.

Our friends who support the President’s Circle help us achieve this goal. Last year, the President’s Circle provided both need- and merit-based scholarships totaling $1 million to 327 Franciscan students—many of whom told us that without their scholarship, they couldn’t have returned to the University.

This year, will you help me extend that same help to even more students? Through your contributions, whether new or ongoing, you are supporting this University’s mission and our students’ futures.

May God bless you for your generosity!

Father Dave Pivonka TOR, '89


Franciscan University of Steubenville


Why Join President's Circle?

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As a member of the President’s Circle, you will be invited to enjoy various benefits, designed to demonstrate Franciscan’s profound gratitude for your generosity and the profound impact that it makes in bringing the University’s mission to life. Among these are:

  • An annual retreat with other President’s Circle members;

  • “Inside” access to important University updates and invitations to discuss University strategic priorities with Father Dave and the University administration.

  • An annual report on the impact of President’s Circle giving and various other expressions of gratitude throughout the year.

Together with the gifts of other President Circle members, your gift helps ensure the fruitfulness of the Franciscan University mission to educate, evangelize, and send forth joyful disciples.

President's Circle 2023 Report

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Please contact us today to discuss becoming a member of the President’s Circle.

Christi Aborn, Stewardship Officer, [email protected]


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