The Pierre Laclede Society is the university's annual giving club, named in honor of one of St. Louis' founders. Members assist the University of Missouri-St. Louis in achieving its mission of offering a quality, affordable public education by providing crucial financial assistance. The following membership levels are open to all alumni and friends:

$1,000 Member
$2,500 Fellow
$5,000 Benefactor
$10,000 Patron
$25,000 The Committee of 28 Founders Circle
$100,000 Auguste Chouteau Society (total lifetime giving)

PLS level gifts are a crucial source of much needed support. All gifts from individuals, regardless of whether the funds support an endowment or capital project, qualify for membership. Annual gifts that enhance current operations and help the university address immediate needs are especially helpful. Donors can designate each gift to the academic area or program of their choice. Some common options include student scholarships, faculty support and resources such as the libraries, technology labs and student enrichment programs.

Donors at the Fellow level and above can participate in our Annual Scholars Program. For a minimum commitment of $10,000 (payable $2,500 a year for four years), a person can create a new, named scholarship. This will provide the direct financial assistance UMSL students need to reach their academic goals.

The university is extremely thankful for its generous donors. A variety of special events and benefits are available to PLS members in gratitude for everything they do:

  • Recognition in the Distinguished Contributors annual report
  • Invitations to select university events and lectures
  • Scholarship sponsors are invited to attend the scholarship reception
  • A members-only annual party with the chancellor

For more information, or if you are interesting in joining the Pierre Laclede Society, please e-mail Greg Nelson at nelsongr@umsl.edu or call 314-516-4735.