Giving Opportunities

Alumni and friends may choose to support Stetson Law through annual gifts, multi-year commitments, or deferred gifts. All gifts, regardless of their designation, are part of a donor's lifetime giving to Stetson University College of Law.

Stetson Law counts on alumni, parents, and friends to give to the Stetson Law Fund. Annual donations to this fund are used to provide student scholarships -- something that we value and have set as a top institutional priority.

Endowed funds are permanent funds that provide support for students, faculty, and numerous academic programs. Our endowment generates a stream of income in perpetuity that sustains scholarship, research, teaching, and service programs. Endowed funds are essential for the stability and growth of Stetson Law and promote enhanced quality, stability and creativity within many of its programs.

Student Scholarships

Stetson University College of Law, in cooperation with the Charles A. Dana Foundation, has created a Scholarship Matching Gift Program. The program allows Stetson Law to address the school's most critical need: additional scholarship funds to attract and retain the best and brightest students. This program matches scholarship donations of $1,000 or more at a 2:1 ratio. Thus, while funds remain, for every $1,000 given by a donor toward student scholarships, Stetson will match the gift with $500. This matching program is in effect for both our endowed and annual scholarship programs.

1,000 for $1,000

Stetson Law's 1,000 for $1,000 Campaign is an effort to recruit 1,000 individuals or groups to give donations of $1,000 each. This will allow us to almost quadruple the annual fund dollars available for student scholarships. This Campaign is inspired by the principle that motivated donors can make a profound impact on both Stetson and its students through the power of small monthly gifts. By donating $83.34 a month (totaling $1,000 for a twelve-month period), you can make a dramatic difference in the life of Stetson and its students. Every dollar of the 1,000 for $1,000 Campaign will go directly to support student scholarships.

Named Endowed Scholarships
$25,000 minimum

To create an endowed scholarship in the name of an individual, family, organization, or firm requires a $25,000 commitment that can be spread over a multi-year pledge. Also, please note that with the Scholarship Matching Gift Program described above, only $17,500 is needed for endowment because of the matching funds currently available.

In an endowed scholarship, principle funds are collected and scholarship(s), professorships, or other programs are funded by the investment income generated by the endowment. Therefore, the initial investment is not impacted and donor's designated program can continue in perpetuity. Endowed funds are maintained in the Consolidated Investment Fund (CIF) and are overseen by the Stetson University Board of Trustees Investment Committee. Spending is a function of annual market investment returns and the relative value of each fund to the total of all funds in the CIF. In accordance with the policy established by the Board of Trustees, the spending allocation for Stetson University College of Law is between three and six percent, based on a 12-quarter lagging average, of the total market value of all endowed funds at June 30 (end of Stetson's fiscal year).

With this type of scholarship, the Office of College Relations works closely with the donor(s) to develop any criteria/preferences that they would like considered for the scholarship. Examples of criteria are: preference given to student(s) on the Stetson Law Review, preference to student(s) involved in public service, and preference given to student(s) from Central Florida. Donors can assist in the selection process. Donors can also create a professorship in a particular area, such as Advocacy, Legal Writing, Constitutional Law, or fund a particular project or program. If you are interested in creating an endowed fund, please contact us at alumni@law.stetson.edu.

In order to create a larger endowment, allowing for a greater impact on the lives of students, some donors choose to create an endowment using a combination of giving vehicles which best suit their needs. One of the most popular ways to do this is to make an outright gift to Stetson University College of Law at the present time (e.g., cash, securities, property), followed by a planned gift through a will or with a distribution from a retirement plan or life insurance policy. You may also have the option of making a gift that returns income to you, your spouse, or other individuals (e.g., charitable gift annuity, unitrust, annuity trust). For additional information on Stetson's charitable gift planning options, or to view personalized gift planning illustrations, please see Stetson Law's Planned Giving page.

Named Annual Scholarships (Restricted Fund)
$1,000 Minimum, Amounts Vary

Annual restricted scholarships are given once a year to a current Stetson student. These funds are given for the express purpose of supporting scholarships, but the funds can be restricted based on donor preferences and priorities. The amount of funding varies, but Stetson encourages a minimum gift of $1,000 annually. Often donors choose to make a multi-year pledge to support a student(s) through a number of years at Stetson.

 

With this type of scholarship, the Office of College Relations works closely with the donor(s) to develop any criteria/preferences that they would like considered for the scholarship. Examples of criteria are: students who excel in a particular area, students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, and students who have excelled in public service. If you are interested in creating an annual scholarship, please contact us at alumni@law.stetson.edu.

Student Awards

Student awards are given in conjunction with both our May and December graduations. Awards are presented at the Stetson University College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony, which takes place the Friday afternoon before graduation Saturday. The current award amounts range from $250 to $5,000 each semester and focus on a variety of areas. We encourage a minimum gift of $500, with at least a five-year commitment.

Both named endowed student awards and named annual student awards (described below) offer a wonderful opportunity to memorialize an individual(s) by allowing the donor(s) to tailor specific criteria and preferences for the award. Awards have been established to honor graduates for their involvement in many areas through the years. The criteria and details for awards are developed by the Office of College Relations, in collaboration with the donor(s) to the award. Some of the current awards honor excellence in advocacy, legal writing, and bankruptcy. Others honor outstanding leadership abilities, public service, and character. Some awards recognize students who receive the highest grade in a particular course. All awards not based exclusively on academic performance in a specific course/curriculum are by a recommendation of Stetson Law's Honors, Awards, and Financial Aid Committee to the Dean. The donor(s) to an award are invited to present the award in person to the recipient at the Honors and Awards Ceremony each semester the award is given.

Named Endowed Student Awards
$25,000 minimum

To create an endowed award in the name of an individual, family, organization, or firm requires a minimum $25,000 commitment that can be spread over a multi-year pledge. In a named endowed student award, like that of a named endowed scholarship, principle funds are collected and award(s) are given from the investment income from the endowment. Therefore, the initial investment is not impacted and the student award is able to go on in perpetuity. Endowed funds are maintained in the Consolidated Investment Fund (CIF) and are overseen by the Stetson University Board of Trustees Investment Committee. Spending is a function of annual market investment returns and the relative value of each fund to the total of all funds in the CIF. In accordance with the policy established by the Board of Trustees, the spending allocation for Stetson University College of Law is between three and six percent, based on a 12-quarter lagging average, of the total market value of all endowed funds at June 30 (end of Stetson's fiscal year).

To create a larger endowment, allowing for a greater impact on the lives of students, some donors choose to create an endowment using a combination of giving vehicles that best suit their needs. One of the most popular ways to do this is to make an outright gift to Stetson University College of Law (e.g., cash, securities, property) now, followed by a planned gift through a will or with a distribution from a retirement plan or life insurance policy. You may also have the option of making a gift that returns income to you, your spouse, or other individuals (e.g., charitable gift annuity, unitrust, annuity trust). For additional information on Stetson's charitable gift planning options, or to view personalized gift planning illustrations, please see Stetson Law's Planned Giving page.

Faculty Excellence

It has often been said that all the world's greatest colleges and universities have one thing in common &#8211 an outstanding faculty. A great faculty is critical to the academic growth of students. Just as importantly, however, a great faculty is essential to create a dynamic and supportive scholarly community. These men and women are leaders and specialists in their fields of law &#8212 teaching inspired classes, conducting breakthrough legal research, publishing timely and impactful legal resources (e.g., books, journal articles), and leading cutting edge initiatives in their fields. If you are interested in contributing to faculty excellence by endowing a chair or professorship, please contact us at alumni@law.stetson.edu.

Endowed Chair
$1.5 million minimum

A named, endowed chair is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member. These positions are reserved for the most distinguished faculty on any campus, recognizing extraordinary achievements in teaching and in scholarship. Endowed chairs help Stetson University College of Law recruit superior faculty, and retain those whose research, teaching, writing, and public service uniquely contribute to the mission of the institution.

The income from these permanent investments is used to provide a faculty member with a wide range of assistance. Chairs provide a pool of financial resources that allow Stetson Law to support the most critical teaching and professional development needs of its preeminent faculty. Some examples of the fund use include supplemental salary, program assistance, and research support. Support for these individual legal researchers and scholars, the best and brightest in their respective fields, plays a vital role in faculty recruitment and retention.

By endowing a chair you are making it possible for us to grow one of Stetson Law's most important resources &#8211 its people. This program allows Stetson to sponsor and support a faculty member of international stature, recognizing and rewarding a distinguished record of teaching, research, and publication.

Endowed Professorship
$250,000 minimum

A named, endowed professorship, like an endowed chair, recognizes extraordinary achievements in both teaching and scholarship. These professorships play a vital role in attracting and retaining proven leaders in legal education, those individuals who can drive Stetson Law's mission forward and promote our standard of excellence.

The income from these permanent investments is used in a similar fashion to the funds for endowed chairs. These funds, designated exclusively to the use of/by the named professor, allow Stetson Law to provide essential resources for teaching, research, and professional development. These resources allow the faculty member the flexibility to strengthen the impact of his or her discipline at Stetson, across the country, and throughout the world.

At Stetson University College of Law, we understand that the true pursuit of academic excellence is a key in the lives of our students. We also understand, however, that the process of creating academic excellence in our students begins with our faculty. We must continually reward and encourage the dedication and hard work of our most distinguished faculty. Endowed professorships make this possible.

Naming Opportunities

Stetson University College of Law, with its beautiful and historic buildings, makes a lasting impression on many people who walk through its doors. By naming a building or space on campus, you can support the College and leave your mark permanently on our campuses. A named classroom, courtroom, or building is a lasting gift to the College that permanently associates the name of the donor(s) with Stetson. It also allows the donor to honor the legacy of others who have played a crucial role in his/her life. Named spaces on campus can carry the name of the donor, a family member, friend, favorite professor, or a law firm.

Naming opportunities are available at many levels of giving, from purchasing an engraved brick to a building project of several million dollars. A partial list of naming opportunities (available in both Gulfport and Tampa) is available here.

If you are interested in learning more about pursuing a naming opportunity, please call 727-562-7818 or email alumni@law.stetson.edu.

Since its foundation in 1900, Stetson University College of Law has provided quality legal education that prepares students to serve their communities and others in need.

Stetson can proudly claim the following:

• Ranked No. 1 for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report

• Ranked No. 5 for legal writing by U.S. News & World Report

• Part-time program ranked 16th nationally

• Home to three academic journals, including the Stetson Law Review

• National and world champion advocacy teams

• First law school in Florida to require pro bono service by students and faculty

• Nationally acclaimed faculty

Private support is a driving force that allows Stetson Law to move forward and excel as an institution. Individual gifts of all sizes enable us to recruit and retain the best and brightest law students, expand critical programs and functions, and transform new ideas into reality.

Making a gift will allow you to invest in the future of Stetson Law while also providing you and your family with significant financial planning opportunities. Certain gifts may provide you with tax benefits while providing Stetson Law with critical resources to fulfill and expand our educational mission.

Each gift brings with it a story that reflects the loyalty of our alumni and friends and the circumstances that inspire individuals to give. For examples, see our Donor Stories.

College Relations staff members are happy to discuss your interests, provide specific information about the benefits of various giving options, and walk you through the steps necessary to make your contribution. Please contact the Office of College Relations at 727-562-7818 or alumni@law.stetson.edu.