Giving Societies and Levels

Read about our Giving Societies and levels:

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  • Ross M. Lynn Society ($5,000+)

    Lynn Society
    President: D. Ellis Haddad '91

    The society is named for Ross M. Lynn, headmaster of the school from its reopening in 1955 until 1978. Col. Lynn, more than any other individual, set the tone for the MUS spirit that is still alive today. The Ross M. Lynn Society is a group of alumni, parents, and friends who are committed to maintaining the legacy of truth, honor, and academic excellence at MUS espoused by Col. Lynn.

    A man of great compassion and integrity, Ross M. Lynn dedicated his life to helping young men grow into responsible adults. He was far above the ordinary and truly an inspiration to those who knew him. Students respected his strong sense of fairness, tempered with firmness, and they realized that his concern for their welfare was genuine.

    The inherent goal of the Ross M. Lynn Society will be to see that the traditions of truth, honor, and academic excellence live on at MUS.

    Members of this society will include those whose annual support of MUS is $5,000 or more, unrestricted for current operating purposes. This level of support will ensure that MUS continues to attract and retain distinguished faculty and that it keeps pace with technology, teaching equipment, library collections, and all that goes into offering an education of the highest quality.

    Members of the Ross M. Lynn Society will be kept informed about the objectives, programs, and plans of the school, and their participation in the life of MUS will be encouraged. The involvement of the Lynn Society in important institutional matters will be of real benefit to the progress of the school. On a continuing basis, members of the Society will be asked to serve as ambassadors of MUS. The importance of having a corps of influential individuals who are well informed about the school and who can interpret it to others cannot be overestimated. Members will also be invited as guests to participate in special campus events and academic occasions.

    Chairman's Circle - $50,000+
    Headmaster's Circle - $25,000+
    Sustainer - $15,000+
    Benefactor - $10,000+
    Patron - $7,500+
    Member - $5,000+
  • D. Eugene Thorn Society ($1,000+)

    Thorn Society
    President: Scott S. Sherman '89

    The D. Eugene Thorn Society is composed of some of Memphis University School's most devoted friends and leaders. The Society recognizes its members for their generosity and provides them with opportunities to develop a closer relationship with the School. The Society is named for and honors D. Eugene Thorn, a dedicated teacher, mentor, and leader who served MUS for 37 years.

    Gene Thorn began his 37-year tenure at Memphis University School in 1955 when the school was re-established and reopened. He served as counselor, friend, and role model to an entire generation of young men through his various positions as math teacher, coach, athletic director, Mathematics Department Chair, associate headmaster, and fourteen years as headmaster.

    Members of the Thorn Society set an outstanding example for others to follow through their generosity and school involvement. Members of the Society provide annual unrestricted gifts of $1,000* to $4,999. These leadership gifts make it possible for some of the best teachers in the nation to engage promising students in intellectual growth, moral development, and social responsibility. The gifts also provide essentials such as library books, faculty salaries, laboratory equipment, financial aid, and funds for student activities.

    *Membership begins at $100 for Emerging Leaders.

    Memphis University School invites you to become a member of the D. Eugene Thorn Society and become more involved with the school. You will receive periodic updates and news releases to keep you informed of the objectives, programs, events, and plans of the school, as well as invitations to participate in campus events and programs.

    Your involvement in this leadership society will set the standard, indeed the direction, of the school's future. Furthermore, your association with the Thorn Society will serve to inspire others to commitment, to generosity, and to excellence.

    Headmaster's Circle - $3,500+
    Sustainer - $3,000+
    Benefactor - $2,500+
    Patron - $1,500+
    Member - $1,000+
  • Emerging Leaders (Classes 2010-18: $100+)

    D. Eugene Thorn Society Emerging Leaders Executive Committee

    David J. Lee '12 and Paul K. Stephens '10, Co-Presidents
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  • Other Giving Levels ($1-500)

    Honor Circle $500+
    Scholar Circle $250+
    Faculty Club $100+
    Owls Club $50+
    Donor $1+
  • Collegiate Circle (Classes 2018-22: $15+)

    The Collegiate Circle recognizes the most recent alumni who graduated within the last five years and who support the Annual Fund during their college years.* Memphis University School realizes what a significant gift this represents to our young alumni and values the generosity of these young men who have taken a leadership role in contributing to the Annual Fund and the school’s future success.

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Giving Details

You may use a credit card or Apple Pay while using the Online Donation Form. Accepted credit cards are MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. If you prefer using Venmo, go to @MUSOwlsGive (last four digits are 7841) on your phone (include your class year in the subject line) or go HERE if you prefer Bitcoin.