Howard Society


The Howard Society, named after two of Principia's earliest benefactors—Clarence and Minnie Morey Howard—honors those whose annual giving totals $1,000 or more. The Howards' steadfast and generous contributions provided critical support during Principia's fledgling years and later enabled the school to expand.

The Howards also hoped their contributions would inspire others to make leadership gifts. By joining the Howard Society, you fulfill that hope and extend their legacy of leadership giving. Contributions directly benefit students by meeting both current and long-range financial needs. 

Membership Information

  • Alumni and friends whose annual giving (July 1–June 30) totals $1,000 or more are eligible for membership in the Howard Society. Gifts may be made by check, credit card, or appreciated securities, and directed to any unrestricted or restricted purpose, including the Annual Fund, student aid, capital improvements, endowment, or program and department support.
  • Membership is renewable on an annual basis. Couples may qualify through their combined total giving. In addition, corporate matching gifts fully apply toward membership.
  • There are three giving levels. (Member: $1,000–$4,999; Fellowship Circle: $5,000–$9,999; Founders' Circle: $10,000 or more)

Benefits of Membership

Along with the satisfaction of belonging to a community of alumni and friends devoted to sharing Principia's tradition of excellence with generations to come, Howard Society members receive the following benefits:

  • Advance notice and special invitations to selected Principia events
  • Invitations to Howard Society member events
  • Updates from Principia administrators
  • Access to an online collection of campus information and communications
  • Copies of Principia publications including selected talks and Speaker Series programs

Impact of Leadership Giving

Howard Society members' contributions directly benefit students and faculty. Unrestricted gifts support every aspect of Principia, including the following:

  • Financial aid for qualified students
  • Opportunities for experiential learning
  • Professional development for faculty and staff
  • Access to advanced technologies and other educational tools
  • Enhancements to student activities and residential life

Restricted gifts can be designated to support specific academic, athletic, and capital improvement priorities, including student aid, the endowment, and reunion giving programs.

Ultimately, however, the impact of leadership-level investments extends far beyond campus borders to the churches, communities, and countries where Principians live and work after they finish school. In short, Howard Society gifts make a difference around the world!

If you would like to speak to someone about the Howard Society, please contact Amy Nickell at 314.514.3164 or