Challenge Drive

Jesuit has built a tradition of educating well rounded young men while developing them into “Men for Others.” As parents, we send our sons to Jesuit for a variety of reasons but with the common expectation that Jesuit will provide the academic rigor, spiritual development, and physical and artistic opportunities that instill within our sons the characteristics of a Jesuit graduate. While Jesuit’s mission is to provide these opportunities, parents must provide the financial resources to make this happen every year.

This year marks the 50th year of the Jesuit Parent’s Challenge Drive. The Challenge Drive is a parent-led appeal to parents of current students which helps bridge the financial gap between what Jesuit receives in tuition and what it takes to educate our boys. This essential drive supports school operations, directly benefiting every Jesuit student. In addition to providing a Jesuit education, the annual operating budget supports 116 clubs, sports teams and extracurricular activities. 100% of students participate in at least one of these activities.

The Challenge Drive aims to top last year's amount of $1.35 million raised for the 2018-2019 school year. We would like parents to consider a donation at or above the gap ($2,160), but we understand that this is not always possible. Our goal is that 100% of families participate in a personally significant way. Regardless of size, all contributions are appreciated and are fully tax-deductible. Gifts may be made in a one-time donation or in installments.

I am honored to serve as chairman of the Challenge Drive this year and look forward to helping Jesuit fulfill its mission to our boys.

God Bless

Stuart Schutze ‘89

Giving Levels

The school encourages complete participation in the Challenge Drive by offering benefits in addition to entry into the following giving societies:

Jesuit Sponsor - Up to $2,159

The GAP - $2,160

President's Club - $3,000
Donors who give at this level receive an invitation to the President's Reception.

Double GAP - $4,320
In addition to receiving the President's Club benefits, donors receive an Activities Pass allowing free admission to all home athletic events and theater productions at Jesuit Dallas.

St. Peter Claver Society - $7,500
In addition to receiving the Double GAP benefits, donors will be invited to Mass and Sunday brunch with Mike Earsing and Tom Garrison.

St. Peter Canisius Society - $15,000
In addition to receiving the Claver Society benefits donors will be invited to the annual Canisius dinner party with Mike Earsing and Tom Garrison.

St. Francis Xavier Society -$25,000
In addition to receiving the Canisius Society benefits donors will be invited to a private dinner with Mike Earsing.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Society - $50,000
In addition to receiving the Xavier Society benefits donors will be listed in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. Lifetime Giving Society.


Drive Chair: Stuart Schutze ‘89
Drive Co-Chair: Joe Corrales ‘88

Class of 2019

Steve Ayres (Chris '15, Jack '17, Charlie '19)
David Carroll '89 (David '19)
Rob Ernst (Reagan '19, Holland '21)
Roger Groom (Peyton '19)
Jon Lark (Collin '19)
Tim Norris (William '19, Michael '21)
John Rischard (Nick '10, John Michael '12, Matthew '16, Joey '19)
Eric Rozier (Ethan '19)
Stuart Schutze '89 (Zach '15, Cameron '17, Maxwell '19)

Class of 2020

Joe Corrales '88 (John '20)
Doug Dormer (Jackson '18, George '20)
Benjamin Hummel (Wyatt '19, Houston '20)
Curtis Ideker (JP '11, Hank '11, Joe '20)
Robert Thoele (Connor '20)
Jeff Yarckin (Brandon '20)
Phil Blasé (John ’20)
Ted Eades (William ’20)

Class of 2021 Chairs

Jud Clements '92 (Charlie '21)
Rob Ernst (Reagan '19, Holland '21)
Scott Hassell (Grayson '18, Tristan '21)
Gordon Law (Nick '21)
Craig Lengyel (Alex '17, Ryan '21)
Michael Neri (Carson '21, Marshall '21)
Tim Norris (William '19, Michael '21)
Pat Schurr '82 (Ryan '21)
Matt Victorine (Peter '21)

Class of 2022 Chairs

Alan Butz (Zackary ’18, Dylan ’20, Blake ’22)
Michael Savage ’83 (Thomas ’22)
Tim Schnitzius ’82 (Philip ’17, Nicolas ’19, Daniel ’22)
Joel Sharp ’87 (Jack ’22)
John Mina (William ’22)
Keith Boling (Nicholas ’22)
Thomas Allred (Ryan ’22)
Michael Markey (Luke ’19, Christian ’22)
Brad Lee (Mason ’22)


What is the Challenge Drive?

Challenge Drive is the Current Parents’ portion of our Annual Giving Drive and is designed to offset annual operating expenses. The purpose of the Challenge Drive is to cover the GAP ($2,160) between the tuition that is collected and the actual cost to educate a student for the 2018-19 academic year.

Why does the school ask us for contributions in addition to what we already send to the school in tuition and fees?

Tuition does not cover the total cost to educate a student. Charitable gifts raised in support of the Challenge Drive are designed to bridge the financial GAP ($2,160) between tuition income and actual operating costs of the school.

Why doesn't the school charge enough to cover operating costs?

Jesuit strives to maintain tuition at a level that enables families of every socio-economic level the ability to provide a Catholic education for their child while continuing to provide academic excellence.

Why should I give?

There are many opportunities to support Jesuit, however Challenge Drive is the primary fundraising opportunity of the year for current parents and is vital to the annual operating budget. Gifts to Jesuit College Prep are tax-deductible and enable programs and opportunities beyond those covered by tuition alone.

Can we make a gift to a specific purpose?

The Annual Giving Fund seeks to provide unrestricted gifts as a budget relieving mechanism. If you would like to make an additional gift to an established Endowment you are interested in supporting, please speak to a Gift Officer.

How much have others given?

Jesuit requests as many parents as possible to give the GAP ($2,160) or higher. For parents with multiple students, we ask you to remember that the GAP ($2,160) is determined on a per-student basis. That said, all gifts are appreciated, and we ask all parents to be generous as their means allow.

What if I can’t afford to contribute the full GAP?

A goal of the Drive is to have every family participate in a personally significant way. Jesuit relies on the generosity of parents who are able to contribute at whatever amount is within their means.

Is our gift tax-deductible?

All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

When do I make my pledge?

Pledge anytime between now and Challenge Drive Sunday. You may mail in your pledge card or pledge online here.

What is Challenge Drive Sunday?

Challenge Drive Sunday (October 7, 2018) celebrates the end of the drive and brings parents together to reach 100% participation. If you have not made your pledge by Challenge Drive Sunday, a volunteer will call you to request your pledge card.

Still have questions?

Contact Joelle Abi-Habib ( / 972-387-8700 x 335) or Trent Stephens ( / 972-387-8700 x277)