Challenge Drive

The Challenge Drive is an annual campaign to make up the difference between what Jesuit Dallas charges for tuition and what it actually costs to educate a student - the “Gap”.

Jesuit Dallas is a special place. It is full of talented faculty, staff, and administrators. It is blessed with loving and passionate parents. It is enriched by a vibrant alumni base. And, most importantly, Jesuit Dallas is dedicated to educating approximately 1,100 young men in a faith-based environment.

Your donation to the Challenge Drive ensures that tuition remains affordable. The funds raised from the Challenge Drive go directly to operating our school, so it is important that each family participates.

It is impossible to understand your individual financial situation, but I certainly know and fully appreciate the numerous financial pressures that we all face. I don’t ask for your contribution lightly and I know that it will be a financial sacrifice on some level for all of us.

This year the Gap is $2,104. If you are financially able to give at the Gap level or above, please do so. If you cannot contribute at the Gap level or above, I ask that, after some reflection, you give what you can.

We are all raising young men. We are all entrusting Jesuit to help us with our task. Thank you in advance for taking the Challenge.

Pete Delkus (Peter '18)
Challenge Drive Chair

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 $2,103

The GAP - $2,104

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

Double GAP - $4,208
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.


Class of 2018

John Beach (Cole ’18)
Jim Bitterman (Hank ’18)
Alan Butz (Zack ’18, Dylan '20)
Bill Cave ’83 (Tripp ’18, Roman '20)
Scott Hassell (Grayson ’18, Tristan '21)
Scott Jackson '82 (John '18)
Frank Marshall '83 (Zach ’12, Cooper ’17, Joshua ’18)
Kenny Penn (Nicholas ’18)
Lanny Raney (Lucas ’18, Landon '21)

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)
Jeff Glenn (Jackson '17, Reed '20)
Ben Hummel (Wyatt '19, Houston '20)
Curtis Ideker (JP '11, Hank '11, Joe '20)
Robert Thoele (Connor '20)
Jeff Yarckin (Brandon '20)
Steven Wrinkle (Manolo '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)


What is the Challenge Drive?

Challenge Drive is the Current Parents’ portion of our annual giving program and is design to offset annual operating expenses. The purpose of the Challenge Drive is to cover the GAP ($2,104) between the tuition that is collected and the actual cost to educate a student for the 2017-18 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 ($2,104) between tuition income and actual operating costs of the School.

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

Jesuit Dallas strives to maintain tuition at a level that enables families of every socioeconomic status the ability to provide a Catholic education for their child while continuing to offer an unparalleled educational experience.

Why should I give?

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

Can we make a gift to a specific purpose?

The Challenge Drive seeks to provide unrestricted gifts as a budget relieving mechanism. However, if there is an established Endowment you are interested in supporting, please let us know.

How much have others given?

The only gift too small - is no gift at all. Jesuit needs as many parents as possible to give the GAP ($2,104).For parents with multiple students, we ask you to remember that the GAP ($2,104) is determined on a per-student basis.

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 meaningful way. Jesuit Dallas relies on the generosity of parents who are able to contribute at whatever amount is within their means.

Is our gift tax-deductible?

Gifts to Jesuit Dallas are tax deductible and enable programs and opportunities beyond those covered by tuition alone. Upon receipt of a gift, a tax receipt is issued for each individual gift.

When do I make my pledge?

Pledge anytime between now and Challenge Drive Sunday.

What is Challenge Drive Sunday?

Challenge Drive Sunday 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 may call or visit you to request your pledge card.

Still have questions?

Contact Shelly Schutze at or 972-387-8700 x340.