“We started our educational endowment because we believe that the most lasting gift a child can receive is a quality Catholic education. We both recognize the life-long benefits of our Catholic educations as well as our children’s. Our hope is that this tuition assistance will provide others with the same opportunity to grow in their faith, excel in their learning, and become good contributing members of their communities.”

Ron ‘59 and Kathy Hollander
Ave Maria Society Charter Members

What is an Endowment?

An endowment is a donation to Mater Dei High School that is invested to provide ongoing income for the school. The gifts contributed to an endowment are considered the “corpus” or “principal” and remain untouched. Mater Dei receives an annual distribution from the interest income to support the school. Endowments can be named to honor or memorialize a family or loved one and can be designated for a specific purpose, i.e., tuition assistance, technology, athletics, science, etc.

The investments are professionally managed and adhere to a policy that is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. An endowment is a gift that continues to benefit the school for perpetuity. A minimum $5,000 gift must be given to establish an endowment. Many colleges and other organizations are able to provide significant annual income through their endowments.

What is a Memorial Gift?

Memorial gifts are a great way for individuals and groups to honor their loved ones, and they help Mater Dei continue to provide a quality Catholic education. Each year, many family and friends honor their loved ones who have passed with gifts made at the funeral home to Mater Dei High School.

Mater Dei graciously accepts gifts which are restricted to a specific program or purpose, in addition to unrestricted gifts which are made available to assist with current school priorities.

Mater Dei will send all contributors a thank you letter and receipt of the tax-deductible donation. In addition, the family of a person who has passed will receive a list of all contributors so they can acknowledge the contributions in their own way.

To learn more about memorial gifts, please contact Mallory Hertel (mhertel@evdio.org) or call 812-421-5727.

Endowments established for the benefit of Mater Dei High School

Joe Gossman Endowment

Edward A. Arnold Education Endowment

Ira Gerard and Theresa Boots Educational Endowment

Ira Joseph and Dorothy Jane Boots Family Endowment

Borries Family Endowment

Bart J. Crecco Memorial Scholarship Fund

Mary Jane Muensterman “Janie” Dale Endowment

Father William Deering Memorial Scholarship

Jim and Doris Dewig Endowment

George and Bette Duncan Education Endowment

Mike and Clarita Ellert Endowment

Fifth Third Foundation Education Endowment

Bishop’s Endowment for Mater Dei High School

Andrew and Darlene Goebel Endowment

James A. and Sandra S. Weinzapfel Endowment in honor of Matthew J. and Olivia C. Weinzapfel

Joseph and Patricia Gossman Endowment

Michelle Diane Greenwell Memorial Scholarship

Robert and Judy Griffin Charitable Endowment

Theresa and William Helfrich Endowment

Ron and Kathy Hollander Education Endowment

Harold and Shirley Kempf Family Endowment

Bob King Endowment and Bob King Fund

Seibert-Knapp Family Endowment

Patricia Koch Family Education Endowment

DiAnne and Larry Kremer Endowment

Reverend Raymond Kuper Fund for Education Excellence Endowment

Monsignor William Lautner Endowment

Jerry & Charlotte MacGregor Family Endowment

Mater Dei Friends & Alumni Association Endowment


Bob and Mary Lue Russler Mater Dei High School Scholarship Endowment

Mater Dei Teachers Education Endowment

Paul and Nancy Mayer Endowment

Dan and Laura Niemeier Endowment

James A. Niemeier Wrestling Endowment

Tom and Joan Niemeier Family Endowment

Sister Victoria Pohl Education Endowment

Mater Dei Science & Technology Endowment

Rex Mundi Continuing Catholic Education Endowment

David and M. Darlene Robinson Endowment

Robert and Rosemary Rooney Family Endowment

Donald W. and M. Patricia Rupprecht Mater Dei High School Endowment

Robert and Mary Lue Russler Tuition Assistance Endowment

Mater Dei Operating Endowment

Jack and Kate Siemers Family Endowment

Stan Singer Excellence in Writing Award Endowment

The Joseph T. Theby Scholarship Endowment Fund

Thomas O. Tighe Memorial Tennis Endowment

Al and Darlene Weinzapfel and Family Endowment

Jerry and Helen Weinzapfel Tuition Assistance Endowment

Jerry and Helen Weinzapfel Endowment

Kyle Weis Tuition Assistance Endowment

The John and Marian Witting Scholarship Endowment Fund

Louie Wittmer Nursing and Medical Education Endowment

Jeff and Leanne Happe Endowment

Robert M. Miller Endowment

Jerry & Cherie Burgdorf Endowment

“Our decision to endow the Mater Dei Music Department was driven by much more than our love for the school and our appreciation for the role MD played in our formative years.  As musicians ourselves, we are keenly aware of the research that demonstrates the substantial, measurable, positive academic impact music and arts education can have on students who participate.  Our goal, therefore, is to help create an ever-increasing quality educational product for Mater Dei students.”

Justin ‘56 and Shirley (Adler) Clements ‘56
Ave Maria Society Charter Members