The Spartan Fund

The Spartan Fund — formerly known as the Annual Fund — is one of the school's most significant philanthropic initiatives. It enables us to meet the full costs of a De Smet Jesuit education beyond what tuition revenues solely support.

All gifts to The Spartan Fund immediately impact the school's most pressing needs and primarily benefit our current students in all aspects of their educational experience. In addition to supporting our academic, spiritual, technological, athletic, and co-curricular initiatives, gifts to The Spartan Fund also help ensure that the necessary funds are available to provide tuition assistance for our students from families with demonstrated need.

We are all Spartans: students, alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends of De Smet Jesuit. Together, we fufill our school’s mission to educate “Men for and With Others.” Your gifts demonstrate your belief in the value of a Jesuit, Catholic education, and affirm the good work we do every day in and out of the classroom to help young men develop not only their minds, but also a personal relationship with God, an understanding of the world around them, and their responsibility to serve.

Many of our programs would not be possible without the contributions of donors like you. Thank you for showing your Spartan pride and support through the Spartan Fund.

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Meet the Team

Jeff Cernicek

Jeff Cernicek

Class of 1992
Director of Development
BS, Marketing/Advertising, Missouri State University
Debbie Higgins

Debbie Higgins

Director of Communications
BA, English Writing & English Literature, Saint Mary's College
Becky Lane

Becky Lane

Director of Special Events
BSOT, Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas
CPR/AED Certified, Mercy Hospital
Pat Morris

Pat Morris

Class of 2006
Director of Alumni Engagement, Alumni Relations
BA, Journalism, University of Denver
Anna Oliver

Anna Oliver

Database Manager
BA, German Language and Literature, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Tom Sothers

Tom Sothers

Teacher/Spartan Association Moderator/Scholar Bowl Coach, Department Chair, Spartan Parents Association Moderator, Scholar Bowl Coach
MLA, Washington University
BA, History, St. Louis University
BA, Education, St. Louis University