The 1837 Society

The 1837 Society
Building Tomorrow’s Tradition Today

Current Marshall students and recent graduates know firsthand what the Marshall University experience holds for students. With your leadership, you help ensure that Marshall maintains its academic program excellence while continuing to expand opportunities for future students.

What is it?

The 1837 Society is an effort led by alumni and students whose goal is to promote a tradition of giving among current Marshall University students and recent graduates.


Any current undergraduate or graduate student or Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) who makes a monetary gift to any Marshall University gift fund in a single fiscal year (July 1- June 30) will automatically become a member of the 1837 Society for one year.

Members are encouraged to give to the Annual Fund for their college, funds that benefit students across campus such as the General Scholarship Fund, and/or the Marshall University Foundation Hall & Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.


Recent Graduate Members
  • Career networking and mentorship opportunities
  • Recognition on the Marshall University Foundation website
  • Special invitations to members only events (at least two events annually including a fall tailgate & spring event)
  • Active membership in the Marshall University Alumni Association with full membership benefits
Student Members
  • Opportunities to network with alumni members of the 1837 Society
  • Recognition on the Marshall University Foundation website
  • Active membership in the Marshall University Alumni Association with full membership benefits

1837 Society Members Can Make a Difference

While average comparable universities boast a 15 percent participation rate for alumni giving, Marshall lags behind with approximately 8 percent of alumni supporting academic programming and related projects. Recent graduates and students can give a little and make a big difference in today and tomorrow’s alumni participation rates which play an important role in seeking corporate and foundation funding, as well as contributed to improving standings in US News and World Report.

The value of your gift can be increased if you work for more than 8,000 U.S. companies which match their employees’ gifts to the Marshall University Foundation. Click here to search our matching gift data base or contact your human resources department to find out if your employer matches gifts made to the Foundation.

Learn more

For more information contact Griffin Talbott at