The Ut Prosim Society was established in 1986 under the leadership of William Edward Lavery, president of Virginia Tech from 1975-1987. Created to recognize donors who are leaders within the community of philanthropy that sustains Virginia Tech, the distinguished alumni and friends who comprise the membership of the Ut Prosim Society are those whose unwavering support of the university epitomizes the truest sense of the Latin phrase that defines the spirit and mission of Virginia Tech: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
In May 1987, at the inaugural gathering of the Ut Prosim Society, 230 individual members were officially inducted. Membership in the society tripled during the first decade and is now closing in on 2,000 members.
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Alumni and friends who have, either as individuals or as couples, made lifetime contributions of $100,000 or more are recognized as Ut Prosim Society members. Four recognition levels, each based on lifetime giving, provide members opportunities to advance within the society.
The Ut Prosim Society has four giving levels:
Qualifying gifts may be combined and include:
Ray Curry never planned on going to college, but an apprenticeship working with Virginia Tech graduates peaked his interest. He went on to become the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college.
Today, he is a distinguished benefactor of Virginia Tech and a member of the university's Ut Prosim Society. Click on the photo above to read more about Curry's story in the Winter 2012 issue of Impact.