Join the Magellan Circle


The Magellan Circle is a society for donors who contribute $1,000 a year or more to the Dean's Fund for Excellence.

The money raised in the Magellan Circle supports the Dean's Fund for Excellence, which in turn provides for student travel, visiting scholars, faculty research, and excellence-in-teaching awards. An additional $750 sponsors a student scholarship.

Named for Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the first successful circumnavigation of the globe, the Circle offers the chance for you to help us discover the world – the physical, the cognitive and the social – through the academics of Social and Behavioral Sciences' 30+ departments and research centers.

Membership Levels

  • Become an Explorer with annual contribution of at least $1,000 to the Magellan Circle.
  • Join our Patrons with an annual contribution of at least $1,750 to the Magellan Circle, which includes $750 to the Magellan Circle Scholarship program.

Lifetime Membership

You can become a lifetime member by giving:

  • A gift of cash or securities valued at $25,000 or more
  • A current planned gift valued at $50,000 or more
  • A bequest of $100,000 or more

Membership Benefits

  • Invitation to annual appreciation reception with the Dean.
  • Invitations to exclusive trips to explore aspects of the college's research and geography.
  • Invitations to seminars, lectures, and special events.
  • Meeting your scholar at an annual Magellan Scholars gathering.
  • Recognition in the our Developments publication.

How to Join

If you'd like to join the Magellan Circle, you can fill out the Donation Form, or for more information please call the Development Team at (520) 626-6977.

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