The moment they stepped onto the Beta fire truck for their first date, Bill Christ ’68 and Jane Jochum Christ ’69 began what would become a quintessential St. Lawrence love story.
It’s a story that not only captures a love for one another, but for the enduring friendships they made and the campus that brought them together. Bill was a proud founding member of the St. Lawrence wrestling program and remains close friends with his teammates and Beta brothers. Jane was a gifted student who led a 30-plus year career as an educator, and all these years later, she almost never misses her weekly calls with her lifelong Kappa sisters.
“There are few things they love more than SLU,” their son, Bill, says of his parents, recalling the leaves changing at football games, family time in the fieldhouse, and following the 1988 men’s hockey team from Appleton all the way to the national championship game.
“Every time there’s a reason to go back, they go back. They have only positive stories from SLU—nothing but joy,” he adds. That’s what prompted Bill and his wife, Jessica, to establish the William Christ ’68 and Jane Jochum Christ ’69 Family Scholarship in his parents’ honor.
This generous $200,000 gift will, each year in perpetuity, help support a selected incoming Laurentian who has excelled academically and/or athletically at a high school in upstate New York, where Bill and Jane were both raised. It’s a fitting continuation of a story of love, friendship, and a life well lived.
Current use and endowed scholarships empower St. Lawrence to recruit the best and brightest students who will have the opportunity to discern and pursue their passions while preparing to make a positive impact on the world.
“In an increasingly challenging admissions landscape, our ability to make a St. Lawrence education affordable to prospective students and families, regardless of their background, is critical,” says Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Florence Hines P’26. “Philanthropy that directly supports our students is more important, and appreciated, than ever.”
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about establishing a current use or endowed scholarship.