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Founders Day Gala
Founders Day Gala

The inaugural

Founders Day Gala

Saturday, October 16, 2021
6 p.m.
OceanFirst Bank Center

Celebrating Access and Excellence

In 1933, during the throes of the Great Depression, Monmouth opened its doors as a junior college to offer quality education to local students aspiring to earn a college degree. Providing deserving students access to higher education regardless of their economic circumstance has always been paramount to Monmouth University’s mission. As Monmouth evolved—first into a four-year college, then into a nationally ranked university boasting doctoral programs, Division I athletics, and state-of-the-art facilities—our commitment to access remained steadfast.

This academic year, while achieving its highest-ever ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges, Monmouth University also welcomed its most diverse and academically prepared class ever. Today, nearly one-third of Monmouth students are Pell-grant eligible, and half identify as the first in their family to attend college.

To ensure the Monmouth experience continues to remain accessible to an increasingly diverse student population, we have established the Founders Day Gala. This premier event will benefit the Monmouth Access Fund, which will support scholarships for students with financial need, affording them access to a highly personalized Monmouth education.

As part of the event, President Patrick F. Leahy will award the University’s highest honor, the President’s Medal, to Trustee Emeritus Robert B. Sculthorpe ’63, ’15HN.

Robert B. Sculthorpe photograph

Inaugural President’s Medal Recipient

Robert B. Sculthorpe ’63, ’15HN has been a champion of Monmouth University for more than a quarter century, serving with distinction on the Board of Trustees, while generously supporting diverse initiatives that have strengthened the academic and cultural life of campus.

Read more about Robert B. Sculthorpe ’63, ’15HN

Sculthorpe received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Monmouth College and went on to enjoy a storied 35-year career with Morgan Stanley. He retired in 2003 from his position as vice chair of Morgan Stanley International and managing director of its Private Client Group in London, where he was responsible for all Asian, European, and Middle East private client business.

Sculthorpe was first elected to Monmouth University’s Board of Trustees in 2003, and served for more than a decade in various roles, including Board Chair from 2010 to 2014. In 2016, he was elected Trustee Emeritus. His support of Monmouth’s academic programs includes the establishment of the annual Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Memorial Scholarship, which is named in honor of his late daughter and funds student and faculty research projects that make a positive impact in coastal communities. The University’s largest research vessel also bears Heidi’s name in recognition of another generous gift from Sculthorpe.

A staunch supporter of the arts, Sculthorpe was instrumental in bringing Metropolitan Opera programming to campus. He was also an early benefactor of the OceanFirst Bank Center, which serves as the area’s premier venue for large-scale concerts and is home to several Monmouth athletics teams.

Sculthorpe’s service, leadership, and contributions have been vital and true to the values of Monmouth University. He is richly deserving of the inaugural President’s Medal, and we look forward to celebrating his outstanding commitment to Monmouth alongside you during the 2021 Founders Day Gala.

I can think of no one more deserving of receiving the inaugural President’s Medal than Bob Sculthorpe, whose extraordinary service to, and support of, Monmouth University has provided so many opportunities for our students. I encourage you to join me in honoring him as we establish this new tradition—one that will help ensure a Monmouth education remains affordable for all deserving students.

Please consider becoming a Founders Day Gala 2021 sponsor. Your support can—and will—change students’ lives.

Patrick F. Leahy
President, Monmouth University

For More Information

For questions regarding sponsorship and ad journal opportunities, please contact us at or 732-263-5400.

Your Opportunity

All proceeds will benefit the Monmouth Access Fund.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Founder – $35,000 and above

  • Three (3) tables (up to 30 tickets)
  • Premier seating
  • Inclusion on print and digital marketing materials
  • Prominent placement on event website
  • Premier event signage
  • Inside front cover ad journal, as available (4.5” wide x 7.5” high)

Summa Cum Laude – $25,000

  • Two (2) tables (up to 20 tickets)
  • Premier seating
  • Prominent placement on event website
  • Event signage
  • Back cover or inside back cover, as available (4.5” wide x 7.5” high)

Magna Cum Laude – $15,000

  • One (1) table (up to 10 tickets)
  • Premier seating
  • Placement on event website
  • Event signage
  • Full page ad within the ad journal (4.5” wide x 7.5” high)

Doctorate – $10,000

  • One (1) table (up to 10 tickets)
  • Event signage
  • Half page ad within the ad journal (4.5” wide x 3.75” high)

Masters – $5,000

  • Four (4) event tickets
  • Half page ad within the ad journal (4.5” wide x 3.75” high)

Bachelors – $2,500

  • Two (2) event tickets
  • Quarter page ad within ad journal (4.5” wide x 1.875” high)

Ad Journal Opportunities

Full Page Ad – $1,500

  • 4.5” wide x 7.5” high

Half Page Ad – $750

  • 4.5” wide x 3.75” high

Quarter Page Ad – $500

  • 4.5” wide x 1.875” high

In compliance with IRS regulations, your fees are tax-deductible to the extent that payment exceeds the fair market value of goods and services received by attendee. The tax-deductible portion will benefit the Monmouth Access Fund.

Please note: If the University decides to cancel the event, you will be notified and your registration fees will be fully refunded. Reservations not kept or canceled by the individual are non-refundable.