The Institute Society

Above the ordinary, constant, and generous.

Since 1975, the members of The Institute Society have been leaders in support of VMI, routinely donating more than two-thirds of the unrestricted money raised annually through the Foundation Fund. This generosity has done much to ensure the Institute's academic and co-curricular programs remain strong and place VMI in the front rank of American higher education.

Opportunities for Membership

  • George C. Marshall Order: $100,000 or more in lifetime giving
  • Francis H. Smith Order: $10,000 - $99,999
  • Scott Shipp Order: $5,000 - $9,999
  • J.T.L. Preston Order: $3,000 - $4,999 **
  • Thomas J. Jackson Order: $1,500 - $2,999
  • Cadet John B. Strange Order: Younger alumni – those who graduated in the last 15 years – may join The Institute Society at the following annual gift levels:
    • $250 – Classes 2015 to 2011
    • $500 – Classes 2010 to 2006
    • $1,000 – Classes 2005 to 2001

** The J.T.L Preston Order also recognizes annual gifts of $3,000 or more to any Foundation-managed fund or endowment.