Jack Schramm’s 75th Jubilee; Recognizing a Lifetime Commitment
This year marks Jack Schramm’s 75th anniversary of graduating from St. Joseph’s Military Academy. From his enrollment as a freshman in the fall of 1936 to today Jack has dedicated so much of his energy and spirit to the school. To recognize his lifetime contribution we are raising $100,000 in his honor to dedicate a portion of the soon to be renovated fourth floor as the Jack Schramm Reception Hall and Museum.
Last spring the long-awaited elevator project allowed more ready access to the school’s top floor. Plans include locating the alumni and advancement office to the top floor, along with the Fr. Blaine Burkey Center for Research. A large portion will also be renovated into a school museum and reception space to accommodate reunion events and dinners with displays housing rotating exhibits to honor the history given to the school by its many storied alumni. All class photos will be digitalized and relocated to this hall as well.
This particular space is special to Jack as it is where he slept in his bunk during his final three years at SJMA as a Cadet Officer. It faces
the Grotto he loves and holds decades of memories to him. It’s a great tribute to him for his name to now be permanently attached to this particular corner of “The School.”
Jack’s contributions span many decades. As a student he was a debater, marksman, and cheerleader. Graduating in 1940, he remained for two more years to earn his Associates Degree from St. Joseph’s Junior College. He was awarded the ROTC Medal of Honor in 1941 and was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1942. Jack served our country in the European Theatre of Operations and was decorated with the Bronze Star.
An avid booster of SJMA through the mid 1960’s Jack recruited many students from Albuquerque and hosted scores of alumni events. He returned to Hays in 1967 to serve as the first lay director of admissions at SJMA. Over the years he served as the director of the alumni association, and founding director of the endowment foundation as well. In 1974 Jack was instrumental in the very first A.C.E. (Auction for Christian Education) and accepted the first gift for the TMP-Marian Endowment Foundation which currently holds nearly $7 million in assets. Jack retired from the school in 1992 but remained a fixture at games and activities as long as he was physically able. Currently Jack resides at Via Christi in Hays.
The dream of this gathering and museum space can be a reality with your contribution honoring Jack. We invite you to consider honoring his legacy with a gift for each of his years of alumni status:
The first three pledges came from Jack’s children: Kathy Ensworth ’72, Julie Clifton ’77, and Dave Schramm ’82. They invite other alumni siblings to consider pooling their resources for a family contribution.
Currently we anticipate 5 permanent displays which would provide naming opportunities of $7,500 each.
Pledges over $1,000 may be paid off over a period up to 3 years. Gifts over $750 will be permanently remembered in the space. All gifts are fully tax deductible.