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The Fordham Founder's Award recognizes individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of the University's defining traditions, as an institution dedicated to wisdom and learning in the service of others. Previous dinners have raised more than $7 million for the Fordham Founder's Presidential Scholarship Fund.  Read more.

Dinner Co-Chairs
Dinner Co-Chairs
Past Honorees
Past and this year's Honorees
The Scholars
The Awards
The Awards
Father McShane w/Steve Bepler in crowd Peter Sacripanti in crowd
Father McShane
with Steve Bepler in crowd
Peter Sacripanti in crowd
John Tognino in crowd Jack Kehoe and Kim Bepler
John Tognino in crowd
Jack Kehoe and Kim Bepler
Mary Higgins Clark w/Cardinal McCarrick The b-Sides
Mary Higgins Clark
with Cardinal McCarrick
The b-Sides
Jorge Santiago - the Founder's Scholar speaker The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Students
Jorge Santiago - the Founder's Scholar speaker The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Students
The Honorees

The 2007 Honorees, Stephen E. Bepler, FCRH '64, Kim Bepler and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, FCRH '54

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Stephen E. Bepler
Stephen E. Bepler
Kim Bepler
Kim Bepler
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Father McShane
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
Gen Keane w/Father McShane
Gen. Jack Keane
with Father McShane
Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
John Tognino
Stephen E. Bepler Kim Bepler His Emenence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Stephen E. Bepler, an investment adviser for 40 years, has been with Capital Research and Management since 1972 where he currently serves as president and principal executive officer of Capital World Growth and Income Fund and executive vice president of Europacific Growth Fund. At age 10, his family moved from New York to Seattle and settled in the city’s Jesuit parish, St. Joseph’s. After graduating from Seattle Preparatory School, Mr. Bepler chose to continue his Jesuit education at Fordham University, where he was preceded by two uncles and a brother. He earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 1964 and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1966. Steve and his wife, Kim Bepler, are strong believers in the unique value of the Jesuit educational tradition. Very involved with Fordham, they are especially pleased to have created the Karl Rahner, S.J., Chair in Theology, held by Mark S. Massa, S.J., and the John D. Boyd, S.J., Chair in Poetry. A past trustee of Fordham University, Mr. Bepler serves as a trustee of Washington Theological Union, Barnard College, Christo Rey High School and Fairfield University. Kim Bepler, the former director of business development at Cahners Travel Group, has devoted much of her time and energy pursuing philanthropic works since retiring in 2002. Inspired by her husband, Steve Bepler’s love and support of Fordham University and his admiration of the Jesuits, she began her immersion in magis by volunteering at the Nativity Mission Center, a Jesuit middle school on New York’s Lower East Side. Working tirelessly and assisting in the merger of New York City’s three Nativity Schools, both Kim and Steve Bepler also provide financial support to this network. Now vice chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Bepler strives to raise awareness of the network while partnering on creative programming, including project Discovery Camp through the Nantucket AIDS Network,which hosts student retreats. Kim and Steve Bepler have been extremely generous to Fordham, contributing to and creating scholarships, endowing faculty chairs, and supporting the renovation of the University Church. Mrs.Bepler has also provided funding to assure that flowers are in the University Church year round. His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick attended Fordham Preparatory School and joined the Fordham College at Rose Hill class of 1954. Before returning to the University after studying in Europe, he decided to study for the priesthood and entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a master’s degree in history in 1958. Upon ordination to the priesthood in 1958 he went on to earn a second master’s degree in social sciences and a Ph.D. in sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him the first Bishop of Metuchen, N.J., and as Archbishop of Newark in 1986. Elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2001,he served as Archbishop ofWashington from 2001 through 2006. Cardinal McCarrick is past chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Policy, International Policy, Migration, and Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. A human rights advocate, Cardinal McCarrick has visited many nations to survey humanitarian needs, including China, Cuba, Iran,Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Rwanda.


Since its founding, Fordham University has engaged and challenged the minds of students through the Ignatian principles of pursuit of excellence, respect for the individual, development of personal potential and commitment to service.The Fordham Founder’s Presidential Scholarship is awarded to young men and women whose curiosity of mind and strength of spirit have enabled them to go beyond the boundaries of expectation. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate through coursework, extracurricular activities and personal experiences a desire for excellence in all aspects of life. Their characteristics reflect the qualities shared by Fordham’s founding members and are mandates for the development of an ethical society.

All proceeds benefit the Fordham Founder’s Presidential Scholarship Fund.


The Fordham Founder’s Award Dinner embodies the spirit of the University’s Strategic Plan by providing recruitment funds for gifted and motivated students, increasing financial resources for the University, and raising Fordham’s profile among our alumni and the wider public.

The Fordham Founder’s Award Dinner is essentially a celebration:

  • A celebration of Fordham’s glorious past and most promising future.
  • A celebration of particular individuals whom we honor as they embody the University’s defining traditions and highest aspirations.
  • A celebration of the deserving and motivated students who benefit from our donors’ generosity.
Founder’s Circle Table
Benefactor Table
Patron Table
Donor Ticket
Young Alumni Donor Ticket
(2006-1997 graduates)

Inside Front Cover
Inside Back Cover
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Note: Reservations and Ads are due by 8  March 2007.


“By recognizing students who have already demonstrated a dedication to their studies, this scholarship provides an incentive for us to continue our diligent work. The donors truly enable Fordham to be the fine institution it is.”
Thomas J. Gucciardo, GSB ’07

“With this scholarship I have experienced an intellectual journey on campus, throughout New York City and parts of the world. Regardless of the career path I choose to follow, it will be based on the foundation of a Fordham, Jesuit education.”
Megan J. Minturn, FCLC ’07  

“My values were strengthened here, and Fordham has prepared me to survive in the real world, as my gateway to New York City. This scholarship has facilitated a well-rounded experience, from the classroom to campus activities.”
William P. Corrigan, FCRH ’07 

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