This year, a group of admirers commemorated the anniversary of his death with a memorial dinner, raising $4,000 and bringing the scholarship’s endowment to about $280,000.
Two years ago, three men showed up to a Mass at Bellarmine Chapel on the anniversary of Savage’s death. “They told us they had been students of Fr. Savage, and they get together every year to remember him,” says Joseph Wessling, program facilitator for Ignatian Programs and a retired professor of English who coordinates the fund.
Why such dedication? “He’d have 20 people sign up and 10 of them would withdraw because he expected so much from them,” says Wessling. “But for those who stayed—not only did they learn a lot, but he changed their lives.”