The Eagle Fund

The Eagle Fund is ESM’s annual giving fund. Gifts to the Eagle Fund provide for items in our “greatest need” and contribute to our general fund. These gifts help keep tuition affordable for all students, supports special programming, and funds projects that might otherwise be missed.

This year the contributions to the Eagle Fund will be eligible for a double match!  The first $51,000 contributed will be invested in the ESM Endowment. Then, through the Lutheran Foundation’s Endowment Match Program, ESM will receive matching gift invested in the endowment and an operational grant to support our students.  $51,000 can become $153,000 of impact. It’s like tripling every gift!

We count on parents, grandparents, congregational members, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends to invest in our students’ futures. Your gift to the Eagle fund helps create, sustain, and grow the Christian education ministry of ESM.

To learn more, please contact our principal, Dr. Ben Stellwagen at 260.422.6712 or by email below. 


Bryson Patterson was a student of Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School (ESM) and confirmed in the Christian faith at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. A scholarship has been established in his memory to assist families with tuition in the Early Childhood Program at ESM. If you would like your donation to be directed to this scholarship, please note 'Bryson Patterson Memorial Fund' in the comments section below of the donation form. If you would prefer to donate by cash or check you can send to:

c/o Finance Manager
1123 Union St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802


How your gift helps:

  • $25.00 - Every amount makes a difference
  • $100.00 - Help provide access to instructional technology
  • $250.00 - Leave a lasting impact by helping us meet our match goal
  • $500.00 - Help students receive the curriculum and technology to excel
  • $1,000.00 - Build a foundation of financial support for current and future students