Jefferson Shreve


IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2019)
Bicentennial Medal (2019)


Over the past decades, Jefferson and Mary Shreve have played a vital role in the IU family, the cities of Bloomington and Indianapolis, and beyond. Both Indy natives and graduates of IU Bloomington, Jefferson earned his BA in political science, and Mary received her BS in apparel merchandising.

After graduation, Jefferson founded Storage Express, while Mary started a fitness studio. From Jefferson's Indianapolis City-County Council leadership to his guidance at the helm of IU's Alumni Association and their extensive philanthropic investment in higher education, the Shreves' contributions to the State of Indiana are significant.

In 2018 the couple endowed the IUPUI Campus-Wide Shreve Opportunity Scholarship and the Shreve Study Abroad Scholarship, providing life-changing opportunities and global experiences to shape today's recipients into tomorrow's leaders.

In recognition of the Shreves' longstanding and significant support of IUPUI, the new 52-foot lighted gateway to IUPUI's downtown entrance at Michigan and West streets has been named in their honor. The Shreve Gateway will serve as a memorable icon for IUPUI, a dramatic geographical focal point, and inspire pride in the Indianapolis community.