Financial Aid Funds

Arrial Seelye Cogan Scholarship Fund 
Arrial Cogan was a trustee, parent, grandparent and esteemed friend at Grace Church School. This fund, established by her children in her memory provides financial aid for qualified children who might not otherwise be able to attend the school.
 
Barbara June Cornell Fund for Inclusion 
This fund, devoted to providing scholarships for African-American and Latino students, was established by Drucilla Cornell and Gregory DeFreitas in honor of Ms. Cornell’s mother.
 
Grace Church School Scholarship Endowment 
Established by the school and funded by gifts from parents, alumni/ae, parents of alumni/ae, grandparents, friends and foundations, this fund supports financial aid for qualified students.

Fund for Student Support
This fund was created by an anonymous donor and with continual support of parents and friends it allows all students to have full access to both enrichment and support within as well as outside the school.
 
E. Allison Grant Scholarship Fund 
Started by parents and alumni/ae in 1963 in honor of Mr. Grant, Headmaster from 1947 to 1969, the fund provides financial aid for qualified students.
 
Jean A. Hughes Family Scholarship Endowment for Students of Color 
In honor of his mother, alumnus Von Hughes ‘83 established this fund to provide financial aid to students of color at Grace Church School.
 
Parents' Association Scholarship Endowment Fund 
Established in 1981 by the Parents' Association, this endowment for financial aid is increased each year with proceeds from the Parents' Association Benefit.
 
Stokes Scholarship Fund 
Created by the will of Lettice Sands Phelps Stokes to provide financial assistance to qualified applicants.

Faculty Funds

Eighth Grade Fund for Faculty 
Initiated in 1990 and supported by every graduating class since, the fund expresses appreciation to the teachers of Grace Church School by providing study and travel grants and other enrichment for faculty members.
 
The Kingsley Ervin Endowment For Excellence in Teaching 
This fund for faculty compensation was established in 1995 by past Board Chairs of Grace Church School in tribute to Kingsley Ervin's extraordinary years of leadership as Headmaster.
 
Grace Church School Faculty Endowment 
Established by the school and funded by gifts from parents, alumni/ae, parents of alumni/ae, grandparents and friends, this fund supports faculty salaries and benefits.

Program Support Funds

Jeannette Keimling Bailey Library Book Fund 
This fund was established by Lowell Mintz in 1993 to honor longtime teacher, librarian, parent and friend, Jeannette Bailey. Proceeds from the fund are used to purchase library books that reflect Mrs. Bailey's interest in literature.
 
Gwendolyn M. Chaloner Poetry Fund 
Named for former teacher and head of the lower school, this fund was established by the Chaloner Family to provide an annual poetry prize for a fourth grade student.

The Florence Gould Fund for French and European Studies
The Gould Foundation established this fund to support the study of French language and European history and culture.  It sponsors student exchange programs in France and student internships in relevant institutions.  The fund also supports faculty salaries, professional development and curriculum growth.
 
The Philip Hourwich Fund 
This fund was established in memory of Philip Hourwich ’58 by his friends and his twin brother, Sasha ’58. It provides aid to children for optional and unofficial school trips that involve extra costs, ensuring that no child lacking funds will miss the pleasures and challenges that classmates may enjoy.
 
The S. Sidney Kahn Endowment to Promote Racial & Cultural Diversity 
The family of Grace Church School grandparent S. Sidney Kahn established this fund in his memory to support the school’s ongoing program of education and awareness in areas of cultural diversity.
 
Robert Lehman Endowment Fund 
Established in 1997 with a challenge grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation, this fund supports Grace Church School's Robert Lehman Curriculum in the Visual Arts for the "development, improvement, enhancement and operation of the program of instruction in the visual arts."

Rod Keating Fund for Excellence in English
Founded by Sally and John Henry in in honor of Rod Keating, who over the years taught scores of Grace Church School students how to write, this fund provides a prize for an eighth grade student for excellence in English.

Roberta Curry Minthorne and Jones Family Fund for the Performing Arts 
Created by Barton and Debby Jones in honor of Barton’s great aunt and in memory of their son Philip ’93 and Barton’s mother Peggy, whose lives were enriched by performances at Grace Church School.
 
The Ethel Rudd Endowment for Religious Diversity
The Ethel Rudd Endowment was established by her son to support and celebrate religious diversity at Grace Church School, particularly the annual Seder in which Ethel Rudd played major role for many years.
 
Joanna Phillips Fund for Science 
Established with a gift from the estate of Harry P. Phillips, Jr. in memory of his wife, the fund provides the Joanna Phillips science prize each year and helps to support the annual science fair, which was established at Grace Church School by longtime science teacher Mrs. Phillips.
 
Louis Wetherbee Pitt Chorister's Endowment 
Established by Elizabeth Pitt in memory of her father, former rector of Grace Church, the award from this fund to an outstanding member of the Boy or the St. Cecilia Choir helps to defray tuition cost.
 
Nadine Carter Russell Fund for Program Enrichment 
Mrs. Paula G. Manship established this fund to supplement the study of art, music, history and literature by supporting student visits to cultural institutions. The fund honors her niece, a Grace Church School alumna.
 
The Kim Walker Memorial “Shining Star” Drama Fund 
Ruth and Christopher Walker ‘78, mother and brother of Kim Walker ‘82, established this fund in Kim’s memory. The fund provides an annual award in Kim’s name, recognizing a student who shows passion for and promise in the performing arts. Additionally, the fund provides ongoing support to the school’s drama department.

Unrestricted Endowment

These funds provide ongoing support for school needs, financial aid, program and faculty. the funds’ value is transferred to the operating budget each year; use is restricted to the stated purpose of each fund.
 
General Unrestricted Endowment 
In 1994 the Paul W. Douglas family established an Unrestricted Endowment to be available for program, salaries, facilities or any unforeseen need as determined by the school administration and the Board of Trustees.
 
LaVerne M. Tarrant Endowment 
This fund was established in 2005 in honor of Paulina and Fabienne Tarrant’s grandmother, who was a devoted elementary school teacher. Proceeds are for unrestricted use by Grace Church School.

Other Endowed Funds

John Barrett Strubing Fund for Alumni History
This fund was established in 2013 in memory of John Barrett Strubing ’89 by his mother and his sister. The fund underwrites rotating exhibitions in the school’s Alumni Display Case that illuminate the history of Grace Church School through the story and experiences of alumni.

The Eleanor Humphrey Wassman Endowment for Grandparents' Day
 
Debra Wassman honors the memory of her mother with this fund designed to underwrite expenses for the annual Grandparents’ Day at Grace Church School.
 
Consolidated School Endowments 
This group of scholarship funds dates from the early days of the choir school – 1909 to 1958.

Other Special Funds

Head’s Discretionary Fund 
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Scharffenberger created this fund to be used as needed at the discretion of the head. The fund has provided financial aid for activities that do not fall within the school program but are organized through the school. It has also paid for psycho-educational evaluations for families who could not afford them and has helped families and children in times of crisis.
 
Abacus Program Fund 
In 1997 science department head, Tivadar Diveki, launched this international math challenge from Grace Church School. Designed to hone the skills of 9- to 14-year-olds, it is available on the Internet to a range of students around the world and has enrolled over 500 students in a year.
 
James Morris Helfenstein Society 
Named for the school's first Headmaster, the society acknowledges thoughtful friends who have provided support for the school through bequests, estate plans and charitable remainder trusts, life insurance or other planned gifts.


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