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Endowment keeps Friends Seminary financially strong.

Why do we need endowment?

A robust endowment, well-invested, is the key financial foundation for any school and is our greatest resource for safeguarding the School’s mission through fluctuating economic conditions.  It will enable the School to compensate its teachers, attract a diverse student body, to invest in new technologies and pursue curricular enhancements.

Investing in Friends Seminary’s endowment demonstrates a commitment to ensuring the future of our school and is an opportunity for donors to create a lasting legacy.  Those who contribute to Friends Seminary’s endowment can take great satisfaction in knowing that their gifts are benefiting the school now and in the future and will allow us to maintain our commitment to help prepare “our students for the world that is and help them bring about a world that ought to be”. 

Newly Established Funds

Tisch Family Fund for the Performing Arts
This endowed fund was established in 2011 to expand the Performing Arts curriculum and offer additional performance opportunities.
Ann Rubenstein & Andrew Tisch
Jewish Communal Fund

Irina Hon ’13 Memorial Financial Aid Fund
The Irina Hon ’13 Memorial Financial Aid Fund was established by the students of the Class of 2013 and their families to honor the memory of their classmate Irina Hon (1995–2010), who wished to be remembered for her smile and laughter. A financial aid award will be made annually to an immigrant or first generation student with demonstrated financial need.
Michèle Fillion & Joshua Raff

Class of 2013 Endowed Fund for Supplemental Financial Aid
The Class of 2013 Endowed Fund for Supplemental Financial Aid provides financial support to Friends Seminary students to ensure that all are able to participate in the School’s full and rich program. This fund helps students and their families with expenses, such as textbooks, athletic equipment and extracurricular activities, that are not covered by tuition and fall outside the scope of financial aid.


Auction 2011 Curricular Fund for Innovation
The generosity of the Friends community during Auction 2011: For the Benefit of Friends provided the initial resources for this endowed fund which support curricular innovation at the School.

Christiana Ley Parker ’92 Humanitarian Award
A non-sectarian fund endowed in loving memory of Christiana by her father and the Christiana Ley Parker Memorial Equestrian Fund in fond recall of 13 years of happiness accompanying Chris’ attendance at Friends. This fund provides a monetary award to that person who went his or her own ofttimes lonely way with goodness and grace. "This is my beloved, and this is my friends...Many daughters have done virtuously but thou excellest..."
Martin Parker
Christiana Ley Parker Memorial
Equestrian Fund Inc.

Class of 1987 Speaker Series Fund
This endowed fund was established by family members of the Class of 1987 to pay for guest speakers.

Class of 1988 Extra-curricular Activities Fund
Established by senior parents in honor of their children, this fund supports student initiatives.

Class of 1997 Art Fund
In honor of the graduation of their children, parents of the Class of 1997 established this fund for the performing arts.

Class of 2003 Fund for Student Initiatives
Established by the parents of the graduating Class of 2003 to support student driven initiatives that address issues that affect the entire Friends community.

Class of 2006 Endowed Fund for Student Enrichment
Established by the families of the Class of 2006 to offset the costs of a Friends Seminary education beyond what tuition covers. The fund will help make enrichment opportunities available to students who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Class of 2007 Fund for Innovative Library Experiences
This fund was established by the families of the graduating class as an endowed fund to support programming in the Library for Middle and Upper School students.

Class of 2008 Chapman Academic Center
Established by the families of the graduating class as an endowed fund to launch a program, which will reinforce the impact of the School’s curriculum by increasing student access to individual help, both during and after the school day.

Class of 2009 Fund for a Greener School
Running On Your Own Energy: The Fund for a Greener School Established by the families of the graduating class as a partially restricted fund and a partially endowed fund to establish a legacy for the Class of 2009.

Endowed Fund for Curricular Innovation
This fund was established to explore new approaches to and ideas for enhancing the School’s curriculum and programs.

Eugene Davis Music Fund
Established in memory of Eugene Davis, former Chair of the Friends Seminary Music Department, this fund provides general support for the music department.
Heinrich L. Videnieks

The Fund for Scientific Innovation
Established by Martha ’83 and Emily ’85 Ehrenfeld in honor of their teachers at Friends, namely science faculty Arthur Moore, Harold Perry, Ron Salyk and Fran Wald, this endowed fund provides resources for innovation and experimentation in the sciences and is meant to encourage students’ discovery of the scientific world. Supporting Friends’ commitment to scientific exploration, this Fund can be applied many ways and is inspired by the belief that students learn by "doing" science.
Emily Ehrenfeld ’85
Ron Salyk

Marge Gonzalez Fund for the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Established at the time of her retirement in 2003, this fund honors Marge’s 34 years at Friends wherein she instilled, in generations of students, a love of foreign languages. The fund supports the teaching of foreign languages - used for materials, faculty salary and support, and program development.
Margaret Gonzalez 
Donald Routh

Marjorie Brown Fund
Established in memory of Marjorie Brown, Lower School drama teacher, to sponsor an annual Lower School Assembly.

Facilities - Class of 2001
Established by the families of the Class of 2001 to endow the Seminar Room.

Class of 2010 Fund for 21st Century Classrooms
This fund was established by the friends and families of the Class of 2010 to provide state-of-the-art, 21st-century classrooms to better facilitate the dynamic, creative curricula our teachers craft and deliver.

Class of 2011 The 225th Anniversary
Multimedia Lab
Donated by the Class of 2011 to provide a state-of-the-art media lab in the Seegers Center.


Administrative Fund for Teaching Excellence
This endowed fund was established in 2006 by the members of Friends Seminary’s Administrative Team to support, each year, a faculty member who best exhibits the art of teaching.
Pete Weiss & Robert Lauder

Ann Sullivan Fund for the Teaching of English Language and Literature
An endowed fund established in 1999 to celebrate Ann Sullivan’s 26 years at Friends. The fund supports faculty, special projects, initiatives and programs proposed by faculty in the English Department.
Ann & Richard Sullivan

Christie Rinehart Basham ’49 Fund
Established with a bequest from Christie Rinehart Basham ’49, made after she attended her 50th Reunion and corresponded with a lower school student. This fund honors Christie’s love of letters by supporting the teaching of written expression in a variety of ways.

Class of 2012 Faculty Grants for Graduate and Quaker Studies Fund
This endowed fund was created as a visible and lasting legacy of the Class of 2012 to provide grants to faculty for graduate and Quaker studies. The fund strengthens Friends Seminary’s deep commitment to the Quaker testimonies and helps ensure that innovative, talented teachers have the resources to inspire and motivate students.
Maureen McNellis Gibson & Colin Gibson
Katrin & Jonathan Rouner
Susan Lentini & Robert Smith

Edes Gilbert ’49 Fund
Established by Edes Powell Gilbert ’49, this fund enables faculty to pursue professional growth opportunities.

Endowed Fund for Teacher Enhancement
This endowed fund was established in memory of Rowse B. Wilcox, Roland K. Reede, Hermine Ehlers, Harry W. Nordstrom, and Beatrice Louise Ecks ’20, honoring former faculty whose extraordinary teachings skills helped fashion a Friends education. This fund is directed towards professional development for teachers, as well as stipends for travel and study, and for refreshment and renewal.

Endowment for Faculty
Established in honor of Friends Seminary’s dedicated teachers, this fund secures faculty salaries.
Roswitha & A.J. Agarwal
Rachel & Mike Judlowe
The Katz Foundation

Endowment for Teaching of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
This endowed fund supports the teaching of civil rights and civil liberties in courses at Friends.

The Joe Gosler Faculty Enrichment Fund
Established upon his retirement after 24 years as Business Manager at Friends, this fund reflects Joe’s broad influence in the School community. Ever a compassionate colleague, and intuitive advocate for faculty and staff, Joe leaves as his legacy this fund to support conferences and educational opportunities for teaching.
Adam J. Honig ’99

Michael Rubin Art Department Fund
Established in 1993 by Michael Rubin, former chair of the art department, to support the teaching of art.

Richard Eldridge Lifetime Learners Fund
This fund was established in honor of Richard Eldridge’s 13 years as principal of Friends Seminary. Born of Rich’s conviction that everyone who works at Friends is ever a teacher and a learner, this fund supports continuing education opportunities for faculty and staff.

Sabbatical for Leadership Growth
This fund was established to allow a member of the administrative committee to take a sabbatical for up to eight weeks, for purposes of personal rejuvenation and intellectual growth.

Tuft Music Fund
Established by Diane and Thomas Tuft, parents of Jennifer ’97, to endow the teaching of music.

Financial Aid

Abraham and Sarah Bell Scholarship Fund
Established by Eleanor and Stanley Hochman, parents of David Hochman ’74 and grandparents of Daniel ’07 and Joel ’09, this endowed fund supports a deserving student at Friends Seminary, in any grade, with an annual grant of financial aid.
Eugenia Siegler & David Hochman ’74
Lee & Stan Hochman

Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
The Adrienne Owen Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
During her life, Adrienne Owen was passionate about the arts. First as a sculptor, later as an Art Therapist and lastly as a board member and patron to performing arts institutions. In keeping with this spirit, The Adrienne Owen Family Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide financial aid for a Friends Seminary student who is interested in and/or gifted in the performing or visual arts.
Kobi Conaway & Andrew Owen ’78

Anna Green Fund
This fund was established in memory of Anna Green, Lower School Learning Specialist, to help children who need learning support.
David Fromkin
Jill & Edward Kline
Georgianna & Robert D. Lilien
Amanda Lindberg
A. Wright Palmer
Courtney Retzler

Avery Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established by Milton and Sally Avery, grandparents of Sean Cavanaugh ’87, to provide financial aid for students talented in the arts.
March Avery & Philip Cavanaugh
Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.

Ayrev Davis Harshbarger Fund
This endowed fund was established in memory of Ayrev Davis Harshbarger ’89 to provide tuition aid to a Friends student.
Bess Abrahams ’89
Mialisa Tania Villafane Bonta ’89
Betsy Currie & Derek L. Fried ’89
Weston Konishi ’89

The Benny Caiola Memorial Scholarship Fund
An endowed fund to supplement tuition for the gifted children of families who otherwise could not afford an education at Friends.
The Caiola Family
The McGill Caiola Family
The Benny Caiola Family Trust

Bertram Gibson III ’87 Scholarship Fund
The Gibson family established this fund in memory of their son, Bertram, for a student in financial need who aspires to be a writer.
Mialisa Tania Villafane Bonta ’89
Stephen Facey
Nell & Bertram Gibson
The Boji ’92 & Richard ’98

Class of 1975 Scholarship Fund
In honor of the graduating Class of 1975 by family members, this fund supports financial aid.

Class of 1990 Scholarship Fund
Established by the families of the Class of 1990 to provide financial aid to deserving students.

Class of 2004 Scholarship Fund
Established by the families of the Class of 2004 to help advance Friends Seminary’s commitment to serving a diverse student population, one that reflects the city the school serves, this fund provides financial aid to a qualified student.

C.V. Starr Scholarship Fund
Established at Friends Seminary in 2007 as a permanent scholarship endowment by The Starr Foundation as a memorial to their founder, the late Cornelius Vander Starr.

Davis Family Scholarship Fund
This endowed fund, established by JoAnne and Malcolm Davis, parents of Stephanie B. David ’94 and Brian Davis ’97, supports a Friends Seminary student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.

Donald Bender Memorial Fund
Established in memory of Donald Bender, beloved member of Friends Seminary’s Music Department, to benefit financial aid.
Sally Rogin Dreslin ’85
The Donna Franca Ottolenghi ’68 Scholarship Fund
This endowed fund was established to honor the memory of Donna, whose passion for learning, and compassion for humanity, will continue to inspire all those whose lives she touched. The fund supports a Friends Seminary student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.

Earle L. Hunter Scholarship Fund
The Earle L. Hunter Scholarship Fund was established in 1972 by the Friends Seminary Alumni Association in honor of Dr. Hunter who retired that year as Head of the Upper School. The income from this fund would provide financial aid to students requiring financial assistance with a preference for children of Friends Seminary alumni.

Elaine Wingate Conway ’52 Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by Elaine Wingate Conway ’52 for tuition aid for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.
Elaine Wingate Conway ’52 & E. Virgil Conway
Union Pacific Corporation

Endowment for Financial Aid
This fund provides tuition aid to deserving students.
Endowment for the Education of Quaker Children.
In 2012, the Friends Seminary School Committee established a fund to ensure that children of Quaker families admitted to the School are supported financially so that they may benefit from an education at Friends Seminary.

Ernst Scholarship for Students of the Americas
Established by Margot and John L. Ernst, parents of Jessica Ernst ’00 and grandparents of Jonah Ernest ’13 and Odessa Ernst ’17, to provide financial aid for a student whose ethnic heritage includes indigenous people from the Americas.

Friends Celebrating Families Endowed Fund for Financial Aid
Established through the generosity of our parents during the 2010 Auction, Friends Celebrating Families provides a corpus of financial aid funds for families in need.

Gibbs Family Scholarship Fund
Established by Janet, Howard, Nancy ’78 and Christopher ’76 Gibbs, this endowed fund supports financial aid to a deserving Friends Seminary student.

Gilmore Fund for Quakers
This fund provides financial aid for Quaker students.
Elizabeth Gilmore

Gordon A. Rich ’75 Scholarship Fund
Established in Gordon’s memory by his family, friends, teachers and colleagues, this fund provides financial aid for a student of color enrolled at Friends Seminary in Grades 7–12.
Evelyn & Marvin Rich
MaryAnn Rich

Richard Wong Family Education Fund
This endowed fund was established in 2005 by Richard and Mae Wong, parents of Boji Wong ’92 and Richard T. Wong ’98 to attract a greater number of students of Chinese ancestry to the School, which will provide outstanding educational experiences, access to enriching opportunities and a foundation to achieve lifelong success. The fund was later renamed the Richard Wong Family Education Fund in honor of their father who dedicated his life to advancing the lives and rights of Chinese Americans and recognized the power and importance of education.
Boji Wong ’92 & Ben Berkman
Mae & Richard Wong

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Healey Endowed Financial Aid Fund

Established in 2009 by Joseph P. Healey, this fund provides financial resources to students who would not otherwise be able to benefit from the outstanding education at Friends Seminary.

Helena Rubinstein Endowed Scholarship Fund

This endowed fund provides financial assistance for female students of color.

The Helene L. and Mark N. Kaplan Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established by their daughters, Marjorie Kaplan ’72 and Sue Kaplan ’74 to honor and recognize the influence and legacy of their parents, Helene L. and Mark N. Kaplan, for their lifelong commitment to education and to service.

The Henry Lee ’43 Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by friends and family of Henry Lee ’43 in his memory, this fund provides aid for Asian-American students.
Patricia & Michael Auping
Elizabeth Wang & John Delaney
Susan Cole & Pyser Edelsack
Carol Fuerstein
Lawrence Greenman
Wendy F. King
Linda & Samuel Kramer
Marguerite Kwok
Janet Loflin & Gerald Lee
Lilian Lee
Marie C. Lee
Dorothy & Harold Lu
Lucy & Jeffrey Masters
Melanie Mercado
Karen & Frederick A. Spaulding
Shirley Wang
Alexander Worthy
J. T. Tai & Co. Foundation, Inc.

Jane Suntken Scholarship Fund
Established in recognition of Jane’s 29 years of outstanding teaching and devotion to students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1, as well as her many years of work in Admissions, this fund provides financial aid for qualified Lower School students.
Judith Adams Anderson ’66 &
Daniel Anderson
Courtney Retzler
W. Jane & Larry G. Suntken

The John “Pablo” Jakobson ’81 Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by his father, other members of his family, and friends to honor and memorialize his short life, this fund provides financial assistance to a student with demonstrated need who has interest and talent in music or the performing arts.
Joan & John R. Jakobson

Joyce G. McCray Fund
This endowed fund was created to honor Joyce G. McCray, who served as Friends Seminary Principal between 1977–1989. The income from this fund is used for finaicial aid.

Marga and Samuel P. Hirst Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of Marga and Samuel Hirst, parents of David ’75 and Michael ’76, this fund provides tuition assistance for a qualified student demonstrating financial need.

Morris and Alma Schapiro Endowed Scholarship Fund
This endowed scholarship provides financial aid for an Upper School student with interest and talent in the arts.

The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund

Sheri Powers ’79 Scholarship Fund for African-American Students of Promise
This endowed fund was established by Sheri Powers ’79 to recognize and support African American students of promise.
Rhonda E. Harrison ’85

The Summer Scholarship for Integrity, Peace and Community
Established by a Friends Seminary Quaker family to honor Pamela Wood (el-Okdah), upon her retirement after 30 years of service to the School, this grant provides students with an opportunity to participate in a summer educational enrichment activity that promotes the Quaker values of integrity, peace and community.
Cynthia & Michael T. Schlegel
The New York Community Trust

Opening Way Fund
This endowed fund provides a financial aid for a student of color who otherwise would not be able to afford a Friends Seminary education. The goal is to provide the fullest possible experience for a student, hoping someone entering in kindergarten will remain through Grade 12 and enjoy this unique experience as a "lifer."
Tracy Pollan & Michael Fox
Julianne Moore &
Bartholomew Freundlich ’88


Elizabeth Claster ’79 Fund
This fund, established by the Claster family in memory of Elizabeth, provides flowers, children’s books and programs for the library.
Debbi Nadell & Steven Birkel
Jill N. Claster

Frank DuGeorges Library Fund
Established in memory of Frank DuGeorges, former Friends librarian, this fund is used to purchase materials for the Library.

Jerome Evans Holocaust Memorial Fund
Established by Ina R. Evans in memory of her husband, Jerome, and his long involvement with Holocaust education, this fund is used by the library to purchase materials and to present programs dealing with the Holocaust.
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