Endowment & Capital Giving
Endowment and capital gifts provide a reliable source of income that enables Princeton Day School to make long term investments in top faculty, provide access for deserving students, offer state-of-the-art facilities and build upon the high-quality academic and co-curricular programs and opportunities for which we have always been known. These gifts also help provide the necessary building blocks of our financial foundation upon which exploration and creativity can flourish.
We invite you to learn more about the importance of endowment and capital giving by contacting the Director of Advancement Jonathan Cormier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I support PDS to help current and future students receive the same kind of education I was offered more than forty years ago. The school has dramatically expanded and improved, both in terms of the buildings themselves and also the course offerings and activities for students. The student body is more diverse than ever and receives significantly more financial aid. All of these developments would not be possible without the generosity of alumni, and I am more than happy to do what I can to support the continued growth of the school.
– Simeon Hutner ’77
- Academic Programs
- Faculty Salaries and Benefits
- Financial Aid
- Professional Development
- Student Prizes
- Student Programs
- The Arts
- Anne Rothrock Lectureship Fund
- Asian Studies Fund
- David Noyes Lecture Fund
- Mary (Polly) R. Hamill Memorial Fund
- Pioneers in Science Fund
- Rosenberg Science Grant Fund for Academic Support
Established in 1996 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Upper School teacher Anne C. Rothrock. Annual income supports the Anne C. Rothrock Lecture, an annual event that brings to Upper School students and faculty a guest speaker with expertise in public policy or important contemporary social issues.
Established in 1996 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Trustee Mary (Polly) R. Hamill. This fund is supplemented by the Board of Trustees and by Mrs. Hamill's mother, Mrs. Joseph Townsend. Annual income is restricted to funding Middle School programs that support and strengthen the education of young women and foster in them the skills and confidence to most fully achieve their potential in life.
Established in 2000, with gifts from Dr. and Mrs. Leon E. Rosenberg. Annual income from this endowed fund is to be used to provide financial support for the Research Experience (Rex) program in the Science department of the Upper School of Princeton Day School. The Rex program is a two-year program consisting of required courses and placement of students in outside laboratories in the junior year; refinement of research experiences and preparation of a finished scientific poster during the senior year. Rex attracts many of Princeton Day School's most accomplished and eager science students. It is the intent of the donor to support both the students and faculty engaged in this innovative program. Each year the Science department chair and the faculty member leading the Rex program will together allocate the annual income from the Fund as they see fit to enhance the experience for students and faculty alike. It is the donor's intent that students and faculty will use this fund for science research and Princeton Day School will allocate these funds appropriately should the Rex program no longer exist.
Established in 1992 with gifts from Dr. Susan Artandi in honor of her grandsons, David A. Ragsdale '90 and Daniel A. Ragsdale '93, and in memory of her husband and their grandfather, Dr. Charles Artandi. The annual income is to fund the maintenance of the flagpole and the surrounding area near the School entrance.
Established in 2020 from the generous bequest of Trustee Emerita and past parent Betty Wold Johnson. The bequest reflects her belief that maintaining well the Princeton Day School’s grounds and buildings is vital to its academic mission and collective identity. The fund’s annual income supports the School's campus infrastructure and physical plant.
- Carl Reimers Distinguished Teaching Chair Fund
- Carroll O'Brien Kane Fund
- Class of 1994 Faculty Salary Fund
- Faculty Salary Fund
- Miss Fine's School Fund
- Shepherd - McCaughan Sabbatical Fund
Established in 1999 by Trustee Emerita and Past Parent Betty Wold Johnson, in honor of her friend and long-time faculty member and former trustee, Carl D. Reimers. This first fully endowed teaching chair at Princeton Day School provides annual income to underwrite the salary and benefits of an outstanding member of the faculty who is chosen by the Head of School in consultation with the Division Heads. Exceptional teaching and devotion to students are among the criteria considered. An amount of $2,500 will be provided annually during the three-year appointment for continuing education, conferences, equipment, books, supplies, or other purposes that further enhance the recipient's teaching skills at Princeton Day School.
Established in 2000 in honor of former Lower School teacher, Carroll O'Brien Kane and her twenty-six years of devoted service to the students of Princeton Day School. Funded by gifts from her children T. Gibbs Kane '61, Richard S. Kane '70 and Katherine K. Nichols '74 and later supplemented by Carroll and Ted Kane, the fund generates annual income restricted to helping underwrite the educational expenses incurred by the families of faculty and staff whose children attend Princeton Day School.
Established in 1986 with gifts from The Bunbury Company and many Princeton Day School parents and alumni. The fund was supplemented regularly in subsequent years by The Bunbury Company, Mr. Samuel W. Lambert III, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Grounds, and many parents, alumni and friends of the school. The annual income is restricted to the general support of faculty salaries and benefits.
Established in 1991 through the leadership and generosity of Susan Schildkraut Wallach '64, Jane Aresty Silverman '63 and many Miss Fine's School alumnae. Annual income is restricted to supporting the Miss Fine's Sabbatical, which is awarded annually to a deserving member of the Princeton Day School faculty.
- Anne B. Shepherd Scholarship
- Arthur H. Turner, Jr. '76 Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Class of 1980 Sandy Bing Scholarship
- Class of 1984 Scholarship
- Concordia Scholarship Fund
- C. V. Starr Scholarship Fund
- David Mottley '77 Scholarship Fund
- Dean Mathey Scholarship Fund
- Elaine and Sydney Sussman Scholarship Fund
- Elinor Shreve Barclay Memorial Scholarship
- Elizabeth C. Dilworth Scholarship
- Endowed Scholarship #1
- Eric Haring '77 Scholarship Fund
- Frederick Woodbridge '78 Scholarship Fund
- Geltzer Family Scholarship
- Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund
- Helen's Fund
- Helen Woodruff Scholarship Fund
- HK Hochschild Scholarship
- Joyce Johnson Scholarship
- Marcia G. Nappi '52 Sunshine Fund
- Marjorie Williams '75 Scholarship
- Michele Namm Epperson '90 Scholarship Fund
- Noel Stace '47 Scholarship Fund
- Olivia Fill Scholarship
- Page and Otto Marx, Jr. Scholarship Fund
- Paul J. Stellato and Maureen O. Stellato Fund
- Princeton Day School Scholarship Fund
- Richard A. Fox '00 Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Robert Wood Johnson III Scholarship
- Stuart van V. Willson '76 Scholarship Fund
- Suarez Music Scholarship Fund
- The David Mathey '47 Scholarship Fund
- The Kevin M. Zlock and Sima Zlock Scholarship Fund
- The Martha L. A. Norris Memorial Scholarship Fund
- The Mitzie L. & Louis F. Vogel Scholarship Fund
- Wallace Family Scholarship Fund
Established in 1977 and supplemented in subsequent years by long-time English teacher Anne B. Shepherd and later by many colleagues, friends and family in Mrs. Shepherd's memory. Annual income is restricted to supporting the School's financial aid budget and, if possible, an enrolled minority student for his or her junior or senior year.
Established in 2005 by members of the Class of 1980 on the occasion of their 25th reunion. Named in honor of former Upper School Head and Interim Head of School, Sandy Bing, in recognition of the guidance and friendship he so freely provided their class. Annual income supports the School's general financial aid program.
Established in 1981 and regularly supplemented with gifts from The Bunbury Company and the Pocumtuck Company in honor of Dean Mathey, Sr., a major benefactor of Princeton Day School and the individual who donated the land that comprises much of the current school campus. Annual income is restricted to supporting the School's general financial aid program.
Established in 2007, The Elaine and Sydney Sussman Scholars Fund provides support for up to three students new to the Upper School who demonstrate superior academic performance and who qualify for financial aid. Students will be selected without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or gender, and demonstrate intelligence, ambition, persistence, integrity and an exemplary work ethic.
Established in 2001 with a gift from Edward S. Barclay, Jr. '57, in honor of his mother, Elinor Shreve Barclay and her years of service, from 1952-1974 as a Lower School teacher at Miss Fine's School and Princeton Day School. Annual income is restricted to supporting Princeton Day School's financial aid program.
Established in 1968 with gifts from family and friends in honor of long-time Miss Fine's School trustee and Princeton Day School Board Chair, Elizabeth C. Dilworth. Supplemented in subsequent years by Mrs. Dilworth, and supplemented in 1991 with many gifts in memory of Melissa Dilworth Gold '61, the annual income is restricted to supporting the School's general financial aid program.
Established in 1999 with a gift from an anonymous Princeton Day School family. Annual income to be used for an Upper School student, preferably for the child of a Princeton University administrator or faculty member, who qualifies for financial aid. If such a candidate is not available in any given year, that year's allocation (or balance of the allocation) may be used at the discretion of the School to support other students who qualify for financial aid.
Established in 1986 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Frederick Woodbridge '78 and supplemented in 1993 with gifts received in memory of his father, Mr. Dudley Woodbridge, and again in 2005 by his mother, Mary Roberts Woodbridge '42. Annual income is restricted to underwriting the annual cost of the Woodbridge Award and to provide general support to the School's financial aid budget.
Established in 2013 with a gift from Goldman Sachs Gives. Annual income is to be used for need-based financial aid for outstanding students who would otherwise be unable to attend Princeton Day School due to their financial circumstances. The Fund will be known as the Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund and recipients shall be known as Goldman Sachs Scholars.
Established in 2007 with gifts from Marcia Goetze Nappi '52, Robert Nappi and the MGN Foundation. Annual income is restricted to supporting the special or unforeseen needs of Princeton Day School students whose economic circumstances make it difficult or impossible to participate in educational, athletic and extracurricular opportunities more readily available to other students.
Established in 2005 through the generous support of members of the Class of 1975, family, and friends in memory of Marjorie Williams '75. Annual income is restricted to supporting: 1) the School's financial aid program and, if possible, a student who has demonstrated a special interest or ability in writing, and 2) an annual student award for excellence in journalistic writing by a member of the junior class.
Established in 2023 with gifts from alumni, parents, and friends in honor of Princeton Day School’s 11th Head of School, Paul J. Stellato and Maureen O. Stellato, the Stellato Fund will provide important financial resources to ensure that every student is able to participate fully in school life, including academic opportunities and extracurricular activities.
Established in 1975 with a gift from The Robert Wood Johnson III Charitable Trust and supplemented in 1997 and 1998 with grants from the Robert Wood Johnson III Charitable Trust made at the request of Trustee Emerita, Betty Wold Johnson. Annual income supports the school's general financial aid program.
Established in 2020, the Suarez Music Scholarship is specifically designed to support a student who has exhibited extraordinary musical passion and talent. It has been made possible through the generous support of Suzanne Suarez and her son Chris, whose love of music began at a very early age and was further developed at PDS. The scholarship is in memory of their husband and father, Tom Suarez, and Chris’ grandparents, all of whom received tremendous joy from attending PDS’ lower school and middle school concerts in which Chris participated. The annual income solely supports the PDS financial aid program.
Established in 2005 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Ellsworth '75 and their children John L. Griffith III '99 and Alyssa A. Ellsworth, in memory of Mrs. Ellsworth's mother, Martha L. A. Norris. Annual income is restricted to supporting the School's general financial aid program and, if possible, a student who has demonstrated a volunteer commitment to serving others.
Established in 2020 through the generous support of Paul S. Vogel ’62 and Beth C. Seidenberg and in memory of Mitzie L. & Louis F. Vogel. Annual income is restricted to supporting the Princeton Day School financial aid program and, if possible, a student who has demonstrated a special interest or ability in athletics.
- Academic Excellence Fund
- David C. Bogle Award
- Doll Family Fund
- Johnston Faculty Enrichment Award Fund
- Kaye Family Fund for Professional Development
- Lila Boyce Lohr Fund
- Mario Fund for Science
- Meredith Peterson Fund
- Miss Fine's Center Fund
- Ostro Grant Fund for Interdisciplinary Programs
- Robert C. Whitlock Award Fund
- The Kevin M. Zlock and Sima Zlock Faculty Fund
- The Minerva Fund
- Whitman Faculty Development Fund
Established in 1995 with gifts from family and friends in memory of David C. Bogle, who devoted seventeen years of service to PDS as Director of Development. Annual income is restricted to underwriting an outstanding faculty initiative or professional development experience that most clearly advances the pursuit of teaching excellence at Princeton Day School.
Established in 2011 by Robert Kaye, in honor and recognition of the vital role played by members of the faculty in the lives of his grandchildren, the Kaye Family Fund supports a travel grant for professional development. Annual income from the fund will provide the opportunity for a member of the faculty to enhance and enrich his or her teaching expertise and, thus, the experience of his or her students, through summer travel and research.
Established in 2000 with gifts by School trustees in honor of Lila Boyce Lohr h'00, Head of School from 1995 - 2000. Annual income is distributed at the discretion of the Head of School in the form of "Lohr Grants" to support the needs of the PDS faculty and/or academic initiatives that strengthen the educational programs at Princeton Day School.
Established in 2014 through the generosity of Susan Schildkraut Wallach '64 and Kenneth L. Wallach. The purpose of the Miss Fine's Center is to promote the collaborative study of topics and themes that demand and benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. This endowed gift provides ongoing financial support for professional development, travel, and research for Princeton Day School faculty.
Established in 2000 with a gift from Dr. Marc J. Ostro and Dr. Evelyn Godin-Ostro. Annual income is restricted to increasing and strengthening interdisciplinary studies at Princeton Day School through an annual grant that is awarded to faculty initiative that enriches the School's teaching curriculum through the integration of two or more disciplines.
Established in 1993 with gifts from Mrs. Robert C. Whitlock, family and friends in memory of long-time architecture teacher, Robert C. Whitlock whose career at Princeton Country Day and Princeton Day School spanned 42 years. The annual income is to fund the Whitlock Award for Distinguished Teaching, the School's highest honor for faculty.
Established in 2007 by an anonymous Princeton Day School family, The Minerva Fund generates annual income to fund the continuing professional growth of PDS faculty and staff, including conferences, seminars, workshops, graduate courses and other professional development opportunities that support teachers and enhance the educational experience of PDS students. Recipients will have demonstrated records of superior achievement in and beyond the classroom, as well as evidence of great promise in the years to come. Each year, Princeton Day School will award as many as three $5,000 Minerva Grants, one per division, based upon proposals submitted to the Head of School. Faculty with 12 or fewer years of teaching experience, at least four of which have been spent at Princeton Day School, are eligible for the grants.
Established in 2007 through the generous support of Marina von Neumann Whitman '52, Robert Whitman and the Whitman Family Foundation. Annual income is restricted to supporting summer study opportunities, coursework, seminars, conferences, and other professional development opportunities for teachers at Princeton Day School.
- Anne B. Shepherd Humanities Prize Fund
- Bencze Art Scholarship Prize
- John D. Sacks-Wilner '80 Award Fund
- William R. Plapinger '75 Cross Country Fund
Established in 1988 with a gift from Professor and Mrs. Theodore K. Rabb in honor of former Upper School English teacher Anne B. Shepherd whose teaching career at Miss Fine's School and Princeton Day School spanned 55 years. Annual income is restricted to funding an award presented to a junior boy or girl with the highest academic standing in the humanities.
Established in 1984 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Princeton Day School parent, Thomas S. Bencze. An annual scholarship award is presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony to a dedicated art student in the senior class whose intention is to pursue further education in the field of visual arts.
Established in 1980 by Dr. Sacks-Wilner and with gifts from family and friends in memory of John Sacks-Wilner '80. The fund was supplemented in 1993 with gifts in memory of Dr. Erwin Sacks-Wilner. Annual income is restricted to funding the John D. Sacks-Wilner Award, given each year to that member of the graduating class who has shown exceptional determination, courage and self-command.
Established in 1999 with memorial gifts from the family of William R. Plapinger '75. The annual income is to be used to underwrite the annual budget of the PDS cross-country team and to fund an annual award for the member of the cross-country team who, in the eyes of the cross-country coach(es), is the most valuable member of the team.
- Class of 1977 Community Service Fund
- Regina Spiegel Memorial Fund
- The Scott M. Mauney '95 Memorial Fund
- The Mark L. Zaininger '81 Memorial Award
- The Peter W. Merle-Smith '85 Memorial Fund
- The Susan E. G. Moll Fund for Community Service
Established in 1997 with gifts from friends and family in memory of Middle School music teacher Regina Spiegel. The annual grant from this endowment may be used to either send the recipient to a summer theater art program/workshop (preferably a Lincoln Center program/workshop) or to bring an artist (preferably a Lincoln Center artist) to PDS to give 8th graders hands-on-training in the theater arts.
Established in 2010 through the generosity of the Zaininger family and friends, the Mark L. Zaininger '81 Award honors an alumnus whose professional and personal life was dramatically and positively influenced during the summer of his junior year at Princeton Day School, through his participation in a creative, challenging and rigorous summer program. The award is given annually to a member of the Princeton Day School junior class whose proposed summer experience in pursuit of an interest or passion has the greatest likelihood of inspiring and revealing to the recipient new horizons and directions for his/her life path.
Established in 2004 with gifts from family and friends in memory of PDS parent Susan E. G. Moll. Annual income is restricted both to supporting an annual Upper School assembly on the subject of serving others and underwriting new student initiatives and other opportunities to enhance the community service program at Princeton Day School.
- Gary M.C. Lott Fund for the Arts
- John D. Wallace, Jr. '78 Memorial Guest Artist Series Fund
- Lively Arts Program Fund
- Mark Winstanley '90 Memorial Fund
- The Triolo Family Performing Arts Fund
Established in 1991 with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. John D. Wallace '48 in memory of their son, John D. Wallace, Jr. '78. The annual income is to support a guest artist(s) program to promote the arts in all three divisions of the School. With the authorization of the donors, principal may also be used for these purposes.
Established in 1984 with gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Samuel W. Lambert III in honor of Mr. Lambert's mother, Mary H. Lambert of the Miss Fine's School Class of 1919. The fund has been supplemented in subsequent years by friends and family, the E. E. Ford Foundation, The Bunbury Company, and The Baldwin Foundation. Annual income is restricted to bringing to the campus artists and performers that support the teaching of art at Princeton Day School.