Endowment

A strong endowment provides long-term financial stability, for future generations of Athenians. 

While gifts to the Annual Fund are put to immediate use and spent entirely in the year they are contributed, endowment gifts are invested in perpetuity as a legacy to future generations. 

Over the years, your original gift grows while a portion of the gain provides ongoing support for a priority you designate, such as faculty salaries, professional development, student financial aid, and curriculum and program innovation.

To learn more, contact Allie Rowe, Director of Development, 925-362-7252, arowe@athenian.org.

Athenian's Named Endowments

List of 26 items.

  • Dyke Brown Scholarship Fund

    The Dyke Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 1977 to honor Athenian’s esteemed founder, Dyke Brown. The purpose of the Fund, established by his family, is to provide support for an Athenian student who embodies the School’s philosophy through service, leadership and active community participation and who demonstrates financial need. With the passing of Dyke Brown in 2006, many friends and family contributed to this Fund in his memory.
  • Kate Brown Scholarship Fund

    This Fund was established in 1996 in memory of Kate Brown, wife of founder Dyke Brown. This Scholarship was created by the family and friends of Kate and supports a student with demonstrated financial need who embodies Kate’s qualities of leadership, compassion and dedication to community.
  • F. Carl and Katherine H. Dwight Youth Fund

    This Fund was founded in 1996 by Katherine Dwight, grandparent of alumni Ian Malcolm ’95 and Devon Malcolm ’01, in support of the Athenian Arts Program.
  • The Edwin L. Ellis Endowed Scholarship Fund

    This Fund was established in 2007 by The Athenian School community in honor and memory of Ed’s 26 years of service to the School as dean of students, athletic director, coach and math teacher (from 1966 – 1992). Ed remained an active member of the Athenian community well beyond his retirement. He treasured his relationships with alumni with whom he visited and corresponded until his passing in June 2007. Ed was always an example of strong moral character, loyalty, trust, dedication and perseverance. He was a pillar in the Athenian community and will always be remembered lovingly by his family, friends, students and colleagues. The Ellis Endowed Scholarship Fund provides assistance to a student who demonstrates financial need and exhibits enthusiastic involvement in the community.
  • The Edward E. Ford Foundation Fund for Educationally Disadvantaged

    Established in 2004, The E.E. Ford Fund for Educationally Disadvantaged provides support for students from disadvantaged educational backgrounds in the form of a pre-orientation, direct academic support, and supplemental support for books and broader educational experiences such as the Athenian Wilderness Experience and Interim trips.

  • The Edward E. Ford Foundation Fund for Professional Development

    This find was established in 1999 by the E.E. Ford Foundation and supports teacher professional development.
  • The Edward E. Ford Foundation Fund for International Travel

    In 2010 a challenge grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation inspired the community to create an endowed fund to provide financial aid to expand access to the School’s life-changing international experiences.
  • The Founder’s Oak Endowed Scholarship Fund

    The Founder’s Oak Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 2007 by The Athenian School to provide a meaningful way for donors to make gifts in honor or memory of family and friends of the School. Gifts to this fund, like the proverbial Oak, will remain in perpetuity. Interest from the investment will provide need-based scholarship support for deserving Athenian students. The Founder’s Oak Fund accepts donations in honor or memory of Athenian alumni, parents, family and friends. Contributions can be made by an individual or collectively by a class, group or family.
  • Jonathan Hartshorne ’90 Scholarship Fund

    Established in 1993 in memory Jonathon Hartshorne '90, this Scholarship, designated for expenses associated with AWE, was established to support a student with financial need and potential for growth on AWE.
  • Richard Lewis Highsmith II Scholarship Fund

    This Fund was established in 2006 by Douglas and Debra Highsmith in honor of their son, Richard Lewis Highsmith II ’06. The Fund was created to provide scholarship support for a student with demonstrated financial need.
  • Walter A. Holt Memorial Fund

    This Fund was established in memory of Walter A. Holt in 2004 by his children. Walter believed strongly in the educational and personal value of international opportunities for all students, regardless of financial resources. The Fund was created by his family to provide financial support to a strong student and community member who might not be able to participate in an international trip otherwise.
  • Hruska Family Fund for The Athenian Wilderness Experience

    This Fund was established in 2000 by alumni parents Mary Ann and Roman Hruska, Jr. Their children — Roman Hruska III ’88 and Libby Hruska ’92 — found their AWE journeys to be truly transforming and life-changing. Through the creation of this endowed fund, the Hruskas are helping to sustain and support the Athenian Wilderness Experience.
  • The Jung Family Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2009 by Mark and Karen Jung, this fund offers a deserving student with demonstrated financial need the opportunities afforded by an Athenian education.
  • William Kartozian Fund for Faculty Enrichment

    This Fund was established in 1990 by William Kartozian, parent of alumni Matthew Kartozian ’91. This Fund provides professional development support for the extraordinary and committed Athenian faculty.
  • The Lily and Tommy Lee Endowed Fund for AWE

    The Lily and Tommy Lee Family Endowment for AWE was established in 2007 by Lily and Tommy Lee, parents of Christian Lee ’13 and Jennifer Lee ’09. The fund provides support for the Athenian Wilderness Experience, a cornerstone of an Athenian education, for many generations of Athenian students to come.
  • The Scott Leister ’05 Endowed Fund

    Established in 2008 in memory of Scott Leister ’05 who tragically died in an automobile crash on the Bay Bridge caused by a drunken driver. The Fund provides financial support for Athenian students wishing to take advantage of international travel with a community service component, such as Interim and Community Service Trips, Round Square Exchanges and similar opportunities.
  • McCoy Family Endowed Fund

    This Fund was established in 2010 by alumni parent and Trustee Mike McCoy to support a student with demonstrated financial need
  • Miskovetz Family Endowed Fund for Financial Aid

    Established in 2008 by alumni parents William and Alene Miskovetz, this fund offers a deserving student with demonstrated financial need the opportunities afforded by an Athenian education.
  • Nebesar Family Endowed Fund for Financial Aid

    This Fund was established in 2005 by alumni parents Susan and Charlie Nebesar and will help a student who couldn’t otherwise attend Athenian gain an extraordinary education.
  • Oak Tree Scholarship

    This fund was established in 2007 by an anonymous donor to provide scholarship support for a qualified student with demonstrated financial need.
  • Nicola Place ’76 Scholarship Fund

    This Fund was established in 1997 by Nicola Place ’76 and her father, Virgil Place, to support a student who exhibits strong leadership and scholarship and who demonstrates financial need.
  • Saul’s Scholarship Fund

    This Fund was established by anonymous donors in 2006. The fund was created to provide scholarship support for a student showing academic excellence with demonstrated financial need.
  • Sugitani Endowed Fund

    This Fund was established in 1989 by Kazuo and Atsuko Sugitani, parents of alumni Ryota Sugatani ’89. The Fund supports Athenian’s International Program.

  • The Tower Peak Fund

    This Fund was established in 2004 by Lance Rosedale ’73. The Fund was named after Tower Peak, a prominent peak in the High Sierras which is well known to alumni who participate in the High Sierra’s Athenian Wilderness Experience (AWE). As the name implies, this Fund provides support for AWE.
  • The Harry and Gladys Wistrich Artist-in-Residence Fund

    This Fund was established by Athenian alumnus and former Board Chair Andrew Wistrich ’69 and provides support for Athenian’s art program, including both performing and studio art. The goal is to help the arts to thrive at Athenian through visiting Athenian alumni artists who will conduct classroom workshops, lecture, perform, demonstrate their craft or conduct experiential projects and/or off-campus trips.
  • The Wyrobek Round Square Endowed Fund

    Established in 1999 by Keenan Wyrobek '99 in support of Round Square programs.