Endowment

Financial Aid Funds

Sheppy Vann Preschool Scholarship Fund

The Sheppy Vann Preschool Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 as a tribute to retiring Preschool Director Sheppy Vann, whose commitment to welcome and support students of all backgrounds helped make the Preschool an extraordinary place for our youngest students to thrive and learn. The fund provides need-based financial aid each year specifically to students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and helps to make the Preschool accessible to a wider range of students.

Beth Crawford Lower School Scholarship Fund

The first scholarship fund designated to benefit Lower School students was established in 2016 to honor longtime Lower School administrative assistant Beth Crawford. Beth joined the Durham Academy community in the 1980s as a parent to Andy Crawford ’97 and Matt Crawford ’99, and then in 1996 became the Lower School’s first administrative assistant. Beth served in that role for 20 years, working tirelessly behind the scenes to provide support and organization for faculty, students and parents, and she was a beloved member of the Lower School family.

The Beth Crawford Lower School Scholarship Fund is perpetual and provides aid each year to a deserving Lower School student. 

George W. Brumley, IV Memorial Scholarship Fund and Jordan McNeill Brumley Memorial Scholarship Fund

These funds were established in 2004 with a gift of $200,000 from The Zeist Foundation in memory of George Brumley ’07 and Jordan Brumley ’10.

James Anderson Cole III Memorial Fund and Award

This fund was established in 1978 in memory of James Anderson Cole, III, Class of 1980, with gifts from family and friends. An award is presented each year to a rising junior who demonstrates excellence in the physical sciences and mathematics and good citizenship. The rest of the interest income is used for financial aid.

DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Scholarship Endowment

An award of $100,000 from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation established this endowment fund in 1987-88. The interest income is distributed to financial aid recipients from middle income families.

Joseph C. Farmer III Memorial Fund and Award

This fund was established in 1980 in memory of Joseph C. Farmer, III a 1977 graduate of Durham Academy, by students, faculty and friends. An award is given at graduation to a rising senior for enthusiasm, warmth, sensitivity, citizenship, as well as academic and physical achievement. The recipient receives a Revere bowl and a $100 check to be applied toward his or her college tuition. The rest of the interest income benefits the school’s financial aid program.

Scott Jameson Filston Memorial Fund and Award

This fund was established in 1985 in memory of Scott Filston, a 1984 graduate of Durham Academy. One-third of the annual distribution goes for the purchase of athletic awards throughout the school. Two-thirds of the annual distribution is for financial aid for an Upper School student who exhibits a potential for scholastic excellence coupled with a strong involvement in the life of the school, with particular emphasis on athletic participation. In addition, the Scott Jameson Filston Memorial Award is presented at commencement to a senior whose athletic and academic accomplishments best reflect the qualities characteristic of Scott Filston: the love of learning, the joy of participating with friends and representing his school in interscholastic athletics, perseverance and an unselfish commitment to the school and the school community.

Edward E. Ford Foundation Upper School Scholarship Fund

A grant of $25,000 in 1982 from the Edward E. Ford Foundation established this fund. In 1985, an additional award from the Edward E. Ford Foundation added $35,000 to be used for Upper School financial aid.

Edward E. Ford Foundation Minority Scholarship Fund

In 1989, the Edward E. Ford Foundation awarded Durham Academy $50,000 for Upper School minority scholarships. In 1993, the Foundation awarded the school a $50,000 one-for-one challenge grant for this same purpose.

Thomas Land Fowler Memorial Fund

This fund was established in 2004 in memory of Thomas Land Fowler ’73, father of Grant Fowler ’08 and David Fowler ’10. The fund was established with a $20,000 gift from his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Earle Fowler, and additional gifts from friends and family to benefit the school’s need-based financial aid program.

GlaxoSmithKline Scholars Program

In 2001, GlaxoSmithKline awarded Durham Academy $250,000 for its financial aid endowment. This gift established a GlaxoSmithKline Scholars program to provide scholarships for minority students.

Elizabeth Gotham Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1982 by Dr. and Mrs. James Semans in memory of Elizabeth Gotham, their children’s nurse and companion.

Heritage Scholarship

This fund was established in 1994 by Dr. and Mrs. Gerry Musante. The annual income from this fund is divided between need-based financial aid and the Heritage Scholarship. The Heritage Scholarship is presented at the Upper School Honors Assembly to a member of the junior class who demonstrates creativity, energy and dedication to the work ethic, and includes a $1,200 premium to be applied to the recipient’s senior year tuition.

Vasanthi Immanuel Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1994 in memory of Vasanthi Immanuel, mother of Camille Immanuel ’98 and Heather Immanuel ’98.

The Jeffs Family Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 2005 by Lisa and Roger Jeffs ’79 to benefit the school’s need-based financial aid program.

Ruth Fox Johnston and Robert D. Johnston Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in recognition of Robert D. Johnston’s leadership of the school as headmaster from 1969 to 1977. The fund was renamed in 2006 to honor the memory of Bob’s wife, Ruth Fox Johnston. The Ruth Fox Johnston and Robert D. Johnston Scholarship Fund supports the school’s need-based scholarship program.

Class of 1998 James W. Leonardi Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1998 in memory of Jimmy Leonardi ’98 by the Class of 1998 and other students, faculty and friends. Jimmy Leonardi passed away in ninth grade after a valiant fight with cystic fibrosis. The fund benefits the school’s need-based financial aid program and supports an Upper School student (preferably a rising sophomore) who is active in the community, accepts challenges, takes advantage of opportunities and who demonstrates an interest in creative writing.

Amelia Matthews Endowment Fund

This fund was established in 2000 in honor of Amelia Matthews’ service to Durham Academy from 1975 to 2000. The fund was established with gifts from Amelia and John Matthews and from friends and colleagues. The Amelia Matthews Endowment Fund supports the school’s need-based financial aid program through an annual scholarship award to a Middle School student who demonstrates outstanding character, academic effort and concern for others.

The McWilliams Scholarship

This award was established in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. McWilliams in honor of their children, Robin McWilliams ’89 and Allison McWilliams ’91. The award benefits the school’s need-based financial aid program by supporting a minority student in the Middle School who has demonstrated excellence, or the potential for excellence, in character, scholarship, leadership and service.

Mary and Don North Endowment Fund

This fund was established in 1996 to recognize Don North’s service to Durham Academy as headmaster 1988-96, and Mary North’s contributions as Lower School science teacher and as a teacher at The Hill Center. The fund was established with an anonymous gift of $25,000 and additional gifts from Don and Mary Norths’ friends and colleagues. The Mary and Don North Endowment Fund benefits the school’s need-based financial aid program.

Dr. James Palmer Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by family and friends in 2004 in memory of Dr. James Palmer, a Durham Academy trustee and father of Ralph Davidson-Palmer ’01, Sarah Davidson-Palmer ’03 and Alexandra Davidson-Palmer ’08.

Phay Fund

This fund was established in 1983 by the Robert E. Phay family to benefit the school’s financial aid program.

Lori Sartain Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by family and friends in 1986 in memory of Lori Sartain ’99, a kindergarten student and daughter of long-time faculty member Jean Sartain.

Nancy Alyea Schiebel and Elizabeth D. Schiebel Scholarship Fund

This fund was established to honor Nan Schiebel’s service on the Durham Academy Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1985, and Elizabeth Schiebel Albright’s attendance at the school from 1974 to 1985.

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Contact the Development Office

Leslie Holdsworth
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
919-489-6569 x6148 


Chris Mark
Associate Director of Development and Director of Annual Giving
919-489-6569 x6147

Durham Academy Development Office
3601 Ridge Road
Durham, NC 27705
919-493-7363

An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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