Endowed funds provide a dependable source of annual income for St. Luke’s School. Earned interest supports the operating budget and helps to minimize tuition increases. As of June 30, 2021, St. Luke’s endowment totaled $44.4 million.

We invite you to review St. Luke’s endowed funds and hope you will consider contributing to an existing fund or establishing a new one. For more information on establishing an endowment please contact Associate Director of Development Meg Paulson at 203-801-4957 or paulsonm@stlukesct.org.


Unrestricted Funds

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  • General Endowment Fund

    Established in 1980, the interest from this fund provides unrestricted funding to the school.
  • Unrestricted Board Endowment Fund

    Established in 2007, the income from this quasi-endowment provides unrestricted support to the school’s operating budget while allowing for flexibility in the future.

Students Honors & Programs

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  • Civil Discourse Endowed Fund

    Established in 2020 through a gift from Jennifer and Graham Foster, the Civil Discourse Endowed Fund permanently established The Civil Discourse Speaker Series, which allows St. Luke’s students and community to be exposed to the highest quality lessons in civil discourse. The income from this fund supports the costs associated with bringing together two parties or sets of experts in their respective fields to publicly discuss an issue that has two clearly articulated sides.
  • Class of 2012 Center for Leadership Speaker Series Endowed Fund

    Established as a legacy gift by the families of the Class of 2012, this endowment helps to underwrite the Center for Leadership’s speaker series program and support the Center for Leadership’s mission to develop every SLS student’s unique ability to lead and make a difference.
  • Class of 2013 Student Life Endowed Fund

    Established as a legacy gift by the families of the Class of 2013 to support activities related to student life and the promotion of school community and school spirit.
  • S. Philip Klein Emerging Leader Award Endowed Fund

    Established in 2012 this award is presented annually to a 9th or 10th grader who possesses good character, has strong leadership potential, and who wants to take on the personal challenge of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound program.
  • Parsons Family Women & Leadership Endowment Fund

    Established in 2013 to support initiatives related to women and leadership, including but not limited to program/conference support, individual awards, and/or scholarships for female students with leadership potential. 
  • Richard J. Pedrick Endowed Memorial Fund

    Established in 1995 in memory of past parent and former Trustee, Dick Pedrick, "to perpetuate, as a living memory, all that Dick Pedrick stood for." The Richard J. Pedrick award is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exemplifies leadership, dedication, intelligence, athletic participation, good sportsmanship, and love for their fellow human beings.
  • Social Justice Design-Based Learning Fund

    Social justice-focused, design-based learning opportunities are an essential element of a St. Luke’s education. Established in 2020, income from the Social Justice Design-Based Learning Fund will be used to meet the costs associated with existing programs, such as J-Term and Community Service programs, or to launch new project-based learning initiatives with a social justice or community service focus.
  • Karen E. Wiegman ’92 Award Endowed Fund

    Established in 2005 to provide an annual award to a senior who has shown the most growth over their years at St. Luke's School.  This growth is marked by social connections, academic discovery, and personal maturation.

Financial Aid & Scholarship

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  • Class of 2021 Experience Fund

    Established as a legacy gift by the families of the Class of 2021 to allow students to participate in grade- and class-level trips, special athletic events, performing arts opportunities, and global exchange trips. The fund also helps families afford books, transportation fees, and other costs beyond tuition.
  • Duncan Edwards Waterside School Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2013 to provide scholarship awards to outstanding students coming from the Waterside School in Stamford, CT. 
  • E.E. Ford Foundation Fund for Minority Scholarships

    Established in 1997 to provide need-based scholarships for minority students, grades 9-12.
  • McIntire Family College Opportunity Fund

    Established in 2012 in honor of Gavin McIntire ’08, this endowment provides financial aid for juniors and seniors, to address college search-related expenses, so that they may discover and improve their chances of attending schools that will provide rewarding individual college experiences.
  • The Orlich Family "360" Endowed Fund

    The Orlich Family "360" Endowed Fund was established in 2019 to help fund non-tuition essentials so that students on financial aid will have access to the full St. Luke's experience, both in and out of the classroom.
  • George E. Stevens Horizons Prize Endowment

    Established in 2010 to provide full scholarship support for a Horizons student for up to four years of high school. The prize recognizes students who love learning, demonstrate good character, pursue excellence, and embrace community.
  • Richard Whitcomb Endowed Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2003, in honor of beloved Headmaster Emeritus, Dick Whitcomb, the Whitcomb Scholarship provides need-based scholarships for students based on their ability to make a major contribution to the School and who personify former Headmaster Dick Whitcomb's passion for academic curiosity, strength of character, and co-curricular involvement.

Faculty Honors & Opportunities

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  • Chadwick Family Faculty Development Endowed Fund

    Established in 2020, the Chadwick Family Faculty Development Fund supports the pursuit of projects that advance teaching and learning at SLS while enabling faculty to pursue areas of professional interest that are fulfilling to them and help them grow as professionals. Projects that will be funded will be beyond the scope of what is currently funded by the school’s professional development budget.
  • China Care Endowed Chair for Chinese Language Education

    Established in 2006 to fund a Chinese language instructor who will also be the coordinator of the St. Luke's School China Care Club, a student organization which will help further the mission of China Care.
  • Tracy B. Duncan Innovation Award

    The Tracy B. Duncan Innovation Award quasi-endowment provides awards to innovative members of the St. Luke’s community whose work has made a significant impact on the student experience and in the development of a culture of innovation at St. Luke’s School.
  • Faculty Development Endowment

    Established in 2016 as part of the Final Phase of the Momentum Campaign, the Faculty Development Endowment supports well-established faculty members in their desire to take on high-level, long-term professional development projects that are ambitious in scope and ultimately advance teaching and learning at St. Luke’s School.
  • Goldstone Faculty Enrichment “Dream Grant” Endowed Fund

    Established in 2011, this fund provides grants to teachers and administrators to pursue personally rewarding experiences, be it travel, summer study, or the opportunity to pursue a passion.
  • Head of School Discretionary Endowment Fund

    Established in 2005 to fund projects determined by the Head of School.
  • The Dr. Kidd Excellence in Teaching Award and Endowment for Faculty

    The Dr. Kidd Excellence in Teaching Award is given to a full-time teacher who exemplifies the ideals of SLS through excellence in the classroom, service to the total School community, and dedication to the well-being and growth of St. Luke's students.
  • Kontulis Family Faculty Chair

    An endowed chair is the highest honor St. Luke’s can bestow on a faculty member. Established by the Kontulis Family in 2016, this rotating endowed chair helps St. Luke’s to recognize, retain and inspire top teaching talent. Chairholders serve a two-year appointment and receive a stipend to be used to further a project of their choice.
  • Edward Scovner Excellence in Middle School Teaching Award Fund

    Established in 2013 by the Royce Family to support an award to a middle school teacher who has most inspired student to fulfill their individual potentials through her/his commitment, deep affection for students, and most importantly, distinctive style and approach to teaching.
  • The Tyler Family Endowed Chair for Theater Arts

    An Endowed Chair is the highest honor St. Luke’s can bestow on a faculty member. Established in 2019 by the Tyler Family, The Tyler Family Endowed Chair for Theater Arts supports the salary of the director of the theater arts program and/or the theater arts program.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.