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, 2019, St. Luke’s endowment totaled $31.1 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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  • Unrestricted Board Endowment Fund

    Created in 2007, the income from this quasi-endowment will provide unrestricted support to the School’s operating budget while allowing for flexibility in the future.
  • General Endowment Fund

    Established in 1980 to provide unrestricted support to the School's operating budget and other needs.

Student and Program Support

List of 9 items.

  • Civil Discourse Endowed Fund

    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. Experts are selected for their ability to civilly explore the issues without resorting to polarizing or divisive rhetoric, demonstrating for our community the value of reasoned, thoughtful conversation between two or more parties who disagree. 
  • Class of 2012 Center for Leadership Speaker Series Endowed Fund

    Established in 2012 as a legacy gift from the Class of 2012 to help 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 in 2013 as a legacy gift from the Class of 2013 to support activities related to student life and the promotion of school community and school spirit.
  • 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.
  • McIntire Family College Opportunity Fund

    Established in 2012 to provide funding for college-related expenses that face juniors and seniors on financial aid, so that they may discover and improve their chances of attending colleges that will provide rewarding individual college experiences.  Established in memory of Gavin McIntire ’08. 
  • 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 in and out of the classroom.
  • 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 Dick Pedrick, parent of four SLS students and dedicated board chair from 1989 until his death in 1995, "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 his/her fellow human beings.
  • S. Philip Klein Emerging Leader Award Endowed Fund

    Established in 2012 to recognize St. Luke’s students who are of good character and possess strong leadership potential. On an annual basis, an awardee will be presented with the opportunity to attend an Outward Bound program between the 9th and 10th grades.  The intent is that award recipients will challenge themselves, further personal growth and understanding, and learn leadership skills at an Outward Bound program that will benefit themselves, the St. Luke’s School community, and ultimately the larger world. The award aligns with the Center for Leadership’s mission to find one’s voice and make a difference. 


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  • 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.
  • George E. Stevens Horizons Prize Endowment

    Established in 2010 to provide full scholarship support for a Horizons student each year for up to four years of high school.  The intent of the prize is to inspire Horizons students to aspire to excellence and at St. Luke’s School.  It will recognize students who love learning, demonstrate good character, pursue excellence, and embrace community.

  • Richard Whitcomb Endowed Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2003 to provide need-based scholarships for deserving students. Named in honor of headmaster emeritus Dick Whitcomb who retired in 2002.
    Through the generosity of a dedicated alumnus, St. Luke's School has established the Richard M. Whitcomb Scholarship Endowment Fund, a named scholarship to honor Headmaster Emeritus Dick Whitcomb. The Richard M. Whitcomb Endowment Fund, hereinafter called the Whitcomb Scholarship, will benefit students who embody the values of St. Luke's School and who will thrive in a school setting that prepares them for a "lifelong commitment to learning and social responsibility."

    Selection and Awards
    The Whitcomb Scholarship will enable one or more students with proven academic and co-curricular potential, strength of character and demonstrated financial need to attend St. Luke's School. Whitcomb Scholarship recipients will be selected 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.
    The scholarship will cover the cost of the full St. Luke's experience for four years, including tuition, fees, transportation, books, social activities, etc. All recipients will receive financial assistance through graduation provided that they maintain good academic and social standing, participate actively in the school's co-curricular program, and continue to require financial aid.
    The St. Luke's Admissions Office will identify qualified candidate(s) for the Whitcomb Scholarship Committee* and will be responsible for administering the selection process. Candidates will be chosen from the pool of students admitted to fifth or ninth grades.
    Funding and Fund Management
    The scholarship(s) will be funded by interest income generated from the Richard M. Whitcomb Scholarship Endowment Fund, which will be managed as a restricted endowment fund guided and monitored by the Finance Committee of the St. Luke's Board of Trustees. Additional details on the fund's investments are available upon request.
    *The Whitcomb Scholarship Committee will be composed of the Director of Admissions, Head of School, former Headmaster and at least one member of the Board of Trustees.
    Please make checks payable to St. Luke's School, with Whitcomb Fund noted in the memo space.

Faculty Support

List of 6 items.

  • Faculty Chair for the Theater Arts Endowed Fund

    Established anonymously in 2019, the Faculty Chair for the Theater Arts Endowed Fund supports the salary of the director of the theater arts program and/or the theater arts program.
  • Goldstone Faculty Enrichment Endowed Fund

    Established in 2011 to provide grants to teachers and administrators to pursue personally rewarding experiences, be it travel, summer study, or the opportunity to pursue a passion.  The intent of the Fund is to recognize and reward faculty members and administrators for excellence in service to the School and its students, as well as to emphasize in a visible and enduring manner the importance of the faculty to the health and vitality of the School.
  • Head of School Discretionary Endowment Fund

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

    The Dr. Kidd Excellence in Teacher 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. Award winners must be at least three years into their teaching career at St. Luke's. Interest from this fund supports a small financial award for the selected teacher as well as general faculty-related initiatives such as professional development.
  • 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.
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.