Gifts to the endowment serve as a financial foundation  securing Watkinson's future and providing resources to the school’s operating budget.  Many of the school’s permanently endowed funds support professional development, scholarships and academic programs.  The school invests the endowed gifts and annually draws on the fund that fall within the endowment guidelines as approved annually by the Board of Trustees. 
 
We are grateful to our alumni, parents and friends who have established and contributed to a variety of funds that enhance and sustain existing educational offerings as well as helped to launch new programs.

Adding to existing named funds in order to grow the corpus of the fund, and therefore increase the amount available to support the budget each year, is one of the ways that the Watkinson constituencies can demonstrate their ongoing dedication to “give students the power to shape their lives and the world around them.” Listed at right are named restricted funds with a corpus of $25,000 or more.

For information about how to establish a new endowment fund or to contribute to an existing fund, contact Jen Destefani, Director of Development  (860) 570-8128 or jen_destefani@watkinson.org.

List of 19 items.

  • Aaron J. Dornan '98 Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 1998 by Alan R. and Carmen Dornan, parents of Aaron J. Dornan, class of 1998 to honor Aaron’s Watkinson experience. In particular, Watkinson nurtured Aaron’s love of math and science. The fund was augmented by gifts from friends of the family in memory of Aaron. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • Archibald and Barbara Woodruff Memorial Fund

    Established in 2000 through a bequest from Archibald and Barbara Woodruff. Watkinson’s planned giving program, The Woodruff Society, was named in honor of Archibald and Barbara’s extraordinary commitment to the school through gift planning. The fund is restricted to financial aid
  • Casazza Learning Skills Program Endowment

    Established in 2001 by Titus and Karalee Casazza, parents of Amy class of 1992 and Brie and Kate both from the class of 1997, in recognition of the importance and value of the Learning Skills Program (LSP), one of Watkinson’s signature programs. The fund is restricted to the LSP Program.
  • Edward Bradford Williston and Helen Hamlin Williston Scholarship

    Established in 1986 by Helen Williston Sanders and her brother Hamlin L. Williston in memory of their parents who served Watkinson School for twenty years. Edward Bradford Williston was the head of school from 1925 to 1945 when Watkinson was exclusively a school for boys. Award preference is given to a Hartford student from a single parent family. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • Friends of Watkinson Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2011 to provide financial aid for one or more students from Covenant Preparatory School located in Hartford, CT who matriculate to Watkinson School. The Fund is restriceted to financial aid.
  • Fund for a Better Environment Scholarship

    Established in 1984 by friends of Watkinson School, David (deceased) and Jean Sargent to encourage an interest in a better environment. Award preference is given to a student based on the contribution he or she can make to the school and who possesses a strong interest in preserving the environment. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • George A. and A. Jean Wing Fund

    Established in 2005 by Theresa Wing Hines, parent of Graham, class of 2007 and Ian, class of 2010 to endow an international studies program at Watkinson. Named in honor of Theresa’s parents, George A. and A. Jean Wing, the fund was created to inspire Watkinson students to make a positive impact on the world by increasing their awareness of other cultures. The fund is restricted to the support of the International Studies/Service Learning program.
  • George H. Hardy ’87 Memorial Faculty Fellowship

    Established in 2000 in memory of George H. Hardy, class of 1987, by his parents, James and Barbara Hardy, to honor the faculty for the impact they had on their son while he was a student at Watkinson. The grant is awarded each spring to a member of the faculty with 15 or more years of service.
  • Hugh M. and Gerald A. Joseloff ’63 Scholarship

    Established in 1986 by Hugh M. Joseloff and augmented in his memory by his son Gerald A. Joseloff, class of 1963. The fund is perpetuated through a planned bequest established by Hugh. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • Inventive Opportunity Fund

    Established in September 2007 by Sandra Dakers Chase, parent of Allison H. Chase, class of 2005, in appreciation for her daughter’s extraordinary learning experience at Watkinson. The fund supports a purpose spontaneous in nature rather than a regularly budgeted item or event and is intended to benefit students and/or faculty of the Watkinson School in their pursuit of the school’s mission “to give students the power to shape their lives and the world around them.”
  • John W. Bracker Chair

    Established in January of 2014. The John W. Bracker Faculty Chair honors and recognizes an exceptional faculty member while providing invaluable financial support for faculty salaries. During his tenure as Head of School, John believed in and supported the school's outstanding faculty and realized the importance of providing the necessary resources to attract and retain excellent faculty members.
  • Judith K. Scheinblum Memorial Scholarship

    Established in August of 1999 by The Honorable Howard Scheinblum, parent of Jeffrey Scheinblum, class of 1985 in memory of his wife Judith Scheinblum who was a Watkinson faculty member. The fund was augmented and continues to be by family and friends. Award preference is given to a Hartford scholar who has talent in the visual arts. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • Laurent Family Arts Endowment Fund

    Extablished in February of 2014 to provide support to the arts program at Watkinson School by Paul Laurent, former member of the faculty and parent of Holly Laurent '72 and Hamilton Laurent '75. Income from the fund is restricted to suppor the arts program.
  • Marion Gossling Family LSP Fund

    Established in September 2011 through a bequest from Marion Gossling, mother of Paul Gossling '69, in honor of Marion's devotion to Watkinson and recognition of the value of the Learning Skills Program. Marion served on the Board of Trustees and was a honorary lifetime member.
  • Musk Fund for Sustainability

    Established in April 2012 to provide support for sustainability initiatives at Watkinson School.
  • Roberts Faculty Grants Program

    Established in 2006 by Philip R. and Lorrie Roberts, parents of Charles L. Roberts, class of 1993, to support faculty professional development. Establishment of the fund reflects their gratitude for the Watkinson faculty and their extraordinary commitment to the students. The fund is restricted to faculty development.
  • Security-Connecticut Life Insurance Company Scholarship

    Established in 1983 by Ronald D. Jarvis, father of James M. Jarvis, class of 1986, through the Security- Connecticut Life Insurance Company in support of the Head’s Scholar Program. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • Seth and Amy Miller Family Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2014 by Seth and Amy Miller, parents of Jacob class of 2011, Hannah  class of 2012 and Benjamin class of 2017 to provide financial aid for a deserving student who fits the criteria of a Head's Scholar. The recipient must meet the qualifications of the Head’s Scholar Program. The fund is restricted to financial aid.
  • Wilson Family Scholarship

    Established in 1998 by Donald K. and Jean Wilson, parents of Donald P., class of 1985, Kristen, class of 1988, Ann Marie, class of 1991, Elizabeth, class of 1996, Peter, class of 1994, and grandparents of Sean Farrell, class of 2006 and Derek Farrell, class of 2014 to create a scholarship for a student in support of the Head’s Scholar Program. The recipient must meet the qualifications of the Head’s Scholar Program that began in 1994. The fund is restricted to financial aid.