When this year’s graduating class learned of Dr. Bruce Halverson’s planned retirement as President at the end of the school year, they were inspired to consider how they might show their appreciation for him. Motivated to pay tribute to both Dr. Halverson and their school, the Class of 2015 determined that their senior class gift would be to raise money to establish a scholarship fund in Dr. Halverson’s honor.
Enthusiasm for this student led fundraising effort has spread beyond the campus. To support their good work, the Foundation set about to secure several matching grants and gifts from individual donors and nonprofit organizations to assure the fund would meet the $15,000 minimum required to establish a named endowed fund in the Foundation’s endowment. We, among others, were touched by the students’ initiative and inspired by their heartfelt intention to recognize Dr. Halverson’s eight-year tenure as President by providing support for future Governor’s School students who may require financial assistance to pay their meal plan fees, the only cost to attend the school.
With the endowment benchmark surpassed and with some $58,000 committed, now our goal is to grow the fund to $100,000 by the time of Dr. Halverson’s departure. We invite your consideration of a gift in honor of Bruce and in appreciation for his dedicated leadership of the Governor’s School.
No other public arts school, and few private, can boast of the successes our school and its students have accomplished, and the school continues to shape student potential into excellence. Your support of our request will help assure that more deserving students have access to the amazing opportunities afforded at our state’s public residential high school for the arts.
Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015
by Becky Fletcher