Generous alumni, parents, trustees, and friends have established more than 175 endowed funds throughout the school’s history, and these endowments provide recurring revenue to support numerous priorities and initiatives that benefit our students and faculty.
Six new endowments were recently established to support and enhance The St. Paul’s Schools experience:
Barbara Mills Endowment – established to honor the life and legacy of Barbara A. “Bobbie” Mills, a beloved teacher, colleague, mentor, and lower school head, who served for 26 years. Funds will support professional development for faculty and staff at St. Paul’s Pre and Lower School.
William F. Childs IV '72 Leadership Endowment – established to honor alumnus William F. Childs IV '72 and to the Experience+ program, incorporating leadership, business training, ethics, integrity, character, community, and civility within the curriculum for upper school students.
The W. James Price IV Fund for Financial Literacy – established by The Price family and provides programming support for financial literacy at St. Paul’s School for Girls.
Lacrosse Endowment Fund – established by grateful alumni, Scott S. Bacigalupo '90, Kent G. Croft '81, and G. “Russell” Croft '92, and provides support to the annual operations of the girls’ and boys’ lacrosse programs.
Class of 1972 Scholarship – established by alumnus William B. Chambers '72 to provide need-based tuition assistance to families of students who have the personal character and personality that embodies the Schools’ mission.
The St. Paul’s Schools’ Faculty Appreciation Fund – established by alumnus, William B. Chambers '72, to provide a permanent source of compensation funding to support the schools in recruiting, retaining, and rewarding great faculty.
I am inspired to give to St. Paul’s because the community has given much to me. I appreciate and look forward to professional development opportunities that inform my teaching and focus on student-centered practices.
- LaShanda Lawrence P '27, '30 (SP middle school teacher)
LaShanda Lawrence is a middle school teacher at St. Paul’s School for Boys who holds the William J. and Frances R. Price English Language Chair at St. Paul’s, established by Jim Price IV '42 in memory of his parents to honor a teacher who demonstrates extraordinary dedication and love for the teaching of English.
An endowed faculty chair is the highest academic recognition that St. Paul’s can bestow upon a faculty member. The faculty chairs program began in 1998 to recognize and reward members of the St. Paul’s faculty whose efforts as educators, mentors, coaches, and advisors embody the standards of “excellence” espoused in our mission.
More recently, LaShanda was named the recipient of the Eric Bower Memorial Grant, an endowed fund that supports experiential learning opportunities for faculty development in the boy's middle school. Each of these honors, made possible by our schools’ generous donors, has impacted LaShanda’s professional growth and benefited her students.
LaShanda was also named the director of the B.E.S.T Summer Scholars program. Summer Scholars is a five-week program for students transitioning to Baltimore-area independent schools as part of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.). B.E.S.T. was formed in 1987 to increase educational opportunities for high-achieving Black students from the Baltimore area who have the potential to thrive in an independent school environment but lack financial resources. Families accepted into the program receive assistance applying to and preparing for independent schools, including waived application fees, academic workshops for students, and financial aid workshops for parents. The summer program aims to foster friendship among each new cohort of B.E.S.T. students while preparing them for the rigor, culture, and challenges of independent school. “One of the hallmarks of the B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars program is the creation of connection and community,” Lawrence says. “Never before has this been more important for our new students preparing to transition to independent schools.”
Talented and dedicated faculty and staff members like LaShanda devote their time and resources to develop and prepare our students for their years beyond St. Paul’s. Thanks to the generosity of donors, our faculty members have access to a wide range of professional development opportunities each year.