"When you go to a school like Shady Side, you realize that you have a debt to those who have gone before you. I think about it as now being my turn. I found making a gift to Shady Side's endowment appealing because it lasts forever: it makes the endowment tree bigger and throws off more 'acorns' each year to keep teachers' salaries competitive and expand financial assistance. What better way to pay it forward?" - John Duff '59
The Endowment Fund
Teaching students to think expansively, act ethically and lead responsibly is the hallmark of a Shady Side education. The Campaign for Shady Side’s Endowment Fund will provide the support to our students and faculty to continue to do this important work. It is also essential to our Academy’s long-term stability and future success. Our $8 million endowment goal includes two initiatives:
The Gift of Opportunity
Providing financial assistance to deserving students and families has been a longstanding commitment of Shady Side Academy. We will continue to use our various financial and merit programs to attract bright, curious students who will add immeasurably to the Shady Side community.
The Campaign for Shady Side’s Endowment Fund helps to keep learning accessible. Your endowed investment allows us to support financial assistance for students by:
- Creating a larger pool of financial aid dollars to be able to fund more deserving students.
- Helping to keep tuition as affordable as possible and attainable for all current and future families.
- Sustaining strong enrollment that represents the socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of our community.
"My son needed a bigger challenge. Shady Side was a good fit for him as both a student and an athlete. I just feel so fortunate that there are people out there so willing to give so my son can excel." - Timika Hastie, mother of Skyy Moore '19
"The idea of a private school education could have been so far out of my parents' vision, but with the help of a generous donor, I was able to go to Shady Side Academy and become the first kid on my street to go to college. That generosity changed the course of my life." - Linda LaMagna '83
The Gift of Mentorship
Shady Side Academy faculty members are so much more than teachers. They foster the joy of learning, while encouraging each student’s freedom and responsibility to think, communicate and act with critical reflection. Our teachers coach, advise, mentor and challenge students to be their best, both academically and personally. The impact of our teachers remains with students long after graduation.
Now, through the Campaign for Shady Side, you can invest in new endowed funds that support our beloved faculty through:
- Expanding professional development opportunities
- Supporting competitive compensation
- Ensuring comfortable retirement
"Her values as a coach and teacher are with me today. I still draw on those values and pass them on to my children."
"No amount of words can adequately describe his effort, devotion and dedication to his students, and more importantly, to their growth as individuals. I cannot stress the importance of the impact his teaching has upon me. To this day, I find myself still waging the intellectual war that he sparked within me many years ago."
"Faculty is, of course, the strength of the institution. We had what we considered to be giants when I was a student. There are still people at Shady Side Academy who can be considered giants."