Endowed Funds at Severn School

Building a Stronger Future

Your endowment gift will make a lasting impact on Severn School. These critical funds sustain our community so that today, tomorrow, and for decades to come, every Severn Admiral can realize their fullest potential. You can make a general gift, or support your passions with a donation toward financial aid, faculty professional development, student programs, or diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To make an endowment gift, please email Director of Major Gifts Maryetta Lynch.

Financial Aid Funds

For many families, affording an independent school education is a sacrifice, though one that can be an important investment in their child’s future. Severn awards nearly $3 million in financial aid annually to students from both low and middle-income families. These funds ensure that families with financial need have access to the benefits of a Severn education.

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Faculty Professional Development Funds

We provide training throughout the school year, host a stellar program of summer classes taught by and for Severn faculty, support travel to conferences, offer grants for professional growth, and more. These funds ensure that we can attract and retain expert and dynamic faculty who are committed to lifelong learning.

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  • Domenech Outstanding Upper School Faculty Award

    Established in 1990 by an anonymous gift from a parent and named in honor of the first recipient, Upper School Head Julian Domenech, Sr. The fund annually awards an outstanding Upper School Faculty member selected by the senior class.
  • G. Parker Lindsay Fund

    Established in 1995 in memory of a beloved coach, teacher, and administrator at Severn from 1939-1969.
  • Graw Family Innovation Award and Entrepreneurial Fund

    Established in 2014 by the Graw Family as an endowed chair position for the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Programs at Severn School.
  • James M. Donnelly Faculty Endowment Fund

    Established in 1984 by the Severn School Board of Trustees in honor of Mr. Donnelly, who served as Severn’s head of school from 1973-1984,  to provide funds for summer studies or enrichment for faculty.
  • Lapides Endowment Fund

    Established in 1985 in honor of Alumni Parent and Trustee, Morton M. Lapides.
  • Millard Endowment Fund

    Established in 2000 by alumni Stephens Millard ‘51 and his wife Linda to support summer professional development and unique hands-on experiences for Severn School faculty and staff.
  • Smart Family Endowment

    Established in 2004 to provide support for the Hoehn-Saric Family Center for Academic Excellence.

Funds for Student Programs

Classes, discussions, projects, and assessments are not the sum of education at Severn. Through our robust series of programs, our students learn to examine and appreciate the varied perspectives and experiences possible in our world. Your gift to this category of funds also enables us to invite talented performers, speakers, educators, and activists to bring the outside world to Severn.

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  • David Astle Memorial Fund

    Established in 1998 by Alumni Parents Senator John and Mrs. Jane Astle after the tragic death of their son, David ‘92.  The Astle Endowment Funds an annual lecture for the Severn community featuring world renowned speakers. Click here for more about the program.
  • Eller Citizenship Fund

    Established in 1960 by Admiral and Mrs. Ernest M. Eller in honor of their sons, Peter ‘54 and John ‘58.  The fund supports an award given annually to a member of the senior class who has displayed those qualities of character, loyalty, cooperation, and general academic as well as extra-curricular achievement which go to make a well-rounded citizen.
  • Van Eney ‘09 Fellows Program Fund

    Established in 2012 by alumni parents Craig and Katie Eney in memory their son Craig “Van” Eney ‘09, this funds the Van Eney '09 Fellows Program which allows a select group of Severn School Seniors to transcend the academic program and develop a year-long intellectual pursuit that reflects their growing passions. Click here for more about the program.

Funds to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We commit to incorporating diverse perspectives, materials, and experiences in and out of the classroom to cultivate a culture of belonging for every student. These funds support programs that foster an appreciation of different cultures, combat bias, and promote genuine understanding and acceptance of others.

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General Endowment Funds

General endowment funds can be spent, saved, invested and distributed at the discretion of Severn School to support our areas of greatest need.

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Establish an Endowed Fund

Leave a legacy at Severn School by endowing a named fund. Funds can be started with a $50,000 contribution or a commitment of $10,000 a year for 5 years. For more information, please email Director of Major Gifts Maryetta Lynch.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146