Major gifts supporting the school’s endowments secure the long-term financial sustainability of the school and enhance the quality of education provided. In simple terms, an endowment is a permanent fund similar to a savings account for the school from which only a percentage of the investment income is spent. Strong endowments enable schools to endure fluctuations in enrollment and market demand by diminishing dependence on tuition revenue. While the school’s annual operating expenses are primarily met through tuition, gifts to the Westminster Fund and support from First Presbyterian Church, our endowments give us the security to invest more deeply in need-based financial aid and faculty compensation.
What are the school’s named endowments?
Endowed scholarships awarded to students:
- Aquilla Smith & Dr. Richard Moss Memorial Scholarship
- Betty Gene Lovingood Scholarship
- Cristina Hope Oliver Scholarship
- Elliot Edgars Hamilton Rivers Memorial Scholarship
- John W. P. and Cristina Hope Oliver Scholarship
- Matthew Clark Memorial Scholarship
- Rosemary Lester Memorial Scholarship
- Virginia Jarrell Williamson Memorial Scholarship
Endowment to recognize excellence in teaching:
- Green Orr Award
- Fred M. Kennedy Memorial Debate Fund
The General Endowment:
In 2014, the board of trustees established a general endowment. Seed money for the endowment comes from a one-time new family fee of $365.
How can I support the school’s endowment?
Gifts can be made to establish a new or support an existing named endowment. For more information on each scholarship, current recipients and how to make a difference through gifts to our endowments, contact Rhonda Barinowski by or by calling 706-731-5260, ext. 2334.