By preparing for the future, we can provide a foundation that will allow Keith Country Day School to continue as a first-rate academic institution, even years from now when our current students are themselves parents, grandparents and even great grandparents.
The Endowment Fund is created from donations. The fund is typically held in long-term investments with the principal remaining untouched, allowing the funds to have greater impact over time. Gifts to the Endowment can be permanently restricted or unrestricted in use, based on the request and intent of the donor.
The money in the Endowment Fund generates interest each year that is used to support academic, fine arts and sports programs as well as special initiatives and facility improvements. Our fund is managed by Harris Investments and the school ensures that Harris Bank follows the best practices of accounting and reporting, allowing Keith’s finance department to best decide where current and future needs need to be met.
Donors may make gifts to the general Endowment Fund or designate existing funds. Our development department would be happy to work with you to establish a designated scholarship or programmatic endowment fund. Currently, our endowment contributions are:
Ellen Mayo Hill Scholarship Fund
In the winter of 2010, Marcia Hill and her husband Guy Struve, provided Keith with a lasting tribute to Marcia’s mother by establishing the Ellen Mayo Hill Scholarship Fund. The perpetual scholarship will provide support for deserving students.
Jane E. Lyons Community Service Scholarship Fund
The Jane E. Lyons Scholarship Fund is a generous endowment given by former faculty and alumna, Jane Lyons. Annually, three grade 8 students are awarded the Jane E. Lyons scholarship for exemplary community service. The first year the scholarships were given was 2016.
Patty and Fred Turner Music Fund
In an effort to enhance and continue to energize interest in the musical performance programs at Keith, Patty and Fred Turner’s endowment gift is designed to support and enhance the music program. Funds help augment faculty salaries, help students pursue state-wide music competitions and assist the department’s equipment needs.
Faculty Development Grant
One of the best ways to maintain an exceptional faculty is to invest in their development as professionals. In 1990, former Keith parents Peter and Penelope West, helped start a Keith Country Day School Faculty Development Grant. The grant was designed to create an opportunity for faculty to bridge personal interests and their area of expertise for professional growth and hopefully, new enthusiasm in the classroom. Since the grant’s inception, Keith faculty have traveled abroad, allowing them to integrate their international experience into courses or curriculum and participated in a variety of workshops and seminars located all over the United States.
Kaitlyn Mary Miller Merit Scholarship
Kaitlyn Mary Miller was a special girl. At Keith, she was a member of the school’s first regional championship volleyball team, she was an exceptional student, she was an artist, and perhaps most importantly, she was a compassionate friend, daughter, and sister to Luke, Rachel and her twin, Kylee. She was all of that and much more. In February of 2007, Kaitlyn died in a skiing accident. She was a junior. In her loving memory, the Miller family created the Kaitlyn Mary Miller Merit Scholarship, given once a year to a promising high school student, who excels academically, but also enjoys fine arts and athletics.
If you are interested in making an Endowment gift, contact:
Rhonda Dailing | Director of Finance
815-399-8850, ext. 119