Endowed funds are at the very heart of Berkshire School’s giving program. They nurture and sustain students and faculty alike, as well as programs vital to the School. Berkshire School gratefully acknowledges the generous donors who have created and/or helped sustain the following funds.
For more information on establishing an endowed fund at Berkshire School, kindly contact Bill Bullock at (413) 229-1237. The name of each fund is followed by the year it was established and a description of its history.
THE ALIIS NON SIBI AWARD (2007)
Selected by members of the graduating class, the recipient of this award follows the motto "for others, not ourselves." This stipend recognizes a member of the faculty, who, through his or her love of teaching and abiding commitment to enriching the lives of students, embodies the ideals and spirit of an engaged and treasured member of both the faculty and, equally important, the Berkshire community.
ROBERT DAVIS ALLEN MEMORIAL FUND (1990)
Established by family and friends in memory of Robert Davis Allen '40. Education and public service were cornerstones of Mr. Allen’s life. In his memory, a scholarship is presented to a student who best exemplifies his high personal standards and concern for others. Mr. Allen was a mathematics teacher at Berkshire from 1943 to 1944 and president of Berkshire's Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1980.
THE KELTS COLFAX BAKER SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1962)
Established through a bequest from Mrs. Gertrude K. Baker. This fund supports four returning students each year who have demonstrated a strong academic record. This endowment from Mrs. Baker is a memorial to her son, Kelts Colfax Baker, Jr. ’38, a flight lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force who was killed in action in England in October 1944.
THE DWIGHT C. BAUM '32 ENDOWED CHAIR OF SCIENCE (2000)
Established by Dwight “Bill” Baum, an alumnus from the Class of 1932, this Chair salutes teaching excellence in the physical sciences. Mr. Baum graduated from Cornell University with a degree in electrical engineering followed by an MBA from Harvard. Throughout his career as an investment banker, Mr. Baum has always treasured the education he received from the study of the physical sciences in his high school years. As a philanthropist, one of his goals has been to introduce young students to serious, scientific investigation and to impart the sense of excitement that can come with such pursuits.
THE BINNY FUND FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM (2007)
This fund, named after Robin Williams ’80, supports the academic tutoring program. It was established upon Binny’s untimely death through the generosity of the Class of 1980 and the Hirschfeld Family.
MATT BRAND HONOR FUND ENDOWMENT (2010)
This gift, established by C. Kirk Kellogg '87 in honor of his friend, Matthew B. Brand '88, provides a gift to the reunion class that has the highest rate of participation to the Annual Fund determined during the Alumni Reunion.
SEAVER BUCK FACULTY FUND (1988)
Established anonymously by a parent and supported by alumni and friends, this fund recognizes a Berkshire teacher “who has established a distinguished record in the classroom and has been noted for a willingness to help individual students realize their highest potential.” This annual honor carries with it a $1,000 cash award.
THE LYMAN BULLARD SR. '40 FUND FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2008)
Established by family, friends and an estate gift from Waldo Johnston, this fund memorializes Lyman Greenleaf Bullard ’40 who followed in the footsteps of his father, William R. Bullard ’12, and, was in turn, followed by his sons Lyman G. Bullard, Jr. ’73 and William R. Bullard II ’76 as active and continuing members of the Berkshire School community. Lyman Bullard Sr. matriculated at Harvard, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and had a long and distinguished career in industry. At Berkshire, he served as a Charter Trustee, Trustee and Advisory Board member, and was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1988. The endowment supports faculty professional development endeavors.
THE WILLIAM ROTCH BULLARD, JR. MEMORIAL FUND (1991)
Established in memory of William R. Bullard ’44, by Mary Bullard (wife of William R. Bullard ’44), Lyman G. Bullard Sr. ’40 (brother), Lyman Jr. ’73 (nephew), and William R. ’76 (nephew). The income from the endowment provides partial funding of an annual scholarship to a “fifth form student who demonstrates qualities of intelligence, independence, curiosity, sense of purpose and appreciation of nature, and a strong competence in the natural sciences.”
THE RALPH BURROWS SCHOLARSHIP (1994)
Mr. R. W. Burrows, alumnus (’67) and former member of the Berkshire Board of Trustees (1990-1992) established the R.W. Burrows Scholarship in 1994 in honor of his father, Ralph as part of his commitment to global education and Berkshire School’s educational mission in the twenty-first century. This scholarship provides opportunities for native Chinese students to attend Berkshire.
THE ARNOLD AND JEAN BURTON ENDOWMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1997)
Arnold Burton '36 was the first European student to attend Berkshire, joining the student body for his senior year in September of 1935. As he has returned to Berkshire over the years, he has been enormously impressed with the changes that have taken place, and is pleased to know that the spirit set in the early days by Mr. Buck continues to be so faithfully pursued. In that spirit, he and his wife Jean have established this endowment to support faculty through graduate education and other programs of study so that Berkshire will continue to grow positively with the changes time brings.
CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT (2008)
Established to provide financial aid for a student or students with demonstrated need.
THE CHASE HOUSE BEAUTIFICATION FUND (1995)
Established through an estate gift from Alice Ann Chase and supplemented by the family of James R. Anderson. This fund is used each year for the upkeep of Chase House, the residence that Art and Alice Ann Chase lived in for most of their years at Berkshire. In particular, the Chases will long be remembered for their gardens and love of flowers, a tradition that the school intends to maintain. Chase House currently serves as the home of the Admission Office.
THE CLASS OF 1936 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1996)
Established by the class on the occasion of their 60th Reunion. Income from this endowment is directed toward student financial aid and will be awarded to a returning student; naming him or her the Class of ’36 Scholar.
THE CLASS OF 1940 50TH REUNION FUND (1990)
Established in memory of deceased classmates and Old Guard faculty, income from this endowment is directed toward student financial aid.
THE CLASS OF 1944 SCHOLARSHIP FUND & MARION FOSTER AWARD (1994)
In commemoration of their 50th reunion, “Del’s Boys" (as they are proudly remembered), wanted to create a permanent fund in support of financial aid that would help future generations of students “be part of a boarding school tradition, experience the exhilaration that comes from great teachers and reside on a campus whose natural environment is spectacularly beautiful.” This award is made in memory of Marion Foster, a social worker and special friend to the Class of 1944C.
CLASS OF 1949 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT FUND (1999)
Established by members of the class in honor of their 50th Reunion, this endowment will fund professional development for faculty members who teach foreign languages at Berkshire.
CLASS OF 1956 50TH REUNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND (2007)
Established in honor of their classmate, Hawley Rogers, former interim Head of School and Advisory Board member, this scholarship will be awarded to a student whose family may suffer sudden financial hardship during the school year. Support of that student will continue through the duration of his or her stay at Berkshire unless financial circumstances improve. If the criterion cannot be met in any given year, this scholarship will be utilized for general financial aid at Berkshire.
CLASS OF 1957 FACULTY FUND (2007)
Established by members of the class on the occasion of their 50th Reunion to pay tribute to C. Twiggs Myers, their honorary classmate and legendary Berkshire teacher, coach and mentor. Income from this award is given annually to a member of the faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching and tenure of service. The recipient is chosen by the Head of School in consultation with the Dean of Academic Affairs and the senior and junior class presidents.
CLASS OF 1961 JOHN F. GODMAN FUND (1985)
Established in memory of John F. Godman, Headmaster 1951-1970, members of the class never forgot the positive impact that Mr. Godman had upon their lives and they have always been grateful for the scholarship money that made possible their Berkshire education. Their philosophy is quite simple: “Give back to the school what the school gave to you.” Income from this endowment provides partial funding for annual scholarships. Students chosen as Godman Scholars are recognized for “superior scholastic achievement and strong qualities of leadership in co-curricular activities.”
CLASS OF 1961 EDWARD H. HUNT SCHOLARSHIP FUND (2006)
Established by his classmates in honor of Edward H. Hunt '61, whose career at Berkshire spanned 40 years and included many roles: teacher, coach, athletic director, alumni director, and author of the school's history. Upon his retirement Mr. Hunt was named the school's 2006 Distinguished Alumnus. Income from this endowment is awarded annually to a student of integrity who displays a strong work ethic, has shown consistent academic achievement, and who contributes substantially to the extracurricular programs either through athletics or activities.
THE CLASS OF 1965 PETER LANCE ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1985)
Established as a 20th Reunion tribute by the Class of 1965 in memory of their classmate and friend, Peter Lance Anderson. The income from this endowment finances a scholarship that is awarded annually to “a student who has demonstrated qualities of leadership by his/her genuineness, loyalty and caring for those around him/her.” It is these same characteristics for which P.L. is fondly remembered.
CLASS OF 1968 DAVIS G. ANDERSON '68 ENDOWED FUND (2003)
Established as a 35th reunion year tribute by members of the Class of 1968 to honor Davis G. Anderson '68 for all his work on behalf of the entire school community through the years, from head prefect to president of the Board. The fund will serve as a testament in perpetuity to Davis G. Anderson's deep dedication, unflinching selflessness and extraordinary service to Berkshire through sponsorship of the school's Winter Carnival, an annual event undertaken by Berkshire's prefects.
THE CLASS OF 1986 20TH REUNION FUND (2011)
This Fund was established as a resource to supplement incidental costs that may arise for students of need while attending Berkshire.
THE ALBERT R. CONNELLY SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1990)
Established by friends and family of Mr. Connelly, Class of 1925, in honor of Mr. Connelly’s selection as Berkshire’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Connelly was Editor-in-Chief of the Green and Gray and the school’s top scholar for four consecutive years. He went on to become an attorney and spent his career with the New York City firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. Income from this endowment supports an annual scholarship that recognizes academic and co-curricular achievement by a new entering student.
THE NORMAN DICKTER MEMORIAL FUND (1972)
Established through a bequest from Mrs. Anna M. Stein, mother of Norman Dickter, Class of 1948. The income from this endowment is used annually to purchase new books for the collection in Geier Library.
THE THOMAS H. AND CYNTHIA W. DIXON FUND FOR PERFORMING AND FINE ARTS (1996)
Established in honor of teacher, administrator and Senior Master Thomas H. Dixon and his wife and former Music Department Head, Cynthia W. Dixon, for his thirty-five and her sixteen years of service to Berkshire School. Over the years, the Dixons have continually found creative ways to express their interest in symphonic music and theater and in the process, enrich the lives of the entire school community. It is intended that income from this endowment will bring to campus talented musicians, actors, lecturers and artists.
THE BILL DURYEE MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1994)
Established by friends of Bill Duryee (an administrator, coach and teacher at Berkshire from 1971 to 1993). This memorial scholarship brings to the Berkshire School community a minority student from one of the nation’s inner cities who demonstrates strong academic skills and leadership potential. The Duryee Scholar’s special talents and interests also reflect Bill Duryee’s enthusiasm for, and pride in, high school athletics.
THE FENTRESS SABBATICAL PROGRAM (1980)
Established through a bequest from Tom Fentress ’48. Income from this endowment recognizes outstanding service by veteran teachers and offers them the chance for rejuvenation in their chosen field or some related academic discipline. The fund supports study and travel grants for faculty who have been at the school for seven years or longer. Among the activities completed since 1980, the Fentress Sabbatical Fund has given a Berkshire teacher the opportunity to study battle sites of the Civil War and author a biography on the Scottish Jacobite heroine Flora Macdonald.
THE E. E. FORD SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1982)
Established by a grant from the E. E. Ford Foundation in support of BERKSHIRE 75, the School’s first capital campaign. The gift was directed toward the School’s general Scholarship Fund and restricted to an entering Third Form student.
JOHN F. GODMAN FUND (1985)
Established by former Headmaster John Godman (1951-1970) through a bequest to Berkshire School. Throughout his 21 years as headmaster, Mr. Godman had always wanted to build an endowment that could maintain the beautiful campus that he was so instrumental in building. However, the funding for major building projects along with significant annual operating costs did not permit such an initiative to get very far along. What Mr. Godman could not do in his lifetime, he achieved after his death. Income from this endowment will be directed toward the maintenance, reconditioning and repair of campus buildings, athletic fields and recreational facilities.
THE GOLDMAN SACHS GIVES ENDOWMENT (2010)
A gift from Jane and Michael Chwick established this fund to provide financial support for students involved in research activities in mathematics and science.
THE WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST FUND FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS (1996)
Established through a grant from the William R. Hearst Foundation in support of independent schools with “outstanding academic programs and a demonstrated track record of outreach to economically disadvantaged students.” This fund provides a partial scholarship to a member of the student body who strives for academic excellence and demonstrates the highest standard of character and integrity through his/her personal conduct.
THE KRIS R. HUGHES '90 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (2003)
Established by family and friends in memory of Kris R. Hughes '90. In addition to his talents as an outstanding hockey, baseball and football player, Kris was an avid nature lover and enjoyed fly-fishing and mountain climbing, among other outdoor sports. While at Berkshire, he was popular with his peers and served as a prefect his senior year. Kris was a prolific reader and took his academic endeavors very seriously. He valued his family and friends tremendously, and was always eager to share his knowledge and experiences with them. Kris made a conscious effort to make the most of his time at Berkshire, and took advantage of every opportunity to fulfill his potential here. The endowment will fund a scholarship in perpetuity, and will be awarded each year to the student who best exemplifies Kris's broad range of interests, his loyalty to his friends, his love of athletics and of the natural environment, his belief in the value of hard work and true appreciation of the entire Berkshire experience.
THE KELTON JANSEN SCHOLARSHIP (1995)
Established by Kelton Jansen ’40 who always valued his education and never forgot that scholarship help from friends allowed him to attend Berkshire. Income from this endowment funds a scholarship for a student who is hardworking, shows a serious attitude toward academics, is active in community service and has an enthusiasm for competitive athletics. Preference will be given to students from the states of Louisiana or Florida.
THE ALBERT KEEP '24 SCHOLARSHIP (1976)
Established through a bequest from the estate of Albert Keep ’24, whose affection for the school led to his career at Berkshire as a teacher, coach, assistant headmaster and headmaster (1943). After the war, he returned to serve as a Trustee until his death in 1974. This scholarship is awarded each year to a Berkshire student based on academic performance and involvement in co-curricular activities.
KELLOGG-SILVERMAN-KONTOS FUND (2008)
Established by George J. Hoffman IV in honor of his friends Peter R. Kellogg ’61, Harvey Silverman and Arthur Kontos whose interest in humanity through their philanthropic endeavors to community and education serve as a shining example to others. This stipend recognizes a member of the Berkshire School community who demonstrates integrity, motivation, spirit, commitment to excellence, mentoring or guidance through small acts of caring, kind words or a listening ear; thus honoring the legacy of decency of these gentlemen who embrace all people equally.
THE KELLOGG VACATION FUND (1983)
Established by Betty Kellogg in memory of her late husband, James C. Kellogg III ’33, a past president of the Berkshire Board of Trustees. Annually, income from this endowment is awarded to two members of the Berkshire faculty and/or staff. Created to recognize the strong work ethic of the Berkshire community, the criterion states “this grant must be used by members of the Berkshire community in the pursuit of pleasure – something that is absolutely fun and relaxing.” Recipients and their families have responded with trips and adventures to locations throughout the United States and across the world.
THE RITT KELLOGG MOUNTAIN PROGRAM FUND (1992)
This memorial fund, established by friends of Ritt ’85 and the Kellogg family, is a tribute to Ritt’s love for the outdoors. His affection for the Berkshire campus and the mountain that surrounds it inspires Berkshire students to study, respect and preserve their natural environment. The Mountain Program incorporates course offerings in English, science and environmental studies with outdoor activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, snowshoeing, survival skills and first aid training. Income from the fund helps to cover program costs and the salary of the instructor.
THE WILLIAM R. KENAN, JR. ENDOWMENT FUND (1985)
Established through a matching/challenge grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. In keeping with the educational objectives of the Foundation, the Kenan Trustees made a commitment to “support high quality and effective teaching at Berkshire School.”
THE W. DUNCAN MacMILLAN ENDOWMENT FOR CLASSICAL LANGUAGES (1995)
Established by W. Duncan MacMillan ’49 to encourage a deeper appreciation for the classics and to enhance the teaching of foreign languages at Berkshire School. The MacMillan Endowment is the first step toward establishing a formal Language Center which will promote cooperation among regional private and public secondary schools in the use of new curricular materials and technology. These funds also support a MacMillan Latin Prize and a MacMillan Latin Scholar.
THE IRENE McDONALD ENDOWMENT FOR THE DRAMATIC ARTS (1996)
Established by parents of alumni and former students as a farewell tribute to Mrs. McDonald. The Fund recognizes her passion and devotion in “teaching students how to act, to sing and to thoroughly enjoy the stage.” In her 20+ years at Berkshire, she founded the drama club, directed over 40 musicals, half as many plays and conducted countless choral concerts. Income from this endowment supports various aspects of the school’s theater program.
THE C. TWIGGS MYERS ENDOWED CHAIR FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE (1994)
This endowment was established by former students, parents and friends of history teacher, cross country coach and Senior Master, C. Twiggs Myers. The intention behind the Fund is to recognize and reward “dedication to the intellectual, moral and athletic development of Berkshire students.” Income from the fund will provide salary and administrative support in perpetuity. A new Myers Master will be named every three years.
READERS DIGEST SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (1973)
Established by a gift from the deWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Income from the endowment provides partial scholarships for academically qualified students from middle-income families. Each year, several Berkshire students are recognized as Reader’s Digest Scholars.
JACOB F. SCHOELLKOPF IV SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1957)
Established by J. F. Schoellkopf IV ’29 and J. F. Schoellkopf V ’56 through a trust to Berkshire School at the time of Berkshire’s 50th Anniversary. Income from the endowment is directed toward student financial aid. Each year, a Schoellkopf Scholar is selected based on “selfless performance on behalf of Berkshire School.”
EDWARD AND JANE SHOTWELL ENDOWED CHAIR FOR LEADERSHIP AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (1997)
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Shotwell ’51, the fund will support a teacher who will specialize in ethics, leadership and character development. This teacher will help integrate leadership and character development into all aspects of the Berkshire experience, to include a summer program for young boys and girls. The first of its kind among preparatory schools, this Chair emphasizes Berkshire’s unique programs for preparing its graduates not just for school, but for life.
STEPHEN V. R. SPAULDING SCHOLARSHIP (1981)
Established by the family of Stephen Van Rensselaer Spaulding, Jr. ’29 and Stephen Van Rensselaer Spaulding III ’55. The income from this endowment is directed toward student financial aid. Annually, a Spaulding Scholar is selected from the Fifth Form in recognition of that student’s qualities of citizenship, leadership, and scholarship.
THE GUEST SPEAKERS FUND (1986)
Established by a former member of the Board of Trustees to “supplement the education of Berkshire students.” Income from this endowment is used to bring guest speakers to campus who address the community on a variety of subjects including science, literature, art, music, politics and religion.
FRANK E. STEVENS FACULTY FUND (1981)
Established by the Berkshire School Board of Trustees in honor of Frank Stevens, a teacher of Latin and foreign language at Berkshire from 1921 to 1966. Income from this endowment is directed toward faculty enrichment and is a primary funding source for the School’s sabbatical program.
THE JONATHAN W. STROM PROGRAM FOR ASIAN STUDIES (1994)
This memorial fund was established by the friends and family of Jonathan W. Strom ’64, a Berkshire alumnus who lived and worked in the Far East as an investment banker. Through residential living and study abroad, the fund is designed to promote a wider understanding of Asian cultures and languages among the Berkshire faculty, and as a result, enhance the understanding of the problems, promises and needs that are emerging as American and Asian cultures intersect.
THE RICHARD P. AND JOY UNSWORTH ENDOWMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1995)
Established by former President of the Board of Trustees, Bruce D. Benson '57, and his wife to recognize the service and dedication that Berkshire’s tenth headmaster and his wife brought to the School. The fund was later augmented by the entire Board as a special farewell tribute to Richard and Joy Unsworth upon the occasion of their retirement in 1996. Each year, interest from the fund supports the development of Berkshire faculty through graduate education and other programs of study.
THE VAN ZON SCHOLARS FUND (1991)
Established by Trustee and past parents Adrian and Gabriele van Zon, this endowment program provides scholarship assistance for a day student from the local community. As long-time residents of South Egremont whose three children each benefited greatly from their Berkshire education, the van Zons' wished, in particular, to create this educational opportunity for families from Egremont or Sheffield. van Zon scholars demonstrate superior academic achievement, are involved with community service and are recognized as outstanding citizens.
THE FREDERICK RALL WALSH SR. AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK FUND (1990)
Established by Fred R. Walsh Jr. ’72 in memory of his father. This fund honors Mr. Walsh Sr. and also recognizes the “high caliber of teaching” that Mr. Walsh Jr. received during his two years at Berkshire. Annually, income from this fund is used to purchase texts on American History and augment the book collection in Geier Library.
LEON J. AND MABEL WEIL ENDOWED CHAIR OF HISTORY (1997)
Established by Lee ‘44C and Mabel Weil, this Chair will salute teaching excellence in history. A trustee since 1978, parent of two alumni (Jerry ’73 and Caroline ’76) and the 1989 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, investment banker Lee Weil ‘44C has witnessed much of history firsthand. Barely seventeen at graduation, he learned to fly in the School’s wartime “Education with Wings” program, went on to serve in the U.S. Navy, and was honorably discharged after the Japanese surrender. In 1984, President Reagan appointed the Princeton graduate Ambassador to Nepal, a post he held for three years. In various volunteer and leadership roles, Lee has also helped Russia and Ukraine adjust to democratization and a free-market economy, and has overseen elections in Nepal and El Salvador.
THE WEIL FAMILY ENDOWMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HUMANITIES (1994)
Established through a bequest from Lillian M. Rouse (past parent of Leon Weil ‘44C and grandparent of Jerry ’73 and Caroline ’76). This fund is used to enhance student programs in the fields of literature, art and music with emphasis on both written and oral communication skills. The Weil Endowment is also used to underwrite an annual school-wide competition in public speaking.
THE SIDNEY D. WEISNER SCHOLARSHIP (1994)
Established by Harrison Weisner ’75 in memory of his father. This scholarship is intended for a student “who has demonstrated educational ambition, superior academic promise, capacity to care for others, community involvement and leadership potential.” Special consideration is given to students from the greater New York City area.
THE WIGTON/KELLOGG ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP (1988)
Established by Bill Wigton ’65 and Peter Kellogg ’61, this endowment supports a scholarship for the son or daughter of a Berkshire graduate. The scholarship is intended to help the children of alumni “who have a lot to offer but who, for whatever reason, have never had a mix of opportunity and circumstance that enabled them to meet their true potential.” The scholarship further addresses Berkshire’s mission of meeting the individual needs of each of its students. Should Berkshire School be unable to award this scholarship to the child of an alumnus/a, it will instead be awarded to a student who fulfills all other components of the indenture.
ELEANOR WALLACE WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP (2008)
Established in honor of Eleanor Wallace Williamson, former director of athletic programs in the Great Barrington school system and the mother of John B. Hull ’51, grandmother of Forrest A. Hull ’77, Hannah L. Hull ’79, Bruce C. Hull ’81 and the great-grandmother of John W. Hull ’03 and William A. Hull ’06. The income from the endowment provides partial funding of an annual scholarship to be awarded first, to a member of the girls’ varsity hockey team, or, any girls’ varsity athletic team member, and, lastly, to any varsity athlete regardless of gender.