Berkshire's endowment is critical to sustaining the School's excellence in perpetuity. Income from endowed funds provides support to faculty chairs, programs, building operations and replacement, student scholarships, and other designations, helping the School offset the rising costs of tuition to supply these operating funds.
- THE CHASE CHAIR IN ENGLISH AND THE BEAR TRIBUTE SCULPTURE
- THE BERKSHIRE SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FOR AMSR AND AI
In partnership with a group of dedicated alumni called "The League of Bears," we are excited to announce plans to fund The Arthur C. Chase Endowed Chair in English in conjunction with the Bear Tribute Sculpture in honor of Art Chase.
Thanks to the generosity of Berkshire families, alumni, and friends, the Berkshire School Endowment for AMSR and AI was established in 2018 to endow AMSR and bring AI (Artificial Intelligence) to Berkshire. The endowment, which supports AMSR/AI faculty chairs, curriculum, an external speaker network, and student recognition, kicked off with the Tian Family Endowed Lecture Series during Pro Vita and will help bring AI to the curriculum in 2019-2020. To contribute to this innovative endowment for Berkshire's students, please click the button below.
Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars Daniel Tian '19 and Avalon Lebenthal '19 with Director of AMSR Dr. April Burch
Endowed funds are investments in sustaining Berkshire’s community, now and in the future. The unparalleled experiences that Berkshire students and faculty enjoy today are possible in large part because of these far-reaching commitments made by those who came before them. For more information on how you can support Endowed Funds, please contact Director of Advancement Andrew Bogardus at 413-229-1237 or email@example.com.
- THE ALIIS NON SIBI AWARD (2007)
- ALLEN FAMILY ENDOWMENT FOR FINANCIAL AID (2012)
- ROBERT DAVIS ALLEN MEMORIAL FUND (1990)
- THE KELTS COLFAX BAKER SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1962)
- THE DAVID SHUMWAY BARRETT '59 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP & PRIZE FOR PERSEVERANCE (1999)
- THE DWIGHT C. BAUM '32 ENDOWED CHAIR OF SCIENCE (2000)
- THE BINNY FUND FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM (2007)
- MATT BRAND HONOR FUND ENDOWMENT (2010)
- SEAVER BUCK FACULTY FUND (1988)
- THE LYMAN BULLARD SR. '40 FUND FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2008)
- THE WILLIAM ROTCH BULLARD, JR. MEMORIAL FUND (1991)
- THE RALPH BURROWS SCHOLARSHIP (1994)
- THE ARNOLD AND JEAN BURTON ENDOWMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1997)
- HANS CARSTENSEN AVIATION ENDOWMENT (2011)
- CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT (2008)
- ARTHUR C. CHASE ENDOWED CHAIR IN ENGLISH (2017)
- ED CHASE '69 BERKSHIRE SCHOOL SKI TEAM (BSST) ENDOWMENT (2017)
- CHASE HOUSE BEAUTIFICATION FUND
- THE CLASS OF 1936 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1996)
- THE CLASS OF 1940 50TH REUNION FUND (1990)
- THE CLASS OF 1944 SCHOLARSHIP FUND & MARION FOSTER AWARD (1994)
- CLASS OF 1949 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT FUND (1999)
- CLASS OF 1956 50TH REUNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND (2007)
- CLASS OF 1957 FACULTY FUND (2007)
- CLASS OF 1961 JOHN F. GODMAN FUND (1985)
- CLASS OF 1961 EDWARD H. HUNT SCHOLARSHIP FUND (2006)
- THE CLASS OF 1965 PETER LANCE ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1985)
- THE ALBERT R. CONNELLY SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1990)
- THE CLASS OF 1968 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND (2018)
- THE CLASS OF 1986 20TH REUNION FUND (2011)
- THE NORMAN DICKTER '48 MEMORIAL FUND (1972)
- THE THOMAS H. AND CYNTHIA W. DIXON FUND FOR PERFORMING AND FINE ARTS (1996)
- THE BILL DURYEE MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1994)
- THE FENTRESS SABBATICAL PROGRAM (1980)
- FOLLERT FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP (2017)
- THE E. E. FORD SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1982)
- THE KENNETH FRIEDMAN/CLASS OF '75 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (2017)
- JOHN F. GODMAN FUND (1985)
- THE GOLDMAN SACHS GIVES ENDOWMENT (2010)
- THE GUEST SPEAKERS FUND (1986)
- THE LUKE J. & LYNDA M. HARAN SCHOLARSHIP (2011)
- THE HASKEL FAMILY FUND FOR FINANCIAL AID ENDOWMENT (2016)
- THE WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST FUND FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS (1996)
- THE KRIS R. HUGHES '90 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (2003)
- THE INDEPENDENT STUDENT PROGRAM (2010)
- THE KELTON JANSEN '40 SCHOLARSHIP (1995)
- WALDO C.M. JOHNSTON MEMORIAL FUND FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2010)
- THE ALBERT KEEP '24 SCHOLARSHIP (1976)
- KELLOGG-SILVERMAN-KONTOS FUND (2008)
- THE KELLOGG VACATION FUND (1983)
- THE RITT KELLOGG MOUNTAIN PROGRAM FUND (1992)
- THE WILLIAM R. KENAN, JR. ENDOWMENT FUND (1985)
- THE W. DUNCAN MACMILLAN ENDOWMENT FOR CLASSICAL LANGUAGES (1995)
- THE IRENE MCDONALD ENDOWMENT FOR THE DRAMATIC ARTS (1996)
- THE C. TWIGGS MYERS ENDOWED CHAIR FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE (1994)
- READERS DIGEST SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (1973)
- JACOB F. SCHOELLKOPF IV SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1957)
- EDWARD AND JANE SHOTWELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP (2018)
- THE WILBUR SMITH, JR. SCHOLARSHIP
- STEPHEN V. R. SPAULDING SCHOLARSHIP (1981)
- FRANK E. STEVENS FACULTY FUND (1981)
- THE JONATHAN W. STROM PROGRAM FOR ASIAN STUDIES (1994)
- THE RICHARD P. AND JOY UNSWORTH ENDOWMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1995)
- THE VAN ZON SCHOLARS FUND (1991)
- THE FREDERICK RALL WALSH SR. AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK FUND (1990)
- LEON J. AND MABEL WEIL ENDOWED CHAIR OF HISTORY (1997)
- THE WEIL FAMILY ENDOWMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HUMANITIES (1994)
- THE SIDNEY D. WEISNER SCHOLARSHIP (1994)
- THE WIGTON/KELLOGG ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP (1988)
- ELEANOR WALLACE WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP (2008)
- THE TWIGGS MYERS FUND
Through the generosity of the Ungar Foundation, members of the graduating class select a faculty recipient for this award who embodies the motto for others, not themselves. This stipend recognizes a member of the faculty who, through a 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.
This endowment was 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 minority 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.
This scholarship was established through a bequest from Mrs. Gertrude K. Baker. Each year, this fund supports four returning students 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.
This endowment was established in David Barrett’s memory by his family and friends to fund a scholarship and an award, in perpetuity, to recognize perseverance in both hockey and the classroom. The award will be made each year at Prize Night to a male and female student who reflect the same spirit, determination and drive that David displayed throughout his life, and whose character mirrors the values to which David held fast.
Established by Dwight “Bill” Baum ’32, this Chair salutes teaching excellence in the physical sciences. Mr. Baum graduated from Cornell University with a degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Harvard. Throughout his career as an investment banker, Mr. Baum 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 was to introduce young students to serious scientific investigation and to impart the sense of excitement that can come with such pursuits.
Established by family, friends and an estate gift from Waldo Johnston, this fund memorializes Lyman Greenleaf Bullard ’40, who, like his father William R. Bullard ’12 and his sons Lyman G. Bullard, Jr. ’73 and William R. Bullard II ’76, was an active and contributing Berkshire School alumnus. 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 received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988. The endowment supports faculty professional development endeavors.
This scholarship was established in memory of William R. Bullard ’44 by his wife, Mary Bullard; his brother, Lyman G. Bullard, Sr. ’40; and his nephews, Lyman Jr. ’73 and William R. Bullard ’76. 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.
This scholarship was established by former trustee R. William Burrows, Jr. ’67 as part of his commitment to global education and Berkshire School’s educational mission in the twenty-first century. The scholarship provides financial assistance for a native Asian or if criterion cannot be met, a New York State resident.
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 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.
Initiated by the alumni group The League of Bears and supported by many members of Berkshire’s community, this endowed chair recognizes faculty for excellence in teaching the disciplines of English composition, literature, poetry, foreign languages, or journalism. Awarded to one member of the faculty every five years, the chair symbolizes and celebrates the understated spirit and strength of character that Art Chase brought to Berkshire through his service as a teacher, poet, woodsman, trail squad leader, and founder of the Sugar House.
Created in honor of Ed Chase ’69, who had a powerful connection to and long history of skiing at Berkshire, the Ed Chase ’69 Berkshire School Ski Team Endowment generates income each year in direct support of Berkshire’s alpine ski team. To learn more, please click here.
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, in which Art and Alice Ann Chase lived 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 is now the home of the Admission Office.
In commemoration of their fiftieth reunion, “Del’s boys,” as they are proudly remembered, created 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 prize is awarded in memory of Marion Foster, a social worker and special friend to the Class of 1944C.
Established by his classmates in honor of Hawley Rogers ’56, former interim Head of School and Advisory Board member, this scholarship is awarded to a student(s) 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.
This fund was established by members of the class on the occasion of their fiftieth reunion to pay tribute to C. Twiggs Myers, their honorary classmate and legendary Berkshire teacher, coach, and mentor. Income from this endowment is given annually to a member of the faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching and tenure of service. The Class of 1957 imposes no conditions on the stipend; it is to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
This scholarship was established in memory of John F. Godman, Headmaster from 1951 to 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.
This scholarship was established by his classmates in honor of Edward H. Hunt ’61, whose career at Berkshire spanned forty 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 Alumni Award winner. 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.
This scholarship was established as a twentieth-reunion tribute by the Class of 1965 in memory of their classmate and friend Peter Lance Anderson. Income from this endowment finances a scholarship awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated qualities of leadership by genuineness, loyalty and caring. It is these same characteristics for which P.L. is fondly remembered.
This scholarship was established by friends and family of Mr. Connelly in 1990 in honor of his winning the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Connelly was editor-in-chief of the Green & 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 cocurricular achievement by a new entering student.
(Formerly The Class of 1968 Davis G. Anderson '68 Endowed Fund, established 2003)
Established in 2018 by members of Berkshire's Class of 1968, the Class of 1968 Endowed Scholarship Fund provides annual financial assistance for a Berkshire student. The fund originated in 2003, when classmates came together on the occasion of their 35th Reunion to honor Davis Anderson's work on behalf of the School in leadership roles ranging from head prefect to president of the Board of Trustees. Now as in the past, the fund stands as a tribute to Davis' deep dedication, unflinching selflessness, and extraordinary service to Berkshire School.
This fund was established in honor of teacher and administrator Thomas H. Dixon and his wife and former music department head, Cynthia White 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 bring to campus talented musicians, actors, lecturers and artists.
This scholarship was 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 an inner-city minority student who demonstrates strong academic skills and leadership potential. The Duryee Scholar’s special talents and interests should also reflect Bill Duryee’s enthusiasm for and pride in high school athletics.
This fund was 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.
The Follert Family Scholarship provides financial assistance, in the form of need-based financial aid, to a qualified Berkshire School student or students, with preference given to students exhibiting interest in the areas of sustainability, environmental studies, or athletics with an orientation to the outdoors, or students chosen at the discretion of Berkshire School’s Office of Admission.
The Kenneth Friedman/Class of ’75 Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to a qualified and talented Berkshire School student who lives the enduring values imbued by the Mountain and Berkshire community by exhibiting a drive to be “the best” in all aspects of his or her life, highlighted by demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills, a commitment to environmental stewardship, life-long learning, selflessness, entrepreneurial spirit and, ultimately, a drive to effect a positive impact on others that lies at the core of Berkshire’s mission and remains with students throughout their lives.
This fund was established by former Headmaster John F. 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 death. Income from this endowment will be directed toward the maintenance, reconditioning and repair of campus buildings, athletic fields and recreational facilities.
This fund was 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 to campus guest speakers who address the community on a variety of subjects, including science, literature, art, music, politics and religion.
The Haskel Family Fund for Financial Aid Endowment was established in 2016 by Jim Haskel ’86 and Annie Zimmerli-Haskel ’86 out of a great sense of gratitude for what Berkshire School meant for both of them at a vital point in their development. The fund provides critical resources for a student who will seize the opportunity that a Berkshire School experience provides and exhibits the integrity, strength of character, and generosity of spirit that add to the sense of community so central to Berkshire’s culture and mission.
This scholarship was 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 personal conduct.
This scholarship was 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, mountain climbing, and other outdoor sports. 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 scholarship is 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 his true appreciation of the entire Berkshire experience.
This scholarship was established by Kelton Jansen ’40, who always valued his education and never forgot that financial help from friends allowed him to attend Berkshire. Income from this endowment funds a scholarship for a hard working student who shows a serious attitude toward academics, is active in community service and has an enthusiasm for competitive athletics. Preference is given to students from the states of Louisiana or Florida.
This fund was established by the Class of 1979 in memory of Waldo Cory Melrose Johnston, who served forty-four years as a Trustee and Trustee Emeritus and who was Interim Headmaster from 1978 to 1979. This fund pays tribute to a man whose longstanding commitment to the School contributed to many of Berkshire’s successes.
This scholarship was established through a bequest from the estate of Albert Keep ’24, whose affection for the school led to his career at Berkshire as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
(Amended to a scholarship in 2018 from an endowed chair established in 1997)
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Shotwell '51, the endowed scholarship will provide need-based financial assistance to a student(s) each year who would otherwise not be able to afford a Berkshire education. Preference will be given to a student(s) who demonstrates leadership and the highest level of character in all aspects of his or her Berkshire experience and who takes advantage of the unique curricular and extra-curricular offerings under the Mountain, preparing him or her just not for school, but for life.
In honor and remembrance of Wil Smith and his transformative, enduring impact on all members of our community, Berkshire School has established The Wilbur Smith, Jr. Scholarship.
This endowed financial aid scholarship will allow Berkshire to welcome a diverse student of need each year, providing funding for tuition and expenses. This is keeping with Wil's wishes and is a fitting tribute to his commitment to students and to ensuring that Berkshire's community reflects diversity of people, experiences, and ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Twiggs Myers Fund was created in honor and memory of the late School Master, C. Twiggs Myers Hon. '57, whose loyal stewardship of the School's mission and values defined his legendary 61-year legacy at Berkshire. The Twiggs Myers Fund was established to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty directly supporting these initiatives:
•To endow six faculty chairs that recognize select faculty for their teaching excellence, leadership, and contributions to the community and allow the School to attract and retain the most talented and dedicated faculty to lead our students.
•To attract and retain faculty and staff who represent a variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. This diversity inspires new perspectives, understanding, and the exchange of ideas that profoundly impact how our community learns, lives, and works together.
•To endow our professional development programs which allow faculty to pursue graduate study, to develop new teaching and curricular practices, and to collaborate with the other schools, colleges, and universities around the world.