News - Parent Events
More than 160 Waterford School parents, friends, faculty and alumni gathered on Saturday, January 12, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, to raise funds for the school’s scholarship program. “A Winter Evening for Scholarship” was the evening’s theme and $60,000 was raised, including a matching grant by the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Charitable Foundation.
Attendees enjoyed a student art exhibition, and a serenade by the Waterford Upper School Chamber Octet and Waterford Troubadours. The evening featured a speech by Dr. Thomas Clark, the Founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Soccer, as well as a talk by Ian Thompson, a former Waterford scholarship recipient, who went on to obtain a degree from Harvard University.
The Waterford School’s scholarship program began in 1994, when the faculty joined together to fund the first Upper School student scholarship. Since that time, the scholarship fund has steadily grown with parent, faculty, alumni and corporate support. In 2012-13, 22 Waterford students will benefit from the scholarship program, amounting to $406,150 in scholarship aid.
Rosa Marshall has two children at Waterford. She is a member of PAC, and serves on the Development Committee as the Scholarship Chair.
November is Scholarship Month at Waterford. The best way I can explain to you what Scholarship means to me is to tell you a story.
I know the story of 7-year-old boy who one day was the oldest child of a physician father and a wealthy land-owning mother. The next day he found himself a refugee in a war-torn country, fleeing his home with his pregnant mother and younger sister. He traveled by cart, on foot, and atop trains for 28 days and arrived at his destination to the south with nothing but the promise that his father would rejoin them. They never saw him again.
Suddenly this boy, the eldest boy of his extended family, found on his shoulders the responsibility to rebuild and provide for his family. It was decided that all efforts would go into his education, yet for him going to school over the next 10 years meant shuttling around the homes of his aunts, uncles, tutors, and strangers. He never knew from one term to the next who might come up with enough money to allow him to continue in school.
The XVIII Annual Waterford Golf Classic was held on Monday, May 7th at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course. 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir hosted a pre-tournament clinic. Thirty teams with seventeen sponsors made up the tournament field, raising money to support the Waterford School. More than $20,000 was raised as golfers competed on the course in a four-team scramble format.
We would like to thank Lori Cramer, Kathy Etcheverry, and all the volunteers who passed out prizes at each hole. Title sponsors Sean and Janae Smith of Uinta Golf donated over $10,000 worth of prizes that were awarded for various contests. Alumni parents Jack and Melinda Pelo organized the prizes, produced the program and were the emcees of the event. Thank you to our sponsors, foursomes, and individual golfers. We look forward to having you join us next year!
Below are photos from this lovely day of golf, including some of our dashing foursomes:
This year’s Waterford Auction was a great success, bringing people together as a community and raising money to further Waterford’s programs. The evening event was held 4 February at the new and uniquely beautiful Utah Museum of Natural History. It was an evening illuminated with friends, food, engaging speakers, and lively bidding. Thanks to all of those who participated in any part of this spectacular event.
Some highlights of the auction include …
- 242 guests at the auction
- 30 volunteers the night of the auction
- 50+ volunteers served on the auction committees
- 600+ tickets sold to various parties & events
- 2 separate online auctions that raised over $45,000 – and reached our community and beyond
- $2400 raised for fund-a-wish, including enough funds for the LS PE Dept to purchase pedometers, LS Music to purchase an audio recorder, AP Art to purchase a color photo printer, Theatre Dept to purchase a lighting bar, and enough funds for 2 wood benches in the MS/US
- $7500 raised by the sale of 7 amazing Lower School class projects
- Just over $50,000 raised for technology at Waterford, which will help fund new computers for the LS lab and other upgrades in the MS/US
- 290 items donated for the auction
- $194,000 raised from the sale of those items. These funds will be used to support programs at Waterford
by Sharon Spaulding, Waterford Parent and Scholarship Committee Chair
When a pebble is tossed into water, ripples emanate in every direction. This simple act changes the texture and shape of the environment in ways that reach well beyond the edges of our understanding and vision.
Like tossing a pebble in the water, supporting a student with a Waterford scholarship creates a ripple effect that reshapes the entire community. It begins, of course, with the student whose life is transformed. She will discover new strengths and interests, new friends and challenges, and grow in ways that would have been impossible otherwise.
Within the larger Waterford community the richness of a different perspective enters the classroom. Horizons shift and expand as students and faculty tune in to a deeper understanding of how different life experiences affect how we think as well as who we are and who we become.