Gifts to Oak Knoll’s endowment are essential expressions of support for the school’s future. When contributing to an endowment fund, a donor’s intent is that the principal from the gift be used to generate earnings for the School in perpetuity. Income from endowment funds may be used to support the school’s general operations or a specific area of interest to the donor, such as scholarship aid or faculty professional development.
We gratefully acknowledge donations from these funds during the 2021-2022 academic year. Names of this year’s donors are listed beneath each fund description unless otherwise noted.
Income generated from this fund supports Oak Knoll’s need-based scholarship program for Lower and Upper School students.
Established by generous members of the Oak Knoll Community, the Joanne Ainsworth Scholarship Fund supports, annually, one or more Lower School families with a financial award to be used toward payment of tuition. The intention behind the fund is to alleviate the financial strain of a private education on families who are committed to Catholic education for their children, but who struggle to meet the Lower School tuition requirements. The award is given on a year-to-year basis, and support for the chosen family or families may or may not extend beyond a single year. Decisions are made at the discretion of Oak Knoll school leadership with special consideration for families with more than one child attending the Lower School.
Current and future gifts to the Athletic Fields campaign will enable Oak Knoll to provide ongoing maintenance to the Chatham property and its facilities.
The family of Susan Bacher, class of 1978, has established this fund in her memory. Susan died of cancer at age 25, and this fund is designed to perpetuate her name by awarding annual scholarship assistance to a commendable student in need.
Established to honor the memory of Senora Beatriz Bloom, Spanish teacher at Oak Knoll from 1991 until her death in 1997, this fund’s income supports foreign language programs.
Established by Alvin V. and Sally Shoemaker in honor of Joan Beale Brennan, former Oak Knoll Guidance Counselor, and in memory of Joan’s mother, Isabelle Beale, the yearly income from this fund provides a partial tuition for middle-income students who otherwise would not quality for financial aid.
Established by the Cambria family, in memory of Lucy Cambria, funds tuition for a deserving Upper School student(s) who promotes diversity at the school—with diversity defined broadly to include race, ethnic background and immigration status, socio-economic factors, religion, and other circumstances. The family believes that everyone deserves an education and environment akin to that which Oak Knoll offers, and that the student body and school community as a whole are enriched by its diversity.
Glenn and Lynn Reiter
Established by Will Cardell in honor of his mother, Yolanda Cardell, this scholarship provides partial tuition for a deserving Upper School student of Black/African American heritage.
Founded in 1989, Cento Amici (100 Friends) is a community-based, member organization dedicated to providing need-based scholarship assistance to qualified students in New Jersey. This fund supports a partial scholarship for a deserving Upper School student.
Cento Amici, Inc.
Dr. Floyd Donahue and Dolly Dempsey Donahue ’52 established this fund in memory of Dolly’s father, Wilfred Dempsey. The annual income provides partial tuition for a deserving student who otherwise could not afford an Oak Knoll education.
Floyd and Dolly Dempsey Donahue ’52
This fund was established by the family and friends of Kelly E. Durkin, a member of the class of 1995, who died tragically in March 1995. The yearly income from this memorial scholarship fund provides a partial scholarship for a young woman from a middle-income family who would not otherwise qualify for financial assistance.
Thomas and Virginia Quinn
This fund provides yearly income to assist in covering Oak Knoll building and grounds maintenance expenses.
In honor of their granddaughter Sara, a member of the Class of 1995, Mr. and Mrs. Silvio Fargnoli established this fund to eventually provide a full scholarship for a deserving Italian-American Upper School student.
Established by Daniel Flatley and Patricia White; the proceeds from this endowed fund are available to be used, without restriction, as the head of school and the board of trustees determine.
Established through a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, the yearly interest generated by this fund provides income for professional development opportunities for teachers in the Upper School.
This fund, established by the Edward E. Ford Foundation, provides yearly income for an Upper School middle-income student who would not otherwise qualify for financial aid.
Established by the family of Phyllis Gamba to honor her memory and commemorate her 32 years of service to Oak Knoll as a Lower School teacher of Reading and Language Arts. The annual income from this fund provides partial tuition for a deserving Lower School student who demonstrates the spirit and principles of Cornelia Connelly, and who otherwise could not afford an Oak Knoll education.
Lori and Mark Antonich (Lori Gamba ’85)
Established by J. Kenneth and Irene Hickman so that accomplished writers (fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, or other genre) can address students, faculty, and the public about the writing experience.
This fund was established by the family of Rita Kentz to commemorate her 32 years of service to Oak Knoll as a foreign language teacher. Annual income generated from the fund provides a partial scholarship for a middle-income student who would not otherwise qualify for financial aid.
Andrew Kentz ′68 (LS)
This fund was established by the Leece family in memory of Oak Knoll alumna Mary Pat Leece ′66. The annual income from this fund provides a partial scholarship for an academically deserving student who would not otherwise be able to afford an Oak Knoll education.
This fund was established by Anne Lofredo’s family to honor her memory and commemorate her 37 years of service to oak Knoll as a Lower School teacher of science, social studies and religion. The annual income from the fund provides partial tuition for a deserving Lower School student to promote diversity at the school in accordance with Anne’s desire for inclusion of all, where every child matters regardless of means.
This fund was established by the Forbes family in memory of Katie MacMaster, who died in 2002 while a seventh-grade student at Oak Knoll. Income from this fund will provide opportunities for faculty professional development. The potential uses of the award are to be limited only by the creativity and imagination of the teachers receiving the award.
Donald and Frances MacMaster
Established in 2007 to honor Rev. Frank J. McNulty, the yearly income from this fund provides support for community service projects that will provide life-changing experiences.
The Angela Metzger Memorial Fund was established by the family and friends of Angela Metzger in 2006. The purpose is to yearly acknowledge an exceptional faculty member, staff member or administrator from the Lower School, and one from the Upper School, who exemplifies the principles of Holy Child education and the mission and beliefs of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child.
Established by faculty and staff to commemorate Marilyn O’Shea’s 25 years of service to Oak Knoll as a teacher and administrator, the annual income from this fund is used for Upper School library acquisitions.
A distinguished faculty is the greatest strength of an academic community. This fund, established by the Oak Knoll Board of Trustees, generates yearly income for faculty development and salaries.
This fund was established by her family and friends, in loving memory of Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage, a member of the Oak Knoll class of 1999. This fund is dedicated to providing scholarship assistance for a deserving Oak Knoll student.
Rich and Tasha Dickinson
Charles and Rosemary Ellinwood
Established by the Marfuggi family in honor of Oak Knoll’s 50th Jubilee, this fund provides tuition for an academically qualified student who could not otherwise afford an Oak Knoll education.
The Saburn Fund for Experiential Education was established in honor of Tim Saburn, who retired after serving for 16 years as the Oak Knoll Head of School. Tim is a firm believer in the life-changing power of experiential and service-based learning. Money raised for this fund will support opportunities outside the classroom, such as student exchanges, retreats, and a broad range of service projects. Per Tim’s wishes, there will be a special focus on students receiving financial aid
Craig and Marie Chobor
Frederick Honold ’64 (LS)
Mark and Andrea Hopkins
Richard and Mary Jacobson
Donald and Frances MacMaster
Leslie and Eileen Quick
Richard Romano, Jr. ’74 (LS) and Julie Romano
Society of the Holy Child Jesus
Motria Ukrainskyj ’78
Joseph and Mary Ellen Weinhoffer
Established through a gift from Angela and Jeffrey Schroeder, the annual income from this fund provides partial tuition for a deserving Upper School woman who otherwise could not afford an Oak Knoll education.
Established by the parents and students of the Class of 1996, this fund provides yearly support toward financial assistance for Oak Knoll students. The fund serves as a living memorial to the talent, enthusiasm, and wisdom that each member of every graduating class shared with the Oak Knoll community. Donors to this fund are listed on the current parent donor pages.
Established in memory of Carol Simon, mother of alumnae Mary Simon Streep ′73 and Leigh Simon Porges ′75, this fund’s yearly income provides support for community service projects for all members of the Oak Knoll community.
This fund was established by William E. and Carol Simon Streep ′73 and Leigh Simon Porges ′75. The yearly income generated from this fund provides partial tuition for a student who is academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged, presenting an opportunity to benefit from a quality Catholic education.
Interest generated from this fund may be used for general operating expenses.
This scholarship was established by the board of trustees of Oak Knoll School honoring Cynthia H. Vives, SHCJ, and her 16-year tenure as head of school. It is awarded annually to an Upper School student of color based on financial need.
Francis and Nonie Murphy