While the School’s annual operating expenses are primarily met through tuition and the The Dunham Fund, an endowment provides long-term financial security, enabling mission-driven decisions to be made with visionary planning for academic excellence. Strong endowments enable schools to endure fluctuations in enrollment and market demand by diminishing dependence on tuition revenue.
Named endowments can be established with a minimum threshold gift of $100,000 payable over five years while gifts of lesser amounts can be made to the school’s general endowment or an already established fund. For more information, please contact Kelly DeRossette.
The Liz Peters Master Teacher Endowment was established in 2008 to provide supplemental income for teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and further the School's efforts to attract and retain outstanding teachers. The endowment is named for the late Liz Peters who was one the first teachers hired at The Dunham School and truly exemplified the qualities of a master teacher.
Beth McInnis Alford
Mary Ellen Courville
Mitch McIlwain '94
The Al and Mary Gayden Jones Share Dunham Scholarship
Established in 2008 by an anonymous donor, the Al and Mary Gayden Jones Share Dunham scholarship fund provides tuition assistance to deserving and academically capable students who could not otherwise afford a Dunham education, with preference given to children of single parents and widows in keeping with James 1:27.
The Leah Hipple McKay Academic Services Scholarship
The Leah Hipple McKay Academic Services Scholarship provides need-based financial assistance to students served by the McKay Academic Center for Excellence. The fund was established in 2017 in memory of the late Leah Hipple McKay who was devoted to helping children on the autism spectrum learn and develop.
The Roy Carnegie Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Scholarship Fund
The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair established the Roy Carnegie Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Scholarship in 2023 to honor Mr. Carnegie's years of service to the fair. The annual scholarship is awarded to an upper school student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, leadership and community service
The Two Coins Scholarship
Established by Michael and Sharon Jenkins in 2010, the Two Coins Scholarship is awarded to an eighth-grade student who has demonstrated during his or her middle school years the story of the widow’s offerings as described in Mark 12:41-44. The recipient of the scholarship is a student who is diligent in his or her academic work, places others before self, and is involved in extracurricular, community service, and church activities.
The Warren J. Wilson Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Scholarship Fund
The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair established the Warren J. Wilson Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Scholarship in 2015 to honor Mr. Wilson 40 years of service to the fair. The annual scholarship is awarded to an upper school student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, leadership and community service.
"Gifts to an endowment keep giving year after year."