Our Scholarship Endowments and Financial Aid

Oakwood is committed to its purposeful and robust efforts to assure inclusion and socioeconomic diversity by providing financial aid to qualifying families. Endowment donations help us carry out this mission. This year, Oakwood granted over $3.5 million in financial aid, supporting 1 in 6 of our students. Your gifts ensure that an Oakwood education will continue to be available to a socioeconomically diverse and vibrant group of students into the future.

View our full list of funds below and contact Nancy Leptuch Virrey, Director of Advancement to learn more about how your family can make a lasting impact by endowing a fund.

Make a Tribute Gift

Tribute gifts are a great way to celebrate life events and milestones such as weddings, births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, Step Up, retirement and to honor loved ones who have passed away!If you would like to honor someone special with a tribute gift, please contact us. After your donation has been made, we will send a card notifying the individual or family of your kind gesture.


Oakwood's Endowment Funds

Anita and Stanley Hirsh Minority Scholarship Fund

Anita and Stanley Hirsh established this fund in 1978 to provide financial aid for students from under-served populations.

Charles & Emilie Haas Quasi Endowment Fund

Created in 1999 by the Board of Trustees to honor founding parents, Charles and Emilie Haas, this quasi endowment provides general operating support. 

David Pianko ’95 Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ira & Robin Pianko established this fund in 1996 in memory of their son David. This fund provides financial aid for qualified students.

Gregg Wasserman Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was created in 1980 in memory of Gregg Wasserman and provides financial aid for qualified students.

Howard Kremen ’73 Memorial Fund, A Dance Endowment

This fund, established by the late Sam and Anita Kremen, in honor of their son Howard, supports the Dance Department.

James Alan Astman Endowment for Teaching & Learning

The James Alan Astman Endowment for Teaching and Learning has been established to honor Oakwood's revered Headmaster of 40 years and to sustain Jim's influence on his colleagues' professional growth and development...Read More

Lily Burk Fund

Established in 2009 by Deborah Drooz and Gregory Burk in memory of their daughter, Lily. This fund is part of the Charles & Emilie Haas Quasi Endowment.

Margo Long Fund for Financial Aid

Contributions to this endowment fund help to ensure the socioeconomic diversity of our school population.

Melody Joy Finnestad '82 Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Charity Finnestad and Robert Kondrk established this endowment in 2018 to provide financial aid to qualified students at Oakwood.

Michael Bancroft Goth ’83 Scholarship Fund

This endowment, established by the late Bettina Bancroft in memory of her son, provides income for financial aid programs.

O.N.E. Oakwood New Students Endowment

Established by the Oakwood Alumni Association in 2010, this endowment provides financial assistance to new secondary school students, which will help ensure the socio-economic diversity of the school.

Oakwood Arts Endowment Fund

The proceeds from the tribute to Robert J. Fitzpatrick were used to establish this endowment, which supports art programs at Oakwood.

Rafelson Scholarship Fund

In order to support minority students, this endowment was created in 1974 in memory of Julie Rafelson, 1964-1973.

Scholarship Endowment Fund

Augments the school’s financial aid budget and helps to ensure the socioeconomic diversity of our school population.



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