Special funds allow PWS to build resources towards a specific goal or for a specific program.
Alumni Tuition Assistance Fund (formerly the Kwame K. Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund). The Fund continues to embody the original focus of the Kwame K. Gordon Memorial, which is to celebrate life and to express gratitude for blessings. Kwame Gordon was a special human being who shared his funny, caring, and warm personality with his classmates and teachers at PWS from kindergarten through eighth grade. If you are interested in celebrating, memorializing, or honoring a Pasadena Waldorf School alum with a gift to the Alumni Tuition Assistance Fund, please contact Melissa Puls, Director of Development.
A fund may be named to memorialize a deceased family member or friend. It may be named for a teacher, corporation, or organization in honor of someone special
McComb Foundation Matching Fund. In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2005, PWS received a generous grant of $250,000 towards an Assembly Hall from the McComb Foundation. Our Board of Trustees issued a challenge to the PWS community to match that fund. With incredible energy, enthusiasm, and generosity, the goal was met as of May 31, 2008, increasing this fund to $500,000 to be applied to the planning and preparation necessary for expanding our campus with an Assembly Hall.
Gael Blair Memorial Fund. Beloved by family, friends, students, and colleagues, Gael Blair was a teacher at PWS from 1994 until her death in 1999. Gael brought a spirit of dedicated commitment to our community and was known for her unconditional love of her students. Fund proceeds go towards tuition assistance.
Alice C. Tyler Tuition Assistance Fund. A $300,000 endowment established over a three-year period beginning in 1999, Pasadena Waldorf School gratefully uses the interest from this fund for tuition assistance in support of diversity at PWS.
Paquita Lick Machris Bequest. In the fall of 2007, the school received a $25,000 bequest from Paquita Lick Machris, whose original gift to the school in 1986 allowed PWS to purchase its current site. Our Board of Directors decided to allocate this money towards our new High School Fund.
Grace Sanders Endowment Fund. Beginning as a founding parent and seeing the school through many incarnations, Grace Sanders has carried a spirit of love, passion, commitment, and dedication, as well as an invaluable wealth of knowledge for our school. It has always been Grace’s wish that this school that she loves so dearly, be financially accessible to all who want a Waldorf education. At our 2008 May Faire, we honored Grace and her vision for PWS by announcing the Grace Sanders Endowment to support diversity here at PWS.