Porter-Gaud is fortunate to have donors, past and present, who are committed to growing our endowment. Founded in 1867, our school is an enduring institution, and a robust endowment provides assurance that it will thrive for generations to come. Our Board, through the Investment Committee, hires and directs investment professionals who manage our endowment to generate investment earnings that support and perpetuate the mission of Porter-Gaud.
Gifts to our unrestricted endowment provide our school with stability and flexibility. What we deem essential to our quality as a school today may not seem as essential tomorrow. And what we may not even foresee today may be absolutely critical to the quality of the school tomorrow. Unrestricted endowment provides a stable source of income and it leaves the decision of how to spend that income to the trustees and the administration.
Gifts to create restricted funds within our endowment provide funding now and forever to fund scholarships, teaching positions, or other programs and expenses as designated by the donor. They may be established through outright gifts of cash or stock, or through bequests and other estate planning vehicles, at the following gift levels:
Designated Funds $10,000+
Scholarship Funds $50,000+
Faculty Chair Funds $500,000+
Donors who give to our endowment, unrestricted or restricted, leave a meaningful legacy that will perpetually support and grow the aspects of Porter-Gaud that mean the most to them.
- The Charilla Barham Scholarship
- The Barrett Family Scholarship
- The Broad Reach Scholarship
- The Colonel George B. Buell ’17 Scholarship
- The Benjamin Wyatt Burris ’01 Scholarship
- The Barry D. Gumb, Jr. Scholarship
- The Khris Middleton Scholarship
- The Krawcheck Family Scholarship
- Kirk Sheridan Kessler ‘76 Scholarship
- The Malone Family Foundation Scholarship
- The Michael H. Rawl ’94 Scholarship
- The Porter-Gaud Minority Scholarship
- The Porter-Gaud Alumni Association Scholarship
- The Randall L. Clark Scholarship
- The Stephen E. Puckette III ’75 Scholarship
- The South Carolina Society Scholarship at Porter-Gaud School
- The Tozzi Family Scholarship Award
This fund was established in 2018 with goal of attracting students with to Porter-Gaud who will take full advantage of the opportunities at the school that help them grow as individuals. Achieving that goal starts with the scholarship’s name. It is named for sailing’s “broad reach”, a favorable point of sail to catch the winds that typically moves a boat faster and more comfortably through the water to its destination.
The Colonel George B. Buell ’17 Scholarship was established in 1991 by Colonel George B. Buell ’17, as a memorial for his wife Frances Gooding Buell. Colonel Buell was the first president of the Porter Military Academy Alumni Association and brought former cadets into Porter-Gaud School. Colonel Buell passed away in 1996, but his legacy and love for our school lives on as his scholarship supports a worthy Porter-Gaud student in the Upper School.
The Krawcheck Family Scholarship was established in 2000 by Sallie L. Krawcheck ’83 and members of her family to support exceptional students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend Porter-Gaud School. The Krawcheck Scholarships are modeled after the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina and also provide successive summer enrichment activities for each recipient.
Kirk Sheridan Kessler ‘76 Scholarship was established in 2014 by his parents, Colonel and Mrs. Raymond A. Kessler, Jr. ’39. The scholarship honors the memory of Kirk Kessler, and is awarded to a rising 9th grader who, like Kirk Kessler, possesses high ideals and a record of accomplishment, as demonstrated through strong moral character, pursuit of excellence, servant leadership and participation in and love of team sports.
The Malone Family Foundation Scholarship was established in 2011 by the Malone Family Foundation with an initial $2 million endowment gift. The program enables top-level students to attain scholarships at a growing number of independent secondary schools throughout the United States. The scholarship fund, which has a merit and need-based component, will enable students who are of the highest academic caliber to attend Porter-Gaud.
The Michael H. Rawl ’94 Scholarship was established in 1992 by his parents, The Honorable and Mrs. A. Victor Rawl ’64. The Michael H. Rawl ‘94 Scholarship recognizes a minority student who maintains a respectable academic average and who participates in the extracurricular life of Porter-Gaud. The recipient manifests a desire to assist in building a better community and a determination to succeed.
The Porter-Gaud Alumni Association Scholarship* was created to recognize and support worthy students who are related to an alumnus or alumnae of Porter Military Academy, The Gaud School or Porter-Gaud School. Proceeds from the PGAA Annual Golf Tournament and other fundraisers provide scholarships each year.
The South Carolina Society Scholarship at Porter-Gaud School was established in 1989 by the South Carolina Society. It provides tuition assistance to a rising 6th grade student who at one time previously attended Meeting Street Academy. South Carolina Scholars are selected based on academic proficiency, character, participation in community life, and objectives for the future.
Donor-established funds to support students and various causes on campus.
- The John H. Bennett English Award Fund
- The Alison Fitzgerald ’97 Memorial Fund
- The Chaplain Brian K. McGreevy Character Education Fund
- The John Upshaw Downs, Sr. '50 WATCH Award Fund
- The Amanda Welling Dykes Award Fund
- Take Me to Rome and Expand My Horizons Travel Fund
- The Frank Ford Leadership Award Fund
- The J. Wyman Frampton Science Award Fund
- The John E. Gibbs Faculty Award Fund
- The Meta Morris Grimball Art Award Fund
- The Liza Hollingsworth Fine Arts Award Fund
- The Kirk S. Kessler ’76 Memorial Fund
- The Mai Surran Amonette Harris Memorial Fund
- The Burnet Rhett Maybank History Award Fund
- The Katie Mills Science Award Fund
- The Mowry Spanish Award
- The William F. Muckenfuss III Award
- The Morton Patla Mathematics Award Fund
- Porter-Gaud Professional Development Fund
- The Lieutenant James T. Richards ’80 Memorial Fund
- The Ted R. Richardson Award Fund
- The South Carolina Society Award Fund
- The Coach Ed Steers Award Fund
- The Porter Military Academy Alumni Association Endowment
The Alison Fitzgerald ’97 Memorial Fund was established in 1995 by a gift from her parents, Eva and Dick Fitzgerald, to perpetually support the Alison Fitzgerald Handbell Choir and the Alison Fitzgerald Award. The award is presented annually to a sophomore who shares Alison’s enthusiastic outlook on life.
The John Upshaw Downs, Sr. '50 WATCH Award Fund was established in 2011 by the family of John Downs. This award is presented to the graduating senior who best embodies the spirit of Dr. Porter’s admonition “WATCH” as demonstrated by academic and athletic effort and who, in so doing, has served as an example to others in the Porter-Gaud community of what can be achieved through character and determination.
The Amanda Welling Dykes Award Fund* was established in 1995 in memory of Amanda by friends of her family. The award is presented annually to the 8th grade student who, in the spirit of Amanda, pursues academic excellence. This award is given to the individual who has maintained the highest cumulative average for the 6th, 7th & 8th grade years at P-G.
Take Me to Rome and Expand My Horizons Travel Fund* was established by friends of Dr. Thomas B. Horton and Dr. Charles H. McArver, Jr. in 2015 as a travel scholarship for students interested in history or a government related experience
The Expanding Horizons Award was established in 2013 through gifts from the Porter-Gaud Classes of 2011 and 2012. This award provides need-based financial assistance to students to participate in school-sponsored trips or other appropriate school-sponsored off-campus experiences that will enhance their knowledge via first-hand observation and novel experience to supplement traditional classroom and textbook learning.
In 2018 these two funds were combined into one Porter-Gaud travel scholarship fund for Upper School students.
The J. Wyman Frampton Science Award Fund was established in 2008 by Mrs. J. Wyman Frampton in honor of her husband, a past chairman of the Porter-Gaud Science Department and a longtime teacher of science at Porter-Gaud. The award is given to the graduating senior who has shown to be the outstanding young scientist of the class.
The John E. Gibbs Faculty Award Fund was established in 1989 by the daughters of John Gibbs, who was an English teacher at Porter-Gaud. The award, a stipend for professional development, recognizes a teacher who exhibits superior teaching in the classroom, and exemplary student relationships and involvement in activities outside the classroom. Both students and faculty participate in the selection process.
The Liza Hollingsworth Fine Arts Award Fund was established in 2011 in memory of Liza by her parents, Julianne and Dunn Hollingsworth. This award is presented to a rising 5th grader who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has best shown an interest in Fine Arts and has a qualifying summer experience. The recipient receives a stipend to be used for summer study in Fine Arts.
The Kirk S. Kessler ’76 Memorial Fund was established in 1991 by his parents, Colonel and Mrs. Raymond A. Kessler, Jr. ’39. It supports the Kirk S. Kessler Award, presented annually to a senior of strong moral character who best exemplifies the outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and fair play, while demonstrating leadership, the will to win, and a competitive spirit in the quest for excellence. Kirk was most well-known for his selflessness on the soccer field and his commitment to the team.
The Mowry Spanish Award* was established in 1978 by Dr. Maxwell Mowry, a former Porter-Gaud instructor of Spanish and a 1962 graduate of The Gaud School, in memory of his parents. The award is presented annually to the senior who has gone as far as possible in Spanish at Porter-Gaud and who has maintained good grades in Spanish while also promoting interest in Hispanic culture. It is not necessarily awarded to the student having the highest scholastic average.
The Lieutenant James T. Richards ’80 Memorial Fund was established in 1990 by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.T. Richards. Lieutenant Richards was killed when the jet he was piloting crashed during a training exercise off Parris Island, SC in 1989. Each year, this fund provides support for a summer experience for a student of high achievement interested in service. All juniors are eligible to apply for the award.
The Coach Ed Steers Award Fund was established in 2014 by the Porter-Gaud Fathers Association. The Coach Ed Steers Award recognizes coaches or athletic trainers who best embody the spirit of Coach Ed Steers, and consists of a cash award to enhance the winner’s professional development through study/travel/training, or other appropriate activity related to professional development.
The Porter Military Academy Alumni Association Endowment was established in 2014 by the Porter Military Academy Alumni Association Board. The fund will provide a permanent source of funding to support the maintenance of objects commemorative of Porter Military Academy and its Founder, The Reverend Dr. Anthony Toomer Porter. This includes the bust of Dr. Porter, the 12 pounder Napoleon cannon, the WATCH Tower Bell, the oil portrait of Dr. Porter, the PMA Brick Garden and the PMA Archives Room.