The Heights | Funds & Endowments

Funds & Endowments

The Heights School motto – Crescite – is the Latin translation of the Creator’s first words to man and means “to increase and grow.” And, indeed, thanks to your support we continue to grow. By choosing to support an outstanding faculty, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, a unique advisory program, athletics and scholarships, you provide substantial opportunities for School development and help make The Heights a leader in boys education.

One way to ensure The Heights School will continue to attract and retain exceptional young men is by making gifts to help endow scholarships and campus facilities for years to come. Current named funds and endowments include:

Named Funds & Endowments:

To learn more about named giving opportunities, please contact Phil McGovern, Chief Finance & Development Officer, at pmcgovern@heights.edu.


Core Program Endowments

Investing in core programing keeps the School truly a leader in the education of young men and in the development of Christian professionals – in the words of St. Irenaeus…men fully alive! Every day, Height programs are forming Christian gentlemen who through their professional work can help to elevate society from within and draw all those they serve closer to God. Many opportunities exist to partner with the School to make a foundational gift to support these programs for a lifetime. If you would like to discuss making a gift to help sustain a Heights core program please contact Phil McGovern, Chief Financial & Development Officer, at pmcgovern@heights.edu for additional information.
Please visit the curriculum portion of our website for an in-depth look at our educational philosophy and how it is carried out at all levels of the School.

Planned Giving

You can support The Heights mission in a permanent way by including the School in your will or retirement plan. There are a number of estate planning tools available which offer creative and tax-wise ways to ensure The Heights legacy and your own philanthropic goals. To learn more about planned giving opportunities or to discuss making a gift, please contact Phil McGovern, Chief Finance & Development Officer, at pmcgovern@heights.edu.

Alumni Scholarship Fund

Of all the things that bind us together as alumni, one of the greatest is the opportunity we have to preserve The Heights mission for future generations. Ability to pay tuition should never be the determining factor in whether or not a deserving young man can attend the School. The Alumni Scholarship Fund is a way for alumni to make The Heights experience possible for others through grants and scholarships.

Well-qualified students who might otherwise not be able to attend the School are able to do so thanks to alumni support. Participation in the Alumni Scholarship Fund is a means for alumni to share their Heights experience with a new generation of Heights men. Alumni participation also demonstrates the value alumni place on their Heights experience which is an incredible testimony to both current and prospective parents and supporters.

For more information about the Alumni Scholarship Fund and other alumni giving opportunities, please contact Jimmy Callahan ’06, Director of Alumni Relations, by phone at 301.365.4300 x. 162 or by email at jcallahan@heights.edu


Robert A. Best Memorial Scholarship Fund

A loyal friend of The Heights School from the beginning, Mr. Robert A. Best was instrumental in founding the first educational programs of the original “Heights Study Center” in Northwest D.C. A gift of $200,000 from the estate of Mr. Best makes possible the Robert A. Best Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides deserving boys with little financial means an opportunity to attend the School

Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty Scholarship Fund

Julie and Bill Blatty, parents of Peter ’05 and Paul ’07, have honored their son Peter’s memory by endowing three full scholarships to the upper school. Their endowment, which they continue to expand, is enabling young men with the necessary qualifications to take advantage of a Heights education.

Cavalier Scholarship Fund

A full four-year upper school scholarship, endowed by alumni parents who wish to remain anonymous, continues to enable the School to attract qualified African American young men who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Heights education.

Headmaster’s Fund for Faculty

The Headmaster’s Fund was established with a recognition of the key role that the teachers play in the lives of the students at The Heights. Specifically, the Headmaster’s Fund is a special fund that gives Alvaro de Vicente, and future headmasters, the ability to help maintain and professionally develop outstanding teachers. Like the Crescite Fund, the Headmaster’s Fund provides crucial support for the mission of the School.

Lieutenant Colonel John F. Hillen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Hillen Fund is an endowed scholarship fund named in memory of Lieutenant Colonel John F. Hillen, Jr., who was a highly decorated Army officer, Army Ranger and Green Beret, who served two tours in Vietnam. Later, in pursuing his scholarly interests, he became an expert advisor on Middle East policy. A humorous poem he wrote for his wife, “A Teacher’s Prayer,” is widely quoted and appreciated by teachers, students and parents alike. The Fund was started in 2012 with a leadership gift by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. John F. Hillen, III, to enable qualified young men from military families to attend The Heights. The Hillen Scholarship represents a particularly meaningful way chosen by Maria and John to honor John’s father as a leader of great character, accomplishment and patriotism in the service of his country. John F. Hillen, Jr. exemplified the virtues that The Heights strives to help its students develop.

St. Joseph Fund

A campus conducive to learning is one of the greatest assets of The Heights. To ensure that future Heights students will have the classrooms, athletic facilities, and outdoor environment necessary to support educational excellence, an endowment gift was received in 2012 from the parents of an alumnus who wish to remain anonymous. Named the St. Joseph Fund, the endowment’s future earnings will help to make the capital improvements necessary for consistent maintenance and good stewardship of the 20-acre campus. Our hope is that others will join them in making gifts to endow the Fund.

O’Keefe-Gidley Faculty Development Fund

Bridget and Mark Gidley, parents of Jack ’11 and Ned ’14, chose to start a family fund named to honor their own parents. The O’Keefe-Gidley Fund will help support faculty compensation and professional development. The Gidleys over time will fund the endowment so that The Heights can remain competitive in attracting and retaining the highest caliber of teachers.

O’Keefe-Gidley Debate Fund

In addition to their continuing support of the faculty, Bridget and Mark Gidley have pledged continuing support to The Heights School debate team. This fund is intended to ensure that future Heights debaters have the support they need to continue at a high level.

Punaro Family Scholarship Fund

In the fall of 2013, Jan and Arnold Punaro, parents of alumnus Daniel ’04, expressed their desire to make a special gift to The Heights School in gratitude for the education their son received. After discussions with Headmaster Alvaro de Vicente and Chief Financial Officer Phil McGovern, Jan and Arnold established an endowment fund to assist with student scholarships. In particular, the Punaros’ gift helps make it possible for minority students, who may not have the financial means, to attend The Heights and to take full advantage of the education offered.

Robert A. Best Memorial Scholarship Fund

A loyal friend of The Heights School from the beginning, Mr. Robert A. Best was instrumental in founding the first educational programs of the original “Heights Study Center” in Northwest D.C. A gift of $200,000 from the estate of Mr. Best makes possible the Robert A. Best Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides deserving boys with little financial means an opportunity to attend the School.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Fund

Scholarships are a vital means of making The Heights School accessible to the widest reaches of our community. Through generous gifts to The Scholarship & Financial Aid Fund greater numbers of students are able to take advantage of a Heights education.