A Diverse and Vibrant Community
Students learn best when presented with a rich variety of viewpoints and opinions. A learning environment that includes classmates and teachers from different backgrounds, traditions, and beliefs benefits everyone by helping children develop a strong sense of both empathy and identity. Sustaining and expanding diversity at Meadowbrook – a crucial dimension of Meadowbrook’s current Strategic Plan – also constitutes a key goal of the Imagine More campaign.
In order to maintain Meadowbrook’s diverse community, we must expand our financial assistance program through endowed funds so that we can continue to offer assistance to deserving students, regardless of individual family needs or the economic climate. The Imagine More campaign includes $5 million for endowed scholarships – a vital investment in our efforts to foster a diverse, vibrant community that reflects the wider world we are preparing our students to enter.
Planting a Seed for Success
Established in 2012 by Jim and Bryann Nuzzo, the Steve Hinds Endowed Veteran’s Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student whose parent has honored our country through service in the armed forces. Inspired by the generosity of the Nuzzo family, Meadowbrook parent Kathleen Corsi made the first gift to the Imagine More campaign in support of this scholarship. “We have a generational responsibility to support these soldiers and their families, who have so bravely and selflessly served us all,” says Kathleen. “I’ve been honored to contribute to this scholarship every year, and I am pleased to continue the tradition through the Imagine More campaign.”
Dana Thomson’s daughter became the first recipient of the Steve Hinds Endowed Veteran’s Scholarship during the 2015-2016 academic year. After her husband passed away, Dana hoped to find a caring educational environment where her daughter would be challenged and inspired, and the Scholarship has made that dream a reality. “Our whole family looks forward to giving back to the Meadowbrook community in appreciation of this gift and in memory of my husband’s years of service to his country,” says Dana.
“Dana and her family are a testament to the importance of welcoming students from a wide range of backgrounds into the Meadowbrook family,” Kathleen asserts. “I look forward to Meadowbrook’s increased capacity to extend financial assistance thanks to the Imagine More campaign.”