Exciting Gift Announcement
Two and a half million dollar challenge grant donated for the renovation of the residence department.
It is an honor and a pleasure to announce that a family, whose three daughters have been a part of Hockaday’s residence program, has pledged $2.5 million as a challenge grant in support of the renovation of the residence department. The total cost of the renovation is $5 million and will include top-to-bottom improvements of the 50-year-old residence halls.
This gift will transform the Hockaday residence experience. The renovation will establish Hockaday’s faculty-in-residence program by creating four apartments to house teachers and their families. We know that the interactions between teachers and students enhance the educational experience, both in and out of the classroom. By bringing the learning environment into the living environment, Hockaday’s faculty-in-residence program will foster deeper faculty-student relationships and enrich the lives of all students.
As the only day/boarding school in Dallas, our residence program offers unique opportunities. The residence program dates back to our earliest history; today, our residence students are a diverse group from around the world and across the United States. Hockaday’s leadership in global education is enhanced by the contributions of international students, and the entire School community benefits from their experiences and the educational perspectives they bring to campus. As we endeavor to become an even more global school, this gift enhances our ability to provide reciprocal opportunities around the world.
The donor family, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, sees this pledge as an opportunity for all whose lives have been enriched by Hockaday’s residence program. One of the greatest benefits of a challenge grant is that it motivates volunteers and staff to move quickly and boldly in order to “earn” the match. We know that the donors’ generous commitment to Hockaday will inspire parents of residence students and alumnae alike to support this program that remains a central component of Hockaday’s mission.
This commitment is an important gift in the early stages of the Centennial Campaign; indeed, it is the largest pledge to the residence department in Hockaday’s history. With this gift and the time-tested generosity of our community, we anticipate construction to begin in 2013. Details of the match will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.