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Endowment Giving

The Trinity Valley School Endowment Fund provides ongoing, yearly support. The impact of the Endowment Fund is powerful, and its continued growth is critical to the long-term sustainability of Trinity Valley School.

Gifts to the Endowment Fund and gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign both help reduce our dependence on tuition. Up to five percent of the three-year, market value, rolling average of the Endowment Fund is contributed to the annual operating budget, thus helping to bridge the gap between tuition income and the actual expense of a Trinity Valley School education. The Endowment Fund is also comprised of gifts designated by the donor to support financial aid, teaching positions, professional development and other awards and programs. Gifts to Endowment are invested in the Trinity Valley School General Endowment.

The Trinity Valley School Endowment Fund began in 1982 with a generous gift from the Amon G. Carter Foundation. The Endowment Fund has grown to its current value of $33 million through continued gifts as well as market growth.

To learn about how you can establish a named award or fund, read more below.

Gifts of all sizes to the endowment are meaningful!

Establish an Award or Fund

Named endowed funds and awards can be established with gifts of $50,000 or more to the endowment. These endowed funds and awards support programs, faculty development, financial aid and more. Endowment gifts are restricted and only the earnings on a gift are available for spending.

The TVS Endowment Fund provides ongoing, yearly support, and its continued growth is critical to the long-term sustainability of TVS.

While it is necessary to give $50,000 to name an award or fund, gifts of any size are meaningful.

Existing Endowed Awards and Funds

Paul E. Andrews Award

The Paul E. Andrews Award is given to a Trinity Valley School student with proven entrepreneurial spirit. This annual award was established by the corporate staff, regional vice presidents, and branch managers of TTI, Inc., in 1994.

Paul and Judy Andrews Holiday Bonus Fund

The Paul and Judy Andrews Holiday Bonus Fund was established in 1990 to provide holiday bonuses for faculty and staff at TVS.

Jan Butner Memorial Award

The Jan Butner Memorial Award is given to the junior student who best displays the qualities of enthusiasm, dedication, and class in the support of athletics.

Doug Carvey Memorial Award

The Douglas Britt Carvey Memorial Award was established in 1995 by Frank P. Carvey, Jr., and Louise Britt Carvey in memory of their son Douglas Britt Carvey (Doug), who was a member of the 1970 graduating class at Trinity Valley School. This award was established in the spirit of Doug’s inquisitive and generous nature.

Class of 1986 Endowed Fund for Faculty Development

This fund was established in 2007 in anticipation of the Class of 1986’s 25th graduation anniversary in 2011. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for faculty development particular to the teaching profession, such as development in the art of teaching or development of depth in a teacher’s chosen discipline.

Fielding Clayton Memorial Award

The Fielding Clayton Memorial Award was established by Fielding Clayton’s parents and her many friends as a tribute to her memory. Fielding graduated from Trinity Valley School in 1980. In addition to her work, she was an active community volunteer at the time of her death in 1996. The award is designed to provide financial assistance to an Upper School student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership skills, and a love for and participation in athletics.

P. Joseph Driggers Memorial Award

The Award was established in 2012 by Matthew Driggers (Class of 2020) in loving memory of his father. Joe was a caring, thoughtful, and generous man from humble beginnings with a love of learning and helping others. The purpose of the award is to annually provide tuition assistance to a new or current TVS student demonstrating financial need and a love of learning.

The Dunkelberg Family Endowment for Faculty Excellence

Established in 2014 by Vickie and Dan Dunkelberg in recognition of the commitment and talent of Trinity Valley School’s dedicated faculty who greatly supported both of their children: Sam (Class of 2015) and Katie. This fund provides support for faculty development and enrichment.

Ellery and Emily Ekleberry, Ryan, Natalie, and Sarah McGartland Financial Aid Award

The Ellery and Emily Ekleberry, Ryan, Natalie, and Sarah McGartland Financial Aid Award was established by their mothers, Kristy Ekleberry and Kim McGartland Medley, in honor of their children, all of whom have benefited from the educational experience of Trinity Valley School. Kristy and Kim have been very involved and interested in the life of the TVS community. Both have a strong belief in financial aid and helping others attain the kind of education their children have received at TVS. The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to a Trinity Valley School student meeting the following criteria: The student should exemplify a love of learning, exhibit a positive attitude, and demonstrate conscientious effort. The student needs to show strength of character, involvement in school activities, integrity, and selfless service.

Farmer Family Financial Aid Award

The Farmer Family Financial Aid Award was established in 2012 by Katie and Jeff Farmer (Class of 1987). The Farmers value the education Trinity Valley School has provided their family and aim to help other students attain the TVS experience. The purpose of the award is to support children of Trinity Valley School alumni in need of tuition assistance. This award is given annually to an alumni family enrolling at least one child of any age at TVS.

Dennis Fleming Financial Aid Award

Jan B. and Lamar C. Smith established the Dennis Fleming Financial Aid Award in 2003 as an expression of appreciation for the outstanding leadership of Trinity Valley School Head of Upper School Dennis Fleming. Mr. Fleming joined the TVS faculty in 1977, as a History teacher and basketball coach. Soon after arriving, Fleming added the duties of college counselor to his many school responsibilities. In 1988, Mr. Fleming became head of the Upper School, and until 1995 he continued to do college counseling while overseeing the growth of the Upper School program. From 2007 until his death in 2009, he was associate head of school. Often remembered for his loud voice, students knew Mr. Fleming as a confidant, teacher, encourager, sports enthusiast, and friend. He was the type of school administrator who truly loved his students and had a strong desire for each student to succeed. The purpose of the Dennis Fleming Award is to annually provide tuition assistance to a new or current Trinity Valley School student.

Edward E. Ford Endowment Fund

Established in 1994, the Edward E. Ford Endowment Fund provides professional development for Upper School faculty (grades 9-12).

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award

This award is given to a family with more than one child at Trinity Valley School, who has paid full tuition until changing circumstances found them qualifying for financial aid, and all things being equal, whose students participate in the athletic program. The annual award, established by friends and family of Tommy Freese ’76, acknowledges the increased burden of having multiple tuition payments for families with a previous record of commitment and responsibility to the school. This award will be made to the same family every year until one of the students leaves or graduates, or the family no longer qualifies for financial aid.

Bonilee and Gavin Garrett Endowed Physics Teaching Position

The Bonilee and Gavin Garrett Endowed Physics Teaching Position has been created in honor of Bonilee Key Garrett and as a loving memorial to Gavin Raiford Garrett by their family. Mr. Garrett had a great interest in nature, geology, surveying, and all things mechanical. The purpose of this gift is to provide funds to help underwrite the salary of the School’s physics teacher.

Byron Gauntt Memorial Award

The Byron Gauntt Memorial Award is an annual award established by family and friends of Byron Gauntt, Class of 1989. The award is given to a well-rounded student.

The Genovese/Dozier Financial Aid Award

The Genovese/Dozier Financial Aid Award was established by Karen and Gary Dozier in honor of their son Joseph (Class of 2006) and in memory of Karen’s parents Clo and Vince Genovese, who stressed the importance of a strong educational foundation for their family. Karen and Gary especially appreciate the fine education Joseph received at Trinity Valley School. While at TVS, Joseph displayed a wide range of interests and talents, from athletics to music to politics to cancer awareness. This award is designed to provide financial aid to Middle or Upper School students who possess similar creativity, determination, and passion in pursuit of their interests and the betterment of the school.

Carol and Ronald Goldman Financial Aid Award

The Carol and Ronald Goldman Financial Aid Award was established in 2011, by their sons, Craig ’87, Adam ’90, and Marc ’92, to honor their parents’ longtime support of Trinity Valley School and their decades of philanthropic efforts within the Fort Worth community. Not only were their three boys 13-year students, but Carol and Ronnie are now very proud TVS grandparents. The purpose of the award is to provide annual tuition assistance to a Trinity Valley School student who lives in Fort Worth and whose family qualifies for financial aid.

Ivan Kovac Memorial Financial Aid Award

The Ivan Kovac Memorial Financial Aid Award was established by Dr. Leigh Ann Jenkins in loving memory of her brother-in-law, Ivan Petar Kovac. Ivan was never happier than when speaking to others of the successes his son Joseph Ray, a 13-year student (Class of 2001), earned as the direct result of his education from Trinity Valley School. Ivan and his wife, Leslie, a faculty member since 1996, chose TVS for Joseph after extensive investigation of available schools in Fort Worth. Ivan’s avid interests in the fields of technology and engineering created an engaging environment in the home and an appreciation for the academic rigors demanded by Trinity Valley School. The purpose of the award is to provide financial aid assistance to a TVS student in grades 1-4 demonstrating financial need and meeting the following criteria: the student should exemplify a love of learning, exhibit a positive attitude, and demonstrate conscientious effort.

Gary Krahn Educator Award for Leadership and Creativity

Inspirational Leader, Lifelong Learner, Passionate Questioner, Innovator, Collaborator, Creative Explorer, Supportive Thinker, Selfless Servant, Mentor. These qualities and many more describe Dr. Gary Krahn, who significantly and meaningfully advanced Trinity Valley School as head of school from 2006 - 2015. The Board of Trustees established the Gary Krahn Educator Award for Leadership and Creativity to honor Dr. Krahn for his outstanding dedication and service to TVS. This endowed award will be presented annually to a TVS educator who embodies the characteristics highlighted above and will be accompanied by a $500 stipend. The head of school and division heads may nominate candidates to the president of the Board of Trustees. The Board and head of school together will select the recipient. The awardee will be announced at the faculty’s end-of-year celebration each May.

Paula and Gary Krahn Endowed Fund for Advancement and Creativity

This fund was established in 2013 by the Keltner Family in recognition of the dedication of Head of School Dr. Gary Krahn and his wife Paula for their commitment to the advancement of TVS. The Fund gives TVS educators the opportunity to connect and build professional relationships around the world to enhance their professional development.

Gerry Kramer Alumni Financial Aid Award

The alumni of Trinity Valley School recognize and appreciate the education they received at TVS. It is the intent of the Alumni Association to aid in providing this experience to alumni children whose families require financial assistance. Therefore, the Association established an award in 1996, which is awarded annually to an alumni family enrolling at least one child of any age at TVS. In 2007 Gerry Kramer, former teacher, head of Lower School, and associate head of school, retired. Many members of the TVS community made gifts to the school to honor Mr. Kramer’s 39 years of devotion and service. Mr. Kramer directed these gifts to the Alumni Award, and the Alumni Association voted to name the award in his honor.

The Kutzler Family Fund for Excellence in Teaching

Doctors Dan and Bea Kutzler established this fund in 2017, in honor of the remarkable teachers their children Michael (Class of ‘09), Annie (Class of ‘11), and Thomas (Class of ‘13) experience during their years at TVS, and in special memory of former English teacher Tim Worrall, who brought out the best in their children and instilled a beautiful appreciation for reading and writing. This fund provides professional growth opportunities for TVS English faculty through summer travel grants, study grants, instructional conferences, and in-service programs.

The Lowe Foundation Endowment for the Performing Arts

Established in 2016 through a gift from The Lowe Foundation, this special fund supports performing arts programs at Trinity Valley School, specifically in instrumental music. This endowment recognizes the important cultural learning experiences students gain through the performing arts and honors Cypress Yost (Class of 2028) and Mary Carson Yost.

McCallum Family Endowed TOE Fund

Jack and Dana McCallum, through an endowed gift, have donated this award in honor of longtime TOE Director Bob Schofield. The purpose of the award is to generate funds for stipends for those faculty members who volunteer their time to attend TOE events or activities.

Ella C. McFadden Financial Aid Award

TVS established this award in 2012 in celebration of Mrs. McFadden’s tremendous generosity to the school. Her legacy continues through the Ella C. McFadden Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas, and it reminds us that the power of one person can change lives for generations. The purpose of this award is to provide tuition assistance to a promising student.

Albert and Mary Lou Menchaca Memorial Award

The Albert and Mary Lou Menchaca Memorial Award was established in 1997 by Dr. and Mrs. John A. Menchaca in loving memory of his parents. Albert and Mary Lou Menchaca exemplified the best that parents can offer a child - as motivators, providers, and role models for their family. While they had limited access to formal education of their own, they truly valued the importance of education and were willing to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of their family. It is in this spirit that the Albert and Mary Lou Menchaca Memorial Award was created -- to help parents with similar drives and aspirations access quality education for their children. Yearly earnings from the Albert and Mary Lou Menchaca Memorial Award Fund will provide financial assistance to a disadvantaged Trinity Valley School student or students.

Jay & Scott Miller Financial Award

The Jay & Scott Miller Financial Aid Award was established by their parents, Laura and Tod Miller, in honor of their sons, Jay, Class of 2004, and Scott, Class of 2008, both of whom attended Trinity Valley School for 13 years. The Millers’ interest and involvement in the life of the TVS community have been enthusiastic, widespread, and always in the best interest of the School. The student receiving this award should meet the following criteria: integrity, service, leadership, strength of character, and involvement in the TVS community. The student needs to be well rounded with an interest in sports, or a student athlete who knows how to achieve success.

Navin Narayan Award

The Navin Narayan Award was established in 2000 by family and friends as a memorial to the life and work of Navin Narayan. Valedictorian of the Class of 1995, Navin was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a 1999 summa cum laude graduate from Harvard. He was Vice Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Youth Involvement, and served as an International Humanitarian Law and International Services Instructor with the Red Cross. He received the Clara Barton Award, the highest award of the American Red Cross. In addition, he was appointed to the Red Cross National Committee on Resolutions.

The award is designed to provide an opportunity for study at Trinity Valley School to a student from an underrepresented minority who best exemplifies Navin’s unique qualities and characteristics - compassion, leadership, intellectual curiosity, intelligence, humility, determination, and gentle ways. This award will annually provide full tuition and all other reasonable school-related expenses to its Upper School-aged recipient.

Dr. Bill Neil Sportsmanship Award

This award is presented to the athlete who best exemplifies the highest ideals of sportsmanship, enthusiasm, fair play, dedication, integrity and loyalty to the team.

Kay Newton Distinguished Teacher’s Award

The award was established in 2010 with a donation to the endowment by the TVS Parents’ Club. In 2017 the Parents’ Club Board voted to change the name of the award to the Kay Newton Distinguished Teacher’s Award in honor of Kay’s retirement and 44 years of service to TVS. The award is chosen from faculty members within a different division each school year. Faculty members nominate individuals who most embody the ideals of professional advancement of their subject matter in a given year.

Parents’ Club Financial Aid Award

The Parents’ Club Financial Aid Award was established by the 2009-2010 Parents’ Club Board through their Grants for Greatness program. The Parents’ Club Board and members are the backbone of TVS, and as a group are consistently enthusiastic and involved with efforts that are widespread and always in the best interest of the School. The purpose of the Parents’ Club Financial Aid Award is to provide financial assistance to a Trinity Valley School student demonstrating financial need and meeting the following criteria: the student should exemplify integrity, service, leadership, strength of character, and involvement in the TVS community. The student needs to be well rounded and the child of an involved Parents’ Club member.

Fred and Mabel R. Parks Financial Aid Award

The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Financial Aid Award was established in 2006 with the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation. The award was created to honor the memories of Mr. and Mrs. Parks, who during their lifetime recognized the valuable role education plays in our society. The purpose of the award is to annually provide tuition assistance to a Trinity Valley School student whose family qualifies for financial aid.

The Rosenthal Family Endowed Fund for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

This was established in 2012 by Billy and Rozanne Rosenthal, Madelyn Rosenthal ’02, Benjamin Rosenthal ’01, and Ashli Rosenthal Blumenfeld ’99 in recognition of the commitment and talent of Trinity Valley School’s dedicated faculty. The Fund supports teachers’ pursuit of creativity and innovation in teaching and learning.

Rutledge Award

The Rutledge Award was established in 2003 by Eunice and Robb Rutledge. The Rutledges have been staunch supporters of Trinity Valley School since the early 70’s when two of their children were TVS students, and Eunice served on the Board. They continued their involvement in later years through their grandchildren. The purpose of this award is to provide tuition assistance to a promising student.

Rutledge Scholarship and Lecture Fund

The primary purpose of the Rutledge Scholarship and Lecture Fund is to annually provide the resources necessary to underwrite the appearance of an exceptional speaker. It is the Rutledge family’s desire that the speaker address interesting topics that will both inform and entertain the members of the Trinity Valley School family.

Fred A. Sanders Award

The purpose of the Fred A. Sanders Award is to provide financial assistance to a Trinity Valley School student who exemplifies strength of character, exemplary citizenship, a positive classroom attitude, and involvement in the TVS community. The Fred A. Sanders Award was established in January 2007 by his family. The Sanders have two daughters who graduated from Trinity Valley School, Kathleen Sanders Wilson ’82 and Elaine Sanders Morris ’84.

Schumacher/Kyle Endowed Coach’s Award

Established in 2010, this award is voted on by Varsity athletes. They vote for the coach who has had the greatest impact on their lives.

Schumacher/Kyle Family Financial Aid Award

The Schumacher/Kyle Family Financial Aid Award was established by the Schumacher/Kyle Family in 2010. Frank and Kathy Kyle are the parents of Corey ’04 and Kelly ’08, and Bob and Edith Schumacher are the proud grandparents. The family established a financial aid award to provide assistance to a Trinity Valley School student meeting the following criteria, everything else being equal: a varsity or junior varsity athlete who embodies the ideals of character, leadership and integrity admired in athletes by Dennis Fleming. Dennis was a teacher, coach, principal, mentor, and friend to TVS students, faculty, and parents alike.

Stephen Seleny Award, a gift of the Ryan Foundation

This award, established by the Ryan Foundation in honor of founding Headmaster, Stephen Seleny, goes to a student who well represents the spirit of the ideal Trinity Valley School student.

Dr. Bill Shelton Award

A Trinity Valley School family generously established the Dr. Bill Shelton Award in 1997 to honor the teaching career of Dr. Shelton and provide financial assistance to a deserving student. Dr. Shelton joined the Trinity Valley School faculty in 1984 as chairman of the history department. Students, alumni, parents, and faculty appreciate his warm interest and concern for the whole person and consider “Doc,” as he is affectionately called by his students, to be a friend. The Dr. Bill Shelton Award will annually provide tuition assistance to an African-American or Hispanic student enrolled in the Upper School program at Trinity Valley School.

Mary Jo Sloane Humanitarian Award

The aim of the Mary Jo Sloane Humanitarian Award is to recognize and reward a student of outstanding scholastic ability and sterling character. This scholarship is awarded to a member of the graduating class of Trinity Valley School, particularly one who has demonstrated keen interest and promise of ability in the health profession. Mary Jo Sloane was a true humanitarian with unswerving integrity. This gift is an annual grant of $1,000 and is presented at Trinity Valley School’s graduation ceremony.

The Solberg Family Financial Aid Award

John Solberg, a former Trinity Valley School student, and Maeve Solberg established the financial aid award in memory of John’s mother, Barbara Solberg; his father and former trustee, Herbert S. Solberg; and his brother, Christopher Solberg (Class of 1979). The purpose of the Solberg Financial Aid Award is to provide assistance to a current TVS student or a student transferring to TVS from a public school. The student needs to be well-rounded with a focus in the arts or athletics and one who strives to achieve academic excellence.

STAR (Success Through Academic Readiness) Award

The STAR award was established by Janet Carter in 1997 to provide assistance to children who have attended inner-city schools. The award is designed to provide financial assistance to a student in grades five through 12. The student receiving the award must have attended an inner-city school for more than one year.

Charles L. and Ann Pendleton Stephens Award

In 2001, Ann Pendleton Stephens designated Trinity Valley School as the recipient of a gift from her estate. From the gift, the Charles L. and Ann Pendleton Stephens Award has been established as a tribute to the love and devotion Ann and her husband had for the School. Mr. Stephens was involved from the earliest days of the School, and all three of their sons attended in the 60’s and 70’s. Both were active volunteers, with Charles serving as board president in 1971. The purpose of the award is to annually provide tuition assistance to a new or current TVS student.

The Pratibha and Rajendra Tanna Family Financial Aid Award

The Pratibha and Rajendra Tanna Family Financial Aid Award was established by Amar Tanna ’99 and Neel Tanna ’97 in 2014 in honor of their parents Pratibha and Raj Tanna. This award is designed to provide financial aid to a Trinity Valley student who adds to the ethnic diversity of TVS and who exemplifies integrity, compassion, intellectual curiosity, service, leadership, and strength of character.

Christie Thornton Memorial Award

This award was established in memory of Christie, a member of the Class of 1991, and is presented to a member of the graduating class who displays intelligence, independent thought, creativity, and a genuine humanitarian conviction. It is based strictly on merit, and the recipient is selected by a standing committee.

Tindall Family Endowed Fund for Faculty Support and Recognition

The Tindall Family Endowed Fund for Faculty Support and Recognition was established in 2012 by Elizabeth and Scott Tindall in honor of Trinity Valley School’s remarkable educators. Sons Conrad ’12 and Charlie ’14 greatly benefited from the commitment and talent of TVS’s dedicated teachers. This fund provides support for faculty development and enrichment.

Andrew Tran Memorial Award

Drs. Anthony Tran and Mylinh Vu joined with friends to create an award in memory of their son, Andrew Tran. Andrew was an enthusiastic second-grade student at the time of his death in 1997. The award is designed to provide financial assistance to a student enrolled in grades one through four. The recipient should exhibit a love for learning, have a positive attitude and exemplary effort.

TVS Dance Enrichment Endowed Fund

Created in 2014 with an initial gift from Katharine McCallum (Class of 2013) to establish a legacy for TVS Dance. It is McCallum’s intent that others will contribute additional support to assure a focused and lasting impact for generations. This fund will advance and enrich TVS Dance’s vibrant and dynamic programs.

Vashisht Family Teacher Development Fund

Naresh and Neeru Vashisht established this fund with the purpose of providing teacher development for Trinity Valley School. This fund allows teachers to participate in many teacher-training conferences and educational opportunities.

Crystelle Waggoner Financial Aid Award

The Crystelle Waggoner Financial Aid Award was established by the US Trust Department Bank of America, US Trust, on behalf of the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust. The purpose of the Crystelle Waggoner Financial Aid Award is to provide assistance to a Trinity Valley School student meeting the following criteria: the student should exemplify leadership potential, commitment from family, and potential to enrich our school community leadership through diversity. All other things being equal, the recipient would be a female student in Middle School with the hopes of carrying that student through graduation.