Fund-A-Scholar IDEALS Program
Fund-A-Scholar IDEALS, formerly known as the Auction to Benefit the Financial Aid Program, is the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School annual fundraising campaign that engages the time, talent and treasure of our community in building a socio-economically diverse student body. IDEALS is an acronym that represents the core tenets of St. Patrick’s mission – Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Agency, Learning, and Scholarship
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of the Financial Aid budget is raised through our annual Auction to Benefit Financial Aid, supporting a socioeconomically diverse student body.
The St. Patrick’s community tuned in on Saturday, March 6, 2021 for the first ever virtual Fund-A-Scholar IDEALS Variety Show and Auction. The Fund-A-Scholar IDEALS Variety Show and Auction: Behind the Mask was everything that Co-Chairs Margret Nedelkoff (Pia ‘26) and Vee Solomon (Wesley ‘20, Christopher ‘22) imagined it could be: A celebration of St. Patrick’s mission and our values of Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Agency, and Learning; an opportunity for community members to showcase their talents, or just make us laugh; lively and profitable Silent and Live Auctions; and an inspirational Fund-A-Scholar virtual paddle-raise. Margret and Vee were dauntless in the face of a global pandemic. We, Wolfhounds, have a terrific sense of humor, and our generous hearts are definitely in the right place.
Thank you all for your fabulous support! We are thrilled to announce that the Fund-A-Scholar IDEALS Auction grossed more than $680,000 in total to support socioeconomic diversity at the Day School, including more than $350,000 in Fund-A-Scholar gifts. These resources, in turn, support one in four of our students and help fund educational opportunities that otherwise might be unavailable to these students.
Our deep gratitude goes out to Margret and Vee for their imagination and creativity in developing a virtual event that captured the essence of St. Patrick's, and the talented leaders from across the Day School community that they assembled to help them bring their vision to life. More than 100 volunteers on the IDEALS team contributed their time, talent, and treasure to make this a great COVID-19-safe evening, which did not feel socially distanced at all!