Once in a lifetime, Kents Hill has the opportunity to celebrate a huge milestone - its Bicentennial! This is our chance to remember the School’s rich history and the impact of those who once walked its halls as young people aspiring to a life steeped in the core values upon which our School was built. If only Luther Sampson and Elihu Robinson could see the magnificent institution their dream has become. For nearly 200 years, thousands of young people have had transformational experiences here and it is our responsibility to see that their vision is continued into the next century.
Imagined by a group of alumni years ago whose life-long support for Kents Hill brought this idea to fruition, the Alumni Scholarship Fund is the endowment scholarship by which all others are measured. It is not only the largest of Kents Hill School's pool of funds, but it has been supported by more people than any other. It is truly the result of alumni, from all generations, coming together to ensure opportunities for deserving students now and for decades and centuries to come.
Will you join us in our goal to build the endowment from its current level of $25 million to $40 million by 2024? We can accomplish this through bequests and other charitable estate planning commitments.
We are all grateful for the enthusiasm of alumni like Hans "Whitey" Ohlin '40, Fred "Moose" Nedvins '39, Bob Irving '40 and fellow alumnus, and former member of the Kents Hill Advancement Office, William H. Dunham '59. By making personal contributions and planned estate bequests and annuities, these individuals got the ball rolling and inspired others to contribute to what has become a significant part of Kents Hill's Endowment.
Now we must continue to build on Whitey's, Moose's, Bob's, and Bill's dream. Many alumni have taken the important step of including Kents Hill in their estate plans. Either by a simple percentage bequest, the establishment of an annuity which provides the donor or loved one with income for life, a donation of an IRA or by creating a trust that will be shared with our School, your pledge today will help grow this fund.
Growing the endowment is vital as Kents Hill continues to build its enrollment and support the nearly 50 percent of our students who cannot afford to attend the School at the full cost. Bequests to the Alumni Scholarship Fund are the best way to ensure the principal continues to grow for many years to come.
For more information on including Kents Hill in your estate plans, please contact Matthew R. Crane '90 at 207-685-1649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.