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Endowment Program

With a strong endowment, Convent & Stuart Hall is able to invest significantly in the people, programs and place that informs a Sacred Heart education. Endowed funds create possibilities today and provide a revenue source to the school in perpetuity. These gifts activate new curricular programming, contribute to the financial assistance and professional development budgets, and honor people from the community who have had a profound impact.

Because the endowment improves the educational experience of students today and tomorrow, our gratitude is endless for the donors who contribute to these funds and generously initiate new ones. 

Please scroll down to learn more about individual endowed funds.

President Ann Marie Krejcarek provides an overview of the school's Endowment Program, why it is important and how it helps ensure that students and faculty are able to thrive.

Endowment Fund Descriptions

Tax ID: Schools of the Sacred Heart: 94-1156671
For more information, including naming opportunities, please contact Sarah Leffert at or 415-345-5802

Celebrate Spring Endowment Fund for Faculty & Staff Salaries

The Endowment for Faculty & Staff Salaries supports the competitive and fair compensation of Convent & Stuart Hall employees.

Established: 2022

Stuart Hall High School Scholarship Fund

The Stuart Hall High School Scholarship provides tuition assistance to a Stuart Hall High School student.

Established: 2022

Endowed Fund to Support First Generation College Search

This endowed fund supports low-income students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Earnings are directed towards expenses associated with the college search and application process and broader experiences that support college admission and the K-12 experience.

Established: 2022

Spaht Family Endowed Fund to Support School Spirit

Inspired by the school's growing culture of K–12 spirit and with a desire to strengthen it further, this endowed fund nurtures and sustains initiatives that promote spirit and unity at Convent & Stuart Hall. Funds support pep rallies, fan transportation to big games, school plays and art shows, and beginning and end-of-year festivities.

Established: 2021

Sacks Endowment for the Arts at Convent Elementary

The Sacks Fund supports the Artist-in-Residence Program which brings gifted artists to Convent to work with second grade girls, culminating in theatrical performances for students’ peers and families.

Established: 2020

Global Exchange Program Fund

This endowed fund supports and expands the global exchange program at Convent & Stuart Hall, serving to both increase the number and quality of exchange experiences, and to actualize the benefit of a more robust international exchange program.

​Established: 2020

The President's Scientific Inquiry Fund

An endowed fund established by the Roberts and Da Silva family in honor of Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek.

​Established: 2020

Chandrashekhar L. Pradhan Endowed Fund for Science

This fund helps finance projects and programs that support authentic scientific inquiry into real world applications.

​Established: 2019

Trustees 2020 Endowed Fund

This fund was established and funded by the Board of Trustees overseeing and executing the Looking Ahead with 2020 Vision strategic plan. Earnings may be directed toward ongoing expenses such as financial assistance and general support of faculty and staff with regards to salaries and awards for exceptional work.

​Established: 2019

Endowed Fund for Computer Science

In 2018 an endowed fund was created to honor the Computer Science program and its integration with the humanities. The gift to establish the fund was made to honor longtime Convent & Stuart Hall faculty member Doug Grant.

Established: 2017

Elvera Fusco Endowment Fund

Elvera Fusco Endowment Fund provides continuing support for faculty salaries and benefits. To recognize Ellie's lifetime commitment to education and excellence in teaching, the fund also established three new annual employee awards named for Elvera (Ellie), her sister Mildred (Millie) and her brother Lorenzo (Larry).

Established: 2015

Hudson Gibson Fund

The Hudson Gibson Fund for the Artist-in-Residence Program brings gifted artists to Stuart Hall to work with second grade boys, culminating in theatrical performances for students’ peers and families.

Established: 2014

The Spaht Family Writing Fund

This writing fund supports initiatives to enhance the creative and expository writing program at Convent Elementary, and to sponsor an annual award for writing accomplishments.

Established: 2015

Mary Mardel, RSCJ Endowment Fund

In honor of the dedication of the chapel in the Flood Mansion being named for Mary Mardel, RSCJ, a fund was established to provide chapel upkeep and mission-inspired activities.

Established: 2014

Sr. Ellen Hoffman Scholarship

The Sr. Ellen Hoffman Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to honor the 60th Anniversary Jubilee of Sr. Hoffman’s Final Profession. It is awarded to a Convent Elementary student in need of financial assistance.

Established: 2003

Miriam Gray and Ann Miller Scholarship

The Miriam Gray '29'25 and Ann Gray Miller '62'58 Scholarship was established by Russell Miller and is awarded to a current student who is the daughter or granddaughter of a Convent High School alumna.

Established: 2000

Sr. Ann Conroy Award

The Sister Ann Conroy Award for Faculty Excellence, named in honor of the Religious of the Sacred Heart who served as Director of Schools (1984–1994), is given to a high school faculty or Central Services member working to achieve excellence in everything they do.

Established: 2013

Continuing Faculty Excellence

The Continuing Faculty Excellence Endowment fund honors and acknowledges the dedication of Convent & Stuart Hall faculty.

Established: 2008

Niehaus Family President's Award

The Niehaus Family President’s Excellence Award is given annually to an employee who shows exemplary excellence in educating our students and community, as chosen by the President of Schools.

Established: 2013

Mary Lee Casey Fund

The Mary Lee Casey Fund for Innovative Education provides opportunities for Convent & Stuart Hall teachers to attend course-related seminars and workshops.

Established: 1975

Edward E. Ford Fund

The Edward E. Ford Professional Development Fund allows Convent High School faculty to attend workshops, seminars and career conferences to further enhance their teaching.

Established: 1994

Sr. Mary Mardel Fund for Elementary Faculty Excellence

The Sr. Mary Mardel Fund for Elementary Faculty Excellence provides income for elementary faculty to attend programs that will enhance their teaching. Each year, faculty apply for the award, and it is presented during the annual President's New Year assembly.

Established: 1987

Elementary School Professional Development Fund

The Elementary School Professional Development Fund provides continuing education and support for the elementary faculty.

Established: 2009

Eugene and Alma Mahan Fund

The Eugene and Alma Mahan Fund for the Advancement of Convent High School Faculty Excellence enables faculty to attend educational programs, teacher workshops and special interest meetings.

Established: 1976

Mark Ross Fund

Mark Ross Professional Development Fund, in memory of Mark Ross by Stuart Hall High School past parents Annag R. Chandler and Victor Vitlin, provides continuing education for faculty.

Established: 2004

General Endowment Fund

The General Endowment Fund was established by the Board of Trustees to ensure quality education at Convent & Stuart Hall. This fund grows through gifts from supporters, through various special events and through honorary and memorial gifts.

Established: 1969

Salary Endowment Fund

The Salary Endowment Fund was created by the Board of Trustees, who are committed to maintaining faculty and staff salaries in the top quartile of Bay Area benchmark schools.

Established: 1989

Hearst Fund for Financial Assistance

The Hearst Endowment Fund for Financial Assistance was funded through “seed” grants from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. This important fund serves as the foundation for our financial assistance program.

Established: 1983

Christian de Guigne Fund

The Christian de Guigne Memorial Fund transferred from San Francisco College for Women at Lone Mountain when the college closed in 1980. This fund provides support for religious studies at the school.

Established: 1980

Gordon Family Head's Fund

The Gordon Family Head’s Fund is for the discretionary use of Stuart Hall for Boys’ head of school for special projects that are unbudgeted during the course of the year.

Established: 1999

Sr. Ellen Hoffman Library Fund

The Sister Ellen Hoffman Endowment Fund provides for the continued purchase of library materials to serve both elementary divisions.

Established: 1976

Syufy Family Endowment Fund

The Syufy Family Endowment Fund was established by Marcia Syufy, a grandparent, past parent and former trustee, to provide broad support and develop the endowment.

​Established: 2008

Esther Rossi Award

The Esther Rossi Award is given annually to an employee who is elected by his or her peers as an outstanding member of the community.

Established: 1989

Mother Williams Library Fund

The Mother Louise Williams Library Fund provides continuing support for Convent High School’s library through the acquisition of books and audiovisual equipment, as well as through developing our Archive and Technology Resource Programs.

Established: 1979

Condon Endowment for High School Scholarship

The Josephine D. Condon Endowment for High School Scholarships is given to young women who share a concern for others and who demonstrate their desire to become involved in the wider community.

Established: 1977

Bill Auchincloss Memorial Award

The Bill Stuart Auchincloss Memorial Award is given annually in memory of Bill Auchincloss SHB’75. The award is presented to the eighth grade boy who best combines joy and responsibility with a zest for life.

Established: 1991

Sr. Helen Carroll Scholarship

The Sr. Helen Carroll Scholarship for Stuart Hall was established in honor of the first headmistress of Stuart Hall for Boys. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is chosen for his Christian leadership qualities.

Established: 1972

Reverend Mother Deming Grant

The Broadway Alumnae Endowed Grant honoring Reverend Mother Deming provides scholarships for daughters and granddaughters of alumnae who wish to attend Convent High School.

Established: 1982

Founders/Cowell Scholarship

The Founders/Cowell Scholarship was established by the S.H. Cowell Foundation and is awarded annually to a young woman who achieves one of the top 10 places on the high school entrance examination and who is in need of financial assistance.

​Established: 1978

Virgina Laib Conway'32 Scholarship

The Virginia Laib Conway '32 Endowed Scholarship was established by the 12 Conway children who attended Convent & Stuart Hall. This fund benefits any academically qualified student in financial need.

Established: 1999

Summer School Scholars

The Marcia and Richard Grand Endowed Summer School Scholarship assists families whose children attend summer school and are in need of financial assistance.

Established: 1995

Susan Chaban Memorial Scholarship

Susan Chaban Memorial Scholarship was established by the faculty and staff of Stuart Hall for Boys in memory of the former school secretary. The recipient demonstrates an open and welcoming attitude toward his classmates and adults as well as an enthusiastic spirit consistent with the philosophy of Schools of the Sacred Heart.

Established: 1987

Leo Hogan Scholarship

The Leo Hogan Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees to honor the former Head of Convent High School.

Established: 1992

Sophia Kent McNeil Scholarship

The Sophia Kent McNeil Endowment Scholarship Fund is awarded to an artistically promising student.

Established: 1983

Sr. Mary Mardel Scholarship Fund

The Sr. Mary Mardel Scholarship Fund was established by Sen. Dianne Feinstein ’51 to honor Sr. Mardel and her dedication and commitment to the students of Convent of the Sacred Heart. This scholarship benefits Convent High School students who attended the elementary school.

Established: 2010

Edith MacLeay Grant Scholarship

The Edith MacLeay Grant Scholarship was established by Josephine Grant McCreery in memory of her mother and awarded to a student of Convent Elementary. The former Grant home is now the location of the elementary school.

Established: 1973

Russell Miller Endowed Scholarship

The Russell R. Miller Endowed Scholarship was established by Mr. Miller, Stuart Hall for Boys alumnus and former dean of students, for deserving Stuart Hall students.

Established: 2000

Olga Rossi & Aimee Rossi Scholarship

The Sisters Olga 1911 & Aimee 1909 Rossi Scholarship was established by the Rossi Family to provide assistance to Convent High School students who exemplify Sacred Heart spirit.

Established: 1983

Celeste O'Donnell Scholarship

The Celeste O’Donnell Endowed Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees and awarded for academic merit to Convent Elementary students in need of financial assistance to honor Ms. O’Donnell, former head of Convent Elementary.

Established: 1996

Stuart Hall High School Founding Class Fund

The Stuart Hall High School Founding Class Scholarship Fund was established in honor of the first high school class with the expectation that each graduating class would contribute to the fund.

Established: 2004

Oliva Scholarship

The Oliva Scholarship was established by a parent of three Convent & Stuart Hall alumni with an expressed hope that the recipients, in the spirit of scholarship, will become future contributors to this fund and thereby help other fine students receive a Sacred Heart education.

Established: 1989

Dr. Mary Smith Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Mary Magnano Smith Scholarship Fund was created by the Board of Trustees in honor of Dr. Smith, Director of Schools from 1994–2000. Dr. Smith and the Board founded Stuart Hall High School so that young men could enjoy the same excellent Sacred Heart secondary education that has been offered to young women since 1887.

Established: 2000

Gordon Sharafinski Scholarship

The Gordon Sharafinski Scholarship was established in 2011 by an anonymous donor to honor the former Director of Schools and founding Head of Stuart Hall High School, who has educated young men in the Sacred Heart tradition inspiring leadership, scholarship and integrity. The funds provide the opportunity for a deserving student(s) to receive recognition for his accomplishments at Stuart Hall High School.

Established: 2011

Ross Scholarship for Incoming Students

The Ross Scholarship for Incoming Students was established by Gary Ross, a Sacred Heart New York parent, to assist families transitioning from public schools in the middle form to private school.

Established: 1997

Anne Watcher, RSCJ Scholarship

The Anne Wachter, RSCJ Scholarship was established by Michelle Growney Syufy ’84 and Joseph Syufy SHB’79 to honor the former Head of Convent Elementary, who has been a pillar of support to members of our community in times of crises. The funds are designated for K–8 students at Convent for whom there is a financial need as the result of a particularly challenging family situation or extenuating circumstances.

Established: 2012

Thornton Scholarship

The Thornton Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Robert Thornton, a distinguished African-American college physics professor and a valued friend and advisor to Convent & Stuart Hall. This fund assists qualified minority students.

Established: 1982

Merrill Scholarship

The Merrill Scholarship is awarded to minority students of the Roman Catholic faith.

Established: 1977

Elena Rossi Long '42 '38 Scholarship

The Elena Rossi Long ’42 Scholarship was established to honor the schools’ first development director.

Established: 1984

Endowment in Support of Facilities

In 2017, the Board of Trustees designated 20 percent of all named-space gifts to support ongoing building needs and upkeep.

Established: 2017