Endowed Gifts

Endowment Gifts

Mayfield Senior School’s endowment funds provide long-term resources to support the school—the annual interest income helps underwrite the cost of running the school from year to year and, with smart investment management, the principal grows to secure Mayfield’s future as a school for young women in the Holy Child tradition.

Endowments also help Mayfield to invest in and maintain student programs, faculty development and facilities that “meet the wants of the age,” in the spirit of Cornelia Connelly. Endowments are vital to our ability to offer financial aid to students who would otherwise not be able to attend Mayfield. The Board of Trustees, guided by the expertise of the Finance and Investment Committees, actively manages our endowed funds to protect the original intentions of our donors and ensure healthy growth of the overall assets.

Today, Mayfield Senior School's endowment stands at $5.9 million, which is significantly lower than many comparable independent schools. Together with the Board of Trustees, the Development Department is working to increase our base of endowed gifts in order to sustain the school's economic security.

We are incredibly grateful to those families, individuals and foundations whose firm belief in the unique benefits of a Mayfield education has found expression in an endowed fund or scholarship. By honoring the specific wishes of each endowment donor, we also ensure that Mayfield remains the inclusive, challenging, joyful and faith-filled environment that our foundress, Cornelia Connelly, intended all Holy Child Schools to be.

Endowed Scholarships

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  • 75th Anniversary Scholarship

  • Bannan Family Scholarship

  • Brenda Babich Scholarship

  • David C. Haber Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2002 in memory of former Board of Trustee Chair, David C. Haber. Inspired by the qualities of Dave's life, this scholarship is awarded to a young woman who demonstrates great joy in learning, involvement in school activities and a special commitment to both family and community. This scholarship is awarded every four years.
  • De Pietro Family Scholarship

    Established in 2002 by the De Pietro family, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and has a special interest in math or the sciences. This scholarship is awarded every four years.
  • George H. Mayr Foundation Scholarship

    The Mayr Foundation established an endowment fund and additionally provides annual support to fund scholarships in memory of George H. Mayr. The Foundation stipulates that recipients be permanent residents of the State of California and "deserving, needy and worthy" of the scholarship. This scholarship is supported by annual donations from the Foundation and the special endowment fund that was established in 1996.
  • Jackie Koo Scholarship

    Established in 1994 by the Koo family, this endowed fund provides scholarship support to students who demonstrate academic promise.
  • Maureen Mary Shea Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1985 to honor the memory of Maureen Shea, who lost her life at the beginning of her senior year. This merit scholarship is granted annually to a member of the junior class who best exemplifies those qualities which made Maureen a valued member of the Mayfield community: involvement in student activities; participation in athletics; demonstration of responsible leadership; commitment to friends and family; and putting forth one’s best effort in meeting academic and personal challenges.
  • Mayr-Donald T. Leahy Scholarship

  • Niven Family Scholarship

  • Pike Family Scholarship

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Pike established this scholarship in 1991. This endowed fund provides scholarship support to students who demonstrate academic promise.
  • Sr. Mary Wilfrid Scholarship

    This endowed scholarship was established in July 1991 to honor Sr. Mary Wilfrid's 45 years of service to Mayfield. While at Mayfield Senior School, Sr. Wilfrid served the school as Prefect, Alumnae Advisor, Director of Admissions, Historian and ardent fan of the school's competitive athletic program. This scholarship recognizes an outstanding scholar with special talents and gifts. The amount of the award is $1,000.
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Scholarship

    A gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation to the Mayfield Senior School Scholarship Endowment allows the school to award financial assistance to a student(s) based on academic achievement and financial need.

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  • Q: Why do we need to continue building our endowment?

    Building Mayfield’s endowment strengthens our financial foundation for the future. The Board of Trustees is working to ensure our endowment level becomes competitive with the endowments of our peer institutions. A larger endowment would reduce Mayfield’s reliance on tuition income and relieve the financial pressure on families. Our current endowment income transfer is around $280,000 per year, which represents 3.8 percent of our operating budget. To have a significant impact on tuition fees, the annual endowment transfer should be closer to 10 percent of our operating budget of $7.3 million. This challenges us to increase our endowment to more than $15 million.
  • Q: What kind of endowments can be established? 

    An endowment is your own personalized legacy for Mayfield. Use your imagination! You can customize your donation to support ongoing opportunities for young women in a certain subject area, a particular ethnicity, or a specific program. An endowment will always honor the specific intentions of the donor.
  • Q: How do I establish an endowed fund?

    Tax-deductible endowment gifts can be made as a one-time gift of cash or stock, through a pledge to complete funding over several years, through an ongoing annual commitment, or through planned gifts and bequests. For more information, please contact Director of Development Angela Howell ’76 at (626) 204-1006.

Types of Endowments

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  • Scholarship Endowments

    Write the terms of your own named scholarship. For example, you can specify that your endowment be restricted to support students who qualify for need-based financial aid or you can focus your scholarship on a specific academic subject area. 
  • Honor and Memorial Endowments

    Establish a memorial gift for a beloved family member or special friend as a permanent legacy. Or, start an endowment to honor a living family member, friend, teacher or student. The Board of Trustees has also established special funds to memorialize milestones in our Mayfield history, such as the Golden Jubilee Endowment and the 75th Anniversary Endowment. 
  • Student Program Endowments

    Ensure the sustainability of programs near and dear to your own heart. You can elect to support one of our established programs like Campus Ministry, Conservatory for the Arts or our Cubs athletics teams. Or, direct your support to a certain academic area or a particular element of student life, such as assemblies and guest speakers, immersion travel programs or student exchanges. You can even be a driving force in funding and developing a new area of study at Mayfield, such as digital media production or alternative energy research. 
  • Faculty Endowments

    Help Mayfield to continue to offer competitive faculty compensation and benefits packages, contribute to our professional development programs or provide general support for faculty support and retention. 

Other Endowments

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  • Photo of Lela Diaz

    Lela Diaz 

    Director of Development
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 428
  • Photo of Angela Howell

    Angela Howell 76

    Associate Head of School for Strategic Initiatives
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 223
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.