At Georgetown Preparatory School we are constantly investing in Ignatian values that inspire our young men to become men of good faith and men in service for and with others. These values are more than just words written on the walls; everything about Prep–our facilities, our program, and our community–are reflections of these values and ideals that bind us.
The Prep community’s support for the For the Greater Glory campaign demonstrated a commitment to the School, its values, and its lasting impact on Prep graduates. The generosity of our donors has been extraordinary, providing for this project to become a reality that will ensure the great legacy of excellence in education and forming men for and with others who will make a difference in the world.
Our For the Greater Glory campaign formally began in 2019; however, the project was initiated by a generous donor several years before, who wanted to ensure that Georgetown Prep’s residential program had a first-rate boarding facility. The residential program at Prep has been the core of our diverse, culturally-rich community since 1789, and benefits all of our students and our overall educational program.
Prep’s original boarding facilities, Boland Hall and the later addition of Gunlocke Hall have aged and have been lacking in providing the comforts of home and supporting the needs of our students’ personal care. Through the generosity and gifts from our donors to improve the quality of the residential program, support our residential students, and help Prep remain competitive as a boarding school, Georgetown Prep turned the page on a new and exciting chapter in the School’s long history in Garrett Park and built the new Campus Center and Residence Hall.
The project to build the Campus Center and Residence Hall was the catalyst to expand this campaign project, in developing other areas of campus and in focusing on securing access to Prep for future generations.
Our For the Greater Glory campaign also served to enhance Prep’s Athletics Facilities. The building project grew to encompass the adjacent stadium structure with team facilities and a new turf field (Historic Fegan-Galvin Field) serving Prep’s football and lacrosse programs. The stadium structure is dedicated to William V. Bidwill ’49, as a gift from the Bidwill family. Additionally, Prep built a new track and soccer bowl at the North Fields, enriching the overall athletics program and community experience on campus.
Additionally, For the Greater Glory campaign has helped grow Georgetown Prep’s Endowment, an investment in Prep that allows the School to sustain excellence in teaching and learning while bending the cost curve. A strong Endowment helps Prep maintain accessibility and affordability for deserving young men who will enrich the Prep community for generations to come. Accessibility to Prep is the truest reflection of our commitment to Ignatian values.
As we reflect back on the historic journey of the For the Greater Glory campaign, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the profound generosity of our community and the incredible dedication from our leadership in our Campaign Chairs, Board of Trustees and Committees, lead volunteers, and the Administration. I am thrilled to report the final dollars raised for this campaign: in all, over 5,000 donors contributed gifts and pledges in excess of $72 million.
Alumni, parents, alumni parents, and friends of Prep from across the globe helped underwrite the creation of our terrific new Campus Center and Residence Hall, the William V. Bidwill ’49 Stadium, the renovation of Historic Fegan-Galvin Field, the creation of the Soccer Bowl with the new Dugan Track, and the growth of Prep’s Endowment these past five years. I am particularly grateful to the anonymous benefactor who, with his $20 million gift, kick-started this whole undertaking. Through your incredible efforts and loyalty through a global pandemic, you have each fundamentally reshaped the experience of Prep for every young man, both resident and day student, who will grace this campus for the next century, and have helped every family who wants a son to attend Prep to achieve that goal. You have been here for and with them – for and with all of us – and on their behalf, and on behalf of Georgetown Prep I thank you heartily.
Our legacy campaign for Georgetown Prep now allows us not merely to continue the great educational and formation programs you or your son experienced as a young man; it will help us to continue the great legacy of forming men for and with others, men who will make a difference across our nation and indeed the globe, and men who, in the words of Ignatius to his best friend, Francis Xavier, as he sent him on the Society of Jesus’s first mission, will “set the world on fire.”
Rev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J.
Today, Georgetown Prep has a world-class boarding facility, recommitting Prep to fulfilling its mission and distinguishing its unique position in the secondary education market. The Campus Center and Residence Hall is the most significant investment Prep has made in its global Jesuit residential program in over 100 years. Features of the new Campus Center and Residence Hall:
In the new “heart” of campus you will find the Scaturro Family Plaza situated between the George Learning Center, the William V. Bidwill ’49 Stadium at Historic Fegan-Galvin Field and the new Campus Center and Residence Hall. This patio is abuzz with activity during athletic events at the Stadium and is used for Prep community gatherings, including the annual Georgetown Prep Father’s Social.
Prep donors were given the rare opportunity to leave their mark on campus by engraving a brick to be installed in the Scaturro Family Plaza patio. Our community responded generously. Nearly 650 bricks were sold for a total raised over $438,500 for the Capital Campaign. With the help of Parent Campaign Co-Chairs Dave and Tina Burns and Michael and Elise Keegan, Prep far surpassed the set goal for the Engraved Bricks Campaign.
This creation of a new stadium and athletics facilities was a fortunate outcome of the building project. The previously dedicated turf field, Fegan-Galvin Field, had to be moved to accommodate the placement of the new building, allowing for the School to properly outfit a stadium facility to serve athletic programing for the next century. Adjacent to the Campus Center & Residence Hall, this first-class stadium and field serve to enhance the overall athletic experience and build community among fans and visitors. Additionally, a new track and soccer bowl stand on the North Fields. Features of The William V. Bidwill ’49 Stadium at the historic Fegan-Galvin Field:
This game day Plaza is a special patio area outside the Campus Center & Residence Hall overlooking the field, to recognize and honor Georgetown Prep Director of Athletics and Head Varsity Football Dan Paro ’79 and his family’s unending commitment and sacrifices that they have made to benefit all of us in the Prep community. This Plaza will serve as a place for students, parents, alumni, and guests to gather to celebrate Prep brotherhood and community.
The new lacrosse practice wall, measuring 60′ long and 15′ high, enhances the physical space of the turf field as well as the overall lacrosse program that Prep has to offer. The practice wall is named “The Giblin” in honor of Kevin Giblin, Head Coach of Georgetown Prep Varsity Lacrosse from 1988-2014. Coach Giblin was committed to his players at Prep and was a masterful teacher of the game. He has served as an educator in Catholic schools for over 30 years, an example of a “Man for Others.” We are grateful for his service.
Over 230 years ago Georgetown Preparatory School was founded to nurture extraordinary young men to excel in academics, athletics, service to others, and spirituality. The aim then was to build a top-tier prep school as the foundation for college and beyond. Our founders and those that followed succeeded. Our challenge continues to ensure that Prep remains a world-class school. A substantial and active Endowment is the bedrock for achieving and sustaining this goal; it is how we advance our principal purpose of forming Men For Others.
The following newly named endowed funds established by donors during the campaign period of July 2016 through December 2022 will provide an enduring reminder of For the Greater Glory Campaign’s impact. Income from these vital new sources will enhance all aspects of school life.
In 2019, a grant to the endowment was made by The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation to benefit Washington Jesuit Academy students, a District of Columbia school serving boys from low income communities in grades four through eight.
Established in 2021 by Shervin Pishevar, the Fund will be used for financial aid to support a student or students who best reflect the way Abraham Pishevar ’14 lived his life. Pishevar Scholars will be exemplars of Georgetown Prep men demonstrating true leadership, fellowship, integrity and love for life. Pishevar Scholars will be living examples of the motto “Men for and with Others” for serving their communities, friends and family. To that effect, special consideration will be given to those applicants who display courage, determination and steadfast leadership, particularly in the face of obstacles.
Established in 2018 by Greg ’73 and Cynthia Abell in memory of Greg’s brother, Tony ’63, this scholarship is intended to defray tuition expenses and supplement the existing Abell Scholarship Fund which is to be “awarded to a student who is a minority Catholic and has some special talent, such as visual or performing arts, athletics, speaking ability, etc.”
Established in 2018, this scholarship is intended for students from nation-wide Jesuit middle schools who want to attend Prep.
Established in honor of their 50th Reunion in 2017, the Class of 1967 raised funds for Prep’s endowment.
Established in December 2018 in honor of the Class of 1968 50th Reunion, and to honor the memory of Gregory Gannon ’68 who embodied the ideals of leadership, integrity, competence, conscience, commitment and compassion; a true Man for Others. The award recipient, a rising senior, must have both a demonstrated commitment to Christian service as exemplified by Gregory Gannon and a financial need. The award will be given in the form of tuition assistance and be announced during the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Convocation annually.
Established in 2019 in honor of the Class of 1969 50th Reunion, the Class of 1969 joined their brothers in the Class of 1968 and contributed to the Greg Gannon Christian Service Award. Created to honor the memory of Gregory Gannon ’68 who embodied the ideals of leadership, integrity, competence, conscience, commitment and compassion; a true Man for Others. The award recipient, a rising senior, must have both a demonstrated commitment to Christian service as exemplified by Gregory Gannon and a financial need. The award will be given in the form of tuition assistance and be announced during the Mass of the Holy Spirit and Convocation annually. Originally established in December 2019 in honor of the Class of 1969 50th Reunion.
Established in 2018 and in honor of the Class of 1970 50th Reunion, this scholarship supports the Washington Jesuit Academy students and other like schools
In honor of their 50th Reunion in 2019, The Class of 1971 raised funds for the endowment for financial aid.
In honor of their 50th Reunion in 2022, The Class of 1972 funded this scholarship for deserving individuals admitted to PREP.
In honor of their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1973 created the scholarship to help defray the cost of attendance and boarding at Georgetown Prep for one or more graduates of the Washington Jesuit Academy, a District of Columbia school serving boys from low-income communities in grades four through eight.
Established in 2019 by Stephen Bujno ’78, this scholarship is unrestricted and was given in honor of the Class of 1978.
Established in 2020 by Paul ’86 and Beth Colonna, this gift will be awarded to a Science Faculty Chair with a STEM focus and will be unrestricted in nature.
Established in 2022 by Nick ’90 and Avery Vita, this endowment is for the Lacrosse Coach and is unrestricted.
Established in 2018 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Flanagan and family, this scholarship is unrestricted.
Established in conjunction with the 2019 Gala in memory Gary Daum, who taught at Prep for 40 years, the scholarship will be presented annually to a deserving Georgetown Prep student. In addition to academic achievement, this candidate must demonstrate commitment to and engagement in the fine arts and who might not be able to attend Georgetown Prep for lack of means.
Established in 2021 by James and Lisa Hunt P’17, ’15, this scholarship is unrestricted.
Established in 2019 by Georgetown Prep, this scholarship is in memory of Jeffrey L. Jones, Prep’s Headmaster and President whose leadership impacted so many students, parents and faculty.
Established in 2022 by Michael and Marialuise (Schatzie) Collins, a beloved German teacher who taught at PREP for 39 years, this scholarship will be awarded to children of active duty or retired Military or First Responders. First Responders should include Police, Fire and Emergency personnel.
Established in 2019 by Mark ’77 and Linda Brown and family, this scholarship is unrestricted.
Established in 2017 by The Michael M. Boland, Sr. ’80 Family, this Fund is used for financial aid to support a student or students who best reflect the way Michael M. Boland ’12 lived his life. Boland Scholars will be true exemplars of Georgetown Prep men demonstrating true leadership, fellowship, integrity and love for life. Boland Scholars will be living examples of the motto “men for others,” serving their communities, friends and family, both on the field and off. To that effect, special consideration will be given to those applicants who display courage, determination and steadfast leadership, particularly in the face of obstacles. To see the full list of donors to this fund, click here.
Established in 2019 by George and Rosina Aguiar, Jr. P’20 ’25, this scholarship is intended for a student who is of Latino/Hispanic ethnicity in need of financial aid. Blessed Miguel Pro was a Mexican Jesuit Catholic priest executed under the presidency of Plutarco Elias Calles.
Established in 2019 by Peter ’77 and Gail Plamondon and family, this scholarship is unrestricted.
Established in 2019 by Mike ’94 and Katie Barry, in honor of Mike’s father, Robert C. Barry, a long-standing faculty member at Prep, this scholarship is unrestricted.
Established in 2021 by Rory ’78 and his wife, Nancy P’05, this scholarship is intended for those students with a demonstrated need for financial aid.
Established in November 2021, this scholarship was created to honor the memory of Ruy S. Portugal, a member of the Georgetown Prep Class of 1949, who embodied the ideals of leadership, integrity, competence, conscience, commitment and compassion; a true Man for Others. He modeled his life after the Jesuit value and traditions. Georgetown Preparatory School’s mission “To Fit Him to Take His Place in the World as an Educated Catholic Gentlemen” framed Ruy’s success in life. It instilled in him the value of education and giving back. He aspired to provide young people equitable access to education. The initial gift to the Ruy S. Portugal ’49 Endowed Scholarship Fund was made by the Ruy S. Portugal Family Trust. This endowed scholarship will support a financial aid award given to a student who embodies the ideals of Ruy with preference to students who have a strong commitment to community service.
Established in 2021 by Robert Hughes, Tim Hughes ’90, Brendan Hughes ’95, Bridget Hughes, and their spouses, as well as friends of the family, this scholarship was created to assist one student each year to attend Georgetown Prep. The ideal candidate would come from a military or a former military family, with a preference for an active duty military family. This scholarship will better enable a military family to choose to send their son to Georgetown Prep.
This scholarship was established in honor of Sandy Hughes, an award-winning educator, who taught kindergarten at the St. Jane de Chantal Catholic grade school in Bethesda for more than 25 years. She was the devoted mother of two sons who graduated from Georgetown Prep and Georgetown University, and a daughter who attended Villanova University and became the mother of five. Sandy was also a military spouse, supporting her husband’s three-decade long career in the United States Air Force. Sandy’s life’s work, as a wife, mother, and teacher, reflected the very best of the Jesuit ideal – a woman for others. Sandy credited Prep with engaging her sons deeply in the Catholic faith, in Jesuit ideals, in a love of learning, in an abiding focus on family, friendships and community, and in caring deeply for others. Sandy passed from this world to the next on September 8, 2018.
† = deceased