Endowed Funds

SEM’s endowed funds provide essential support to our operating budget and have meaningful impact in scholarships, faculty development and our program offerings. If you would like to direct your gift to endowment, you can designate it to our general endowment or any of these funds.

If you’d like to learn more about establishing a new fund, please contact Susan Beich, Development Operations Manager at (716) 885-6780 ext. 205.

The funds below are listed in chronological order of establishment.

Named Funds in Support of Scholarships

BUFFALO SEMINARY ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION (1924)

Originally established as the Graduates Association of Buffalo Seminary Scholarship Fund, this scholarship currently offers a one-year partial scholarship annually to an incoming or current student who is maternally related to a SEM alumna.

L. GERTRUDE ANGELL COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1930)

Bequeathed to the Buffalo Seminary in Miss L. Gertrude Angell’s Last Will and Testament to provide a scholarship for a term of four years, provided academic qualifications are maintained.

ALMA WHITE 1894 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (1968)

Established to provide a full tuition scholarship throughout a student’s four years at SEM.

Deborah Dann Reed ‘72 Scholarship (1973)

Established by Deborah’s family and friends to provide scholarship funding to a student possessing potential for creative and imaginative work in the field of visual art.

Judy McDade ‘77 Memorial Scholarship (1981)

Established by Judy’s family and friends as a permanent endowment, with the proceeds to be used for scholarship purposes.

Doris Dunbar Dugan 1906 Scholarship (1984)

Established as a four-year scholarship giving preference to minority students.

Emerson Family Scholarship (1989)

Established with the intent to provide a full tuition, four-year scholarship.

Brock Scholarship (1994)

Established by the Brock family, this one-year, need-based scholarship was created to encourage admission for an incoming freshman or other grade-level student. While preference is given to relatives of alumnae, the scholarship may be awarded to a new student who does not have familial ties to the school.

BETSY STOVROFF CORRIN ‘60 SCHOLARSHIP (1999)

Established to provide scholarships for residents of the City of Buffalo.

THE GRACIA GRIEB WHITRIDGE ‘25 SCHOLARSHIP (1999)

Established to support funding for scholarships.

Carol Coatsworth Faust ‘40 Scholarship Fund (2000)

Established by the Faust family to provide scholarship support for a girl’s four years at SEM, this need-based scholarship is awarded to a minority student possessing academic achievement or potential.

Niswander Family Scholarship (2000)

Established by generations of the Niswander Family, this fund supports scholarships for students in need.

Elisabeth C. Phillips 1922 Scholarship (2002)

Established by bequest as a partial tuition scholarship.

JEAN WRIGHT HUDSON ‘51 AWARD (2007)

Established by Lydie Arthos and Joseph L. Hudson IV as an endowed fund in honor of his mother, Jean Wright Hudson ‘51. The award is presented to a sophomore who embodies citizenship and virtue after the completion of her first two years at SEM.

Sofia Grace Hoover and Claire E. Martoche '91 memorial Scholarship (2008)

Awarded to an incoming freshman who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics and extracurricular activities. This scholarship honors the memory of Sofia Grace Hoover, daughter of Hon. Amy C. Martoche ‘88 and her husband Timothy W. Hoover, Esq., and the memory of Claire E. Martoche ‘91, daughter of Hon. Salvatore R. and Mrs. Mary Dee Martoche. This award supports the recipient’s education and growth while encouraging her to make her own unique contribution to Buffalo Seminary.

Charlotte Cunneen-Hackett 1907 Scholarship (2009)

Established to provide financial support for a day student scholar at SEM.

Nancy Jean Goodwin Calhoun ‘54 Scholarship Fund (2013)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Helen Dent Lenahan ‘45 Scholarship Fund (2013)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Catherine McLean Eagleson ‘53 Scholarship Fund (2015)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

The Gacioch Family Scholarship Fund (2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Jenny Fredrich Franco Scholarship Fund (2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Richard W. Cutting Scholarship Fund (2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Betsy Greene Memorial Fund (2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Lois Kittinger Hutten ‘46 Scholarship Fund (2015)

Established in memory of Lois Kittinger Hutten ‘46 to support scholarships.

Jane M. Gold ‘15 Scholarship Fund (2015)

Established in honor of their graduating SEM student by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gold, to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Virginia Deuel ‘33 Scholarship Fund (2016)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Emily ‘05, Jenny ‘08 and Tess ‘13 O’Leary Scholarship Fund (2016)

Established by Kevin and Janet O’Leary, the parents of SEM graduates, to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Delaware North Scholarship Fund (2016)

Established to encourage eligible students with a passionate interest in the pursuit of an athletic or artistic endeavor outside the general school curriculum.

Amy Habib Rittling ‘86, Kara Habib Boyle ‘87 and Amy J. Habib Scholarship Fund (2016)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

Louise Alexandra von Simson Endowed Scholarship Fund (2016)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary who have exhibited personal courage.


Faculty Support

Susan and Edwin Johnston Faculty Fund (2002)

Established in 2002 by Susan and Edwin Johnston as an endowment fund with income to support continuing education of the faculty.

Jean Henrich Faculty Enrichment Fund (2001)

Established by Jean M. Henrich through a contribution to the Buffalo Seminary Sesquicentennial Campaign to be used to provide a summer travel opportunity to a deserving member of SEM faculty whose teaching will be enhanced by that experience.

Annette Wells Stevens ‘24 and Raymond D. Stevens Faculty Fund (2001)

Established to support continuing education of the faculty.

Betty Butzer Brown ‘44 Endowed Award for Humanities Faculty (2007)

The Brown family recognizes that outstanding teaching is the foundation of a SEM education. Established by the Brown family in memory of Betty Butzer Brown ‘44, this unrestricted honorarium, awarded every five years, celebrates the accomplishment and dedication of a member of the humanities faculty.

John W. Brown Endowed Award for Young Faculty (2008)

Established by the family of Captain John Brown and Betty Butzer Brown ‘44 to recognize excellence in teaching for a faculty member who has taught fewer than five years at Buffalo Seminary.

Alumnae Fund for Faculty Professional Development (2013)

Established to provide professional development for the faculty and staff of SEM.

The Robin Simon Magavern ‘52 Faculty Professional Development Fund (2013)

Established to expand funding for faculty professional development at SEM.

Faculty Enrichment Fund In Honor of Jody Douglass (2014)

Established by friends of SEM’s retiring Head of School to honor her legacy and provide on-going financial assistance to support and/or recognize excellence in teaching at SEM.

Program Support

Colby Oishei Arts Fund (1983)

Established with a gift from Patricia Oishei Colby ‘32 in honor of Robert W. Colby to further foster art education and art appreciation, by naming women artists connected with the Western New York community to serve as Colby Artists, who spend time on campus with their work to the benefit of the SEM community.

Betty McNulty Wilkinson ‘25 Poetry Chair (1986)

Established under the will of Elizabeth M. Wilkinson to bring to SEM’s campus and classrooms practicing poets to enrich teaching and learning of poetry, supporting SEM’s English Department.

Trimmer Educational Chair in History and Government (1987)

Established for the purpose of endowing an Academic Chair.

Harriet M. McNulty ‘26 and Willcox Adsit Lecture Series (1999)

Established to fund a visiting lecturers program, inviting distinguished scientists, authors, politicians, scholars, and lecturers to share their expertise with SEM students and faculty.

Thomas and Joanne Rich Healy ‘56 English Education Fund (2001)

Established in 2001 by the Healys to honor a teacher’s outstanding role in inspiring a lifelong love of writing, reading, and learning through the study of English language and literature. The proceeds are to supplement the salary of the awardee.

Lipke Theatre Fund (2001)

Established by the Lipke Foundation as an endowment fund with income to be used to enhance the theatre department.

Library Fund (2003)

Established with a gift from Joseph Takats to support the SEM library.

Marion McNulty Dillon ‘22 Drama Fund (2004)

Established for drama enrichment.

PRINCE FAMILY GUEST LECTURE SERIES (2004)

This fund established by the Prince Family, seeks to enhance SEM’s curriculum by inviting distinguished scientists, authors, politicians, scholars, and lecturers to share their talents with the Buffalo Seminary community.

Joan Louise Kostick Andrews ‘48 Music Fund (2007)

Established to enhance music programs at SEM.

Jean Wende McCarthy ‘31 Award (2007)

Established to recognize a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the theatre program at SEM.

Dylana Lembitz Accolla ‘81 Cross-Cultural Enrichment Fund (2012)

Established by Dylana’s friends to encourage cross-cultural learning experiences to benefit international students attending SEM and their student peers.

The Robert J.A. Irwin III Fund for Local History (2016)

Established in support of the Buffalo Seminary history department and the study of local history.

General Endowment Support

General Endowment (1930)

Established to secure SEM’s future and support the school’s greatest needs.

Janet Fuller Pomeroy ‘38 Memorial Fund (1996)

Established to benefit the General Endowment and the school’s greatest needs.

Board Designated Endowment (2010)

Established with undesignated funds and bequests to support the school’s greatest needs as determined by SEM’s Board of Trustees.

John W. & Betty Butzer Brown ‘44 Family Endowment Fund (2011)

A gift from John W. Brown established a permanently restricted investment to support the General Endowment and the school’s general purposes.

The Susan H. & John F. Turben Endowment Fund (2011)

Established by a bequest from Susan Hanrahan Turben ’54 and John F. Turben as a permanently restricted gift to the General Endowment.

Michal & James Wadsworth Endowment Fund (2012)

Established by a permanently restricted investment to support the General Endowment, the proceeds of the Fund shall be used for the school’s greatest needs.

Brian & Deborah Lipke Fund (2014)

Established as a restricted investment to the General Endowment and for the school’s greatest needs.

Every attempt has been made to include all funds that were named, designated with restrictions when established and are held in permanency for the use of Buffalo Seminary.

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