A gift that
“Seven years at Watkinson certainly enriched my life with opportunities of a lifetime, providing me with the confidence, intellectual curiosity, and discipline I needed to adapt to college life and my research position at Harvard.”
Arjun Kapur, Lifer at Watkinson ’12 & Harvard University ’16
“I'd like to tell my donor that I appreciate everything that she's done, and that her family has done, just for me to be able to come to this amazing school and get the great education that I need. I thank her with everything in the whole wide world.”
current student Desteni D. '27
Change A Life, Fund A Lifer is our next bold step in establishing a new and heightened giving culture at Watkinson.
A student who comes to Watkinson as a sixth grader and stays for seven years, experiencing everything the school has to offer, becomes a “Lifer.” These students thrive at Watkinson and beyond as their place in the school deepens and solidifies over time. Developing in a safe and encouraging community, Lifers develop confidence in themselves and a love of learning, leaving behind traditional fears — of public speaking, of failing, of trying new things — and become mature, thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate thinkers and doers. Part of this benefit comes from the educational continuity they enjoy when they move from 8th to 9th grade, a seamless transition designed to help students develop in authentic and powerful ways.
These Lifers also change Watkinson with their insights, their experiments, their commitments, their questions. We are a better school for their presence.
Change a Life, Fund a Lifer recognizes the importance of this relationship. A commitment of $250,000–$1 million from a donor covers the cost of a Watkinson education from 6th grade through graduation and changes the life of a student in the process.
Investment in this program demonstrates the collective belief in the power of a Watkinson education.
Contact us today to learn more about this exciting program.