Current Priorities

As Lawrenceville continues to grow and evolve in response to new challenges and opportunities, sustaining the level of excellence we expect of our School means responding to the changing needs that accompany our progress.


McPherson-Reynolds-Noyes Quadrangle, $1 million

With the creation of the Circle in 1883, Lawrenceville’s outdoor spaces first emerged as distinct components of our campus architecture. Now we offer a rare opportunity to transform and name another prominent outdoor space, the quadrangle connecting Noyes History Building, the Gruss Center of Visual Arts, and Dawes, McPherson and Reynolds Houses. The redesigned quadrangle will feature stone pavers, built-in seating and extended terraces to encourage its use as social and classroom space. The landscape will incorporate 21 different species – a total of 259 shrubs, 34 trees, and over 1,000 additional plantings. The Lawrenceville School is seeking a gift of $1 million to redesign the quadrangle as proposed, including all architectural, landscaping and construction costs, and to rename it according to the wishes of the donor.

Hogate Hall, $4.5 million

After 25 years, Hogate Hall, home to the Alumni & Development and Financial & Administrative Services staffs, is in critical need of renovation and expansion. The growth of the School since coeducation has led to an acute need for more office space, and advances in technology have put the building’s vital operations at a disadvantage. The most notable change, however, will be a dedicated Alumni House within Hogate Hall to welcome alumni when they return to campus. Just as Lawrenceville faculty and students benefit from enhanced spaces, it is our goal to extend this same experience to our alumni. Based on preliminary plans and estimates, we seek $4.5 million to fund this project.

Faculty Support

Faculty Salaries Fund (endowed), $3-4 million

Lawrenceville is fortunate to have a first-class faculty, but the competition for excellent “triple threat” faculty, who can teach, coach and preside over our student Houses, is becoming more intense. We seek to increase salaries sufficiently to put us above the median for our peer group. An endowment of up to $3-4 million would generate up to $150,000-200,000 per year in spendable income to supplement faculty salaries.


Faculty Flexibility Fund (endowed), $2 million

To be more flexible in responding to changes in student elective interests year to year, and to better
accommodate faculty sabbaticals and leaves for maternity, illness or other personal reasons, we seek to hire 2-3 temporary, part-time faculty each year as needed. Sourcing nearby Princeton University, an endowed gift of $2 million would provide us with $100,000 per year in spendable income to hire promising part-time teachers.

Faculty International Travel Fund (endowed), $1 million

Supporting faculty travel is one of the most organic ways to globalize our curriculum. An endowment of $1 million would allow us to support about 10 faculty-proposed trips and/or send additional faculty on student spring and summer trips.


Financial Aid

In 2011-2012, Lawrenceville began a campaign to raise $36 million in additional endowed funds for aid. Thanks largely to the generosity of a select few alumni and parents, we have raised more than $27 million thus far. Reaching our $36 million goal will have a significant impact on our ability to admit the most deserving applicants regardless of financial need, sustaining the highest standards of excellence and enriching the Lawrenceville experience for all students.

Full Scholarship (endowed), $1 million

An endowed gift of $1 million generates $50,000 in annual income, supporting a named scholarship for a student with significant financial need. This scholarship typically follows a single student through four years at Lawrenceville and carries full donor preferences.


Partial Scholarship (endowed), $500,000

This endowed gift generates $25,000 in annual income to support a named scholarship for a deserving student with financial need. Recipients generally come from middle or upper-middle class families that can afford partial but not full tuition.


Named Scholarship Fund (endowed), $100,000

This named endowed fund yields $5,000 in annual income to provide financial aid wherever it is needed.

Endowed Scholarship Fund, $50,000

This endowed fund yields $2,500 in annual income to provide financial aid wherever it is needed.

Program Directors and Teaching Chairs

Director of Leadership Programs (endowed), $2 million

Inspiring and educating students to become responsible leaders is an important aspect of our mission. An endowed position for a Director of Leadership Programs will enable us to expand the leadership opportunities available to our students and make a long-term commitment to formal leadership programming.


Director of Sustainability (endowed), $1 million

Lawrenceville has made great strides in its campus-wide sustainability initiatives, attracting national and international attention and educating students in the importance of protecting and preserving our environment. Endowing this position will ensure that this progress continues.


Director of Science Research (endowed), $1 million

With seed money from an alumnus, in 2010 Lawrenceville hired a full-time Director of Research to supervise and facilitate advanced research pursuits by our students, on and off campus. Under her leadership, our student research program is already distinguishing our students in the college application process. Endowing this position would ensure its future.


Director of Community Service (endowed), $1-2 million

Each year, Lawrenceville students complete over 10,000 hours of community service through the Community Service Office. The work of the Office has grown to include long-term projects, special events and service learning courses. A $1 million gift would endow the Director of Community Service position; a $2 million gift would also allow us to restore our pre-financial crisis staffing by making the assistant director a full-time position.


Director of International Students (endowed), $1 million

Thanks in part to the Davis Scholars program, about 15 percent of our students now come from over 30 countries. Our teachers, in addition to their other responsibilities, have been supporting these students through formal and informal orientation sessions, help with visas and travel, and ESL and other types of assistance. We seek to create a part-time position through course release for a faculty member to oversee, better coordinate and extend these initiatives.



Sustaining the success of Lawrenceville’s athletic programs depends on providing our student athletes with top-notch equipment. The following needs will complement the major Field House renovation being studied by the Board of Trustees.

Multi-sport, $300,000

Mechanically retractable batting cages in the Field House arena and retractable nets between and around the arena courts.


Track and Field, $250,000

Replace indoor track and arena floor (in the next 3-5 years).


Equipment Room, $200,000

Redesign and reorganize to allow for proper storage of equipment and management of inventory.


Basketball, $65,000

Retractable backboards in varsity (4) and north courts (6), $40,000
Automated backboards for the arena courts, $25,000


Tennis Courts, $250,000

Resurfacing and fencing, $250,000


The Big Red Farm

The Big Red Farm is filled with potential as a teaching tool and as a key component of Lawrenceville’s comprehensive sustainability initiative. Other independent schools with working farms subsidize those entities, but Lawrenceville believes its farm must be self-sustaining. This model requires donor support of three major priorities for the farm to remain viable and contribute to the life of the School in a meaningful way.

Farm Manager (endowed), $500,000

The farm manager will assume full-time management responsibilities for the farm, including day-to-day operations, further development of educational programming, community outreach, revenue opportunities, and long-term planning. The $25,000 yearly income from a $500,000 endowed gift would supplement current funding to sustain this position.


Farm Operations Fund (endowed), $500,000

Earlier endowed gifts have kept the farm running thus far. An endowed gift of $500,000 would generate the $25,000 in annual funding needed to meet the farm’s operating needs long-term.


Multi-purpose Pavilion, $300,000

Growth-related capital expenditure.

Equipped with electricity and potable water lines, the pavilion would serve as an outdoor classroom, market and work space, food storage, outdoor kitchen and picnic area.

Equipment Shed, $150,000

Growth-related capital expenditure.

For storage of tractor and farm implements.

Farm Truck, $ 25,000

Growth-related capital expenditure.

Four-wheel-drive truck to replace a 20-year-old, 2-wheel-drive model


Science and Technology

Technology Mentoring and Professional Development Fund (endowed), $1.5 million

Maximizing the potential of digital technology in the classroom, especially for Lawrenceville’s unique Harkness classrooms, requires a superior knowledge of educational technology and its applications. An endowed gift of $1.5 million would provide $75,000 annually for six skilled faculty members to serve as technology mentors.


Science Research Courses, $40,000

Research in Molecular Biology, Research in Applied Chemistry, Research in Field Ecology

Lawrenceville seeks to attract more of our advanced students to careers in science and engineering by providing opportunities to conduct original research under real-world conditions. We require additional funding for laboratory equipment and research materials.


Zebrafish Model System, $75,000

Zebrafish serve as an important vertebrate model system for studies in embryo development, genetics and applied chemistry. Currently, an ever-increasing number of specimens are housed in a makeshift rack system along one wall of a storage closet. The Science Department seeks a dedicated research classroom and an automated system to ensure water quality and supply.


Independent Study / Experiential Education

Expansion of Independent and Experiential Education Programs (endowed), $2-3 million

Last year 70 students applied for four Welles Grants to undertake independent research during the summer break. In recent years these projects have included the study of urban education in Los Angeles and Trenton, N.J., documentary filmmaking in China, analyzing the ecosystem of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, assessing the experience of Burundi immigrants in the U.S., and more. Additional funding would enable us to expand the availability of these summer grants and explore the potential of other, similar opportunities, such as the spring senior projects, winter co-curriculars and Heely Scholars (a new program in archival research). Ultimately, this initiative could grow into a signature feature of a Lawrenceville education.


Design Studio in the Gruss Center, $250,000

The Visual Arts curriculum includes an increasing number of design courses at both the foundational and advanced levels. For the most part, these classes are held in an old printmaking room. We seek $250,000 to renovate the room into a design studio that will facilitate team projects, enable the building of prototypes, and foster students’ creativity and imagination.


S.T.E.A.M. – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, $100,000

S.T.E.A.M. is a framework for hands-on, exploratory learning that incorporates principles of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to solve problems, promote innovation, and facilitate invention. S.T.E.A.M. is project-based, team-oriented, and model-driven; in a S.T.E.A.M. classroom, students make things. A gift of $100,000 would enable us to transform three classrooms in the Gruss Center of Visual Arts and additional space in Kirby Science Center for S.T.E.A.M. activities.