How has George School impacted your family?
George School is a community where it’s cool to care about the world, it’s cool to be smart, and it’s cool to be creative. Our children thrived there. As they raise their children, they want to provide an education for them that is as nourishing and substantive as their George School education.
How did your family’s scholarship come to be?
As both kids went through George School, we were impressed with former Head of School David Bourns. We approached him about making a donation to do innovative things. He asked if we had talked with our kids about what’s important to them. So we did, and they were clear that they wanted to establish a scholarship so that there would always be a deserving kid benefiting from a George School education.
Why did you recently add to your scholarship endowment?
We love George School and current Head of School Nancy Starmer’s leadership. We wanted our endowment to keep on giving. The market didn’t treat endowments kindly and tuition has gone up. In order to have a fully-funded scholarship fund, we needed to add to it. We considered contributing to the school for a different purpose, but our kids feel consistently strong about this scholarship. To get a daughter-in-law we love who also is a George School graduate adds to our commitment, and including the kids in the process makes it even more meaningful.
More about the Laybournes:
Parents Lawrence (Kit) and Geraldine (Gerry), both educators, were thrilled with the George School experiences of daughter Emmy ’89 and son Sam ’93. At his tenth reunion, Sam reconnected with classmate Herran Bekele ’93, and they married and had baby Skender. Emmy has two children, Elinor and Rex. Gerry hopes that when it’s time, the next generation will consider attending George School.
* The Laybourne Family Scholarship Fund was endowed in 1993. Endowments support George School’s future and provide lasting funds for financial aid, faculty support, facility enhancements, and special programs.