Andrew Levengood ’95 cites two experiences at George School that changed his life: a photography class with Mark Osterman and a service trip to Nicaragua that was “an eye-opener.” After graduation, like many alumni, he lost touch with the school while he explored the world and launched a photography career—interests that had been kindled in high school.
When he returned to George School for his tenth reunion, however, he realized “what a special place George School is and that it gave a lot to me.” When he turned forty, he realized something else. Rather than waiting for a vague “later” moment, “it was time to give back.”
Andrew has committed $40,000 over the next four years to help current George School students have experiences like the ones that made such a difference to him. First, he has created a term scholarship called Exist to Inspire. It is for an incoming student who exhibits drive and promise in the arts but who needs financial help to attend the school.
“Term scholarships are a new opportunity for donors, enabling them to commit funding for a specific period,” explained Doug Seaberg, chief development officer at George School. “Andrew’s gift highlights the difference donors can make by giving the gift of a George School education to an exceptional student who might otherwise be unable to attend our school.”
In addition, Andrew is donating to support the international service trip fund, so that motivated students can benefit from George School’s incredible service-learning opportunities regardless of their ability to pay.
“This school really helps students pursue what they are passionate about,” Andrew explained. “I do not want finances to be a hindrance to pursuing the arts or realizing a child’s dream for something they have worked hard for.”
Recently on campus to finalize scholarship details, Andrew met with photography teacher Danielle Picard-Sheehan and other members of the arts faculty. “I was impressed with the artwork in all fields and the advanced creativity students are expressing. It showed me again how much George School believes in the importance of a well-rounded education,” he said. “I hope my gift will inspire others to support George School.”