Beaverton graduate donates $1.8M to alma mater
Scholarship opportunities at Beaverton High School just got a boost thanks to a $1.8 million donation from a former student toward the Beaverton High School Success Fund.
The donor, Scott Shleifer, is co-founder of Tiger Global Management, an investment firm based in New York City. He said Beaverton High School is an integral part of his success, which is why he wanted to give back.
"I've been blessed with a fantastic primary and secondary education, which started in the Beaverton School District at Beaverton High," he wrote in a statement. "It prepared me to succeed as I studied global economics at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Returning my support to today's students is important for their current and future success. This donation is about creating opportunities to enhance access and affordability for school services and activities so we can build this generation of engaged future professionals and leaders."
The Success Fund helps money flow toward academic support, athletics, arts, and scholarships. The fund previously offered $30,000 for student scholarships, but the donation will increase scholarship availability to a total of $150,000, said principal Anne Erwin.
"Our partnership with the Success Fund supports us in our continuing efforts to inspire every student to prepare for their future, succeed academically, and participate actively in athletics and activities," Erwin wrote in a statement.
The funding will also help the school move toward becoming a "fee-free" and "free-friendly" school by absorbing participation and program fees for students for things like band, choir, drama and cheer activities, Erwin added. The donation will also subsidize half of the participation fee for each student-athlete.
"Educators at BHS will also benefit from this infusion of resources and will use these new dollars to create deeper learning experiences and educational opportunities," she said. "According to the board of directors for BHSSF, this support fund will be gifted to students and teachers over the next four to five academic years."
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