Christmas Fund Drive

The 2021-22 Student Fund Drive inspires

Students have led a fund drive at Christmas time for EMS since 1948. Funds raised during this drive are key to helping us make an EMS experience possible for more students. Gifts are welcome for the 2021 drive through Jan. 14, 2022!

Gifts support the 2nd Century Fund, making up the difference between tuition investments and the actual cost of an EMS education. The fund also supports financial aid for many students, making the EMS experience possible for more families.

Thank you for responding warmly to students who invite you to support their personal goals for the drive. We know they are eager to tell you about EMS and what it means to them. Please give as you are able.

You will join more than 600 generous donors who give annually to the drive to support faculty and staff, student financial aid, and other mission-supporting efforts. We are so grateful for your involvement!

Stained glass artwork by Anna Stempel '21
Stained glass artwork by Anna Stempel '21

We welcome your support through:

  • gifts to the Christmas Fund Drive,
  • prayer,
  • encouragement of our staff and students,

goal includes some VDOE-restricted contributions 

She loves writing those postcards!  We both are advocates of causes and communities that we believe in – EMS is among those at the top of our list. I love how much she cares about being a student at EMS.  She feels valued, connected, and respected for who she is.  Thanks for your part in helping to shape and steward the values of the EMS community.
- Joe Hackman, Current parent

postcard text form Ila

Why did you give?

"We continue to give because we want other students to have the same experience at EMS that our son did."
Mother of '93 alum.

My kids are so happy to be attending EMS! They love being able to be with their friends. It makes a big different for them to have interactive learning which gives them a sense of community and support." -Melinda, 6th and 9th grade parent.


Why do students get involved and supporters give?

Middle School leaders for Fund Drive

The middle school fund drive committee planned a skit and game show to help their peers get excited for the drive. Read more.

Hear from two graduates of the class of 2021 about the impact of donor dollars on financial aid. Donor support makes up the difference between tuition and the true cost of an EMS education - and provides aid!


Friends from the class of '79 gathered in summer 2021. Read why they inspire Ann Martin, center, to continue to support EMS.