Endowment funds provide long-term support for Eastern Mennonite School. This happens when the school accesses earnings from endowed funds that total more than $10,000. These funds are used to achieve the purpose of the established endowment.
Gifts to support existing funds (EMS has over 50 endowments) are welcome at any time!
If you are would like to explore starting a new endowment in honor of someone or for a specific purpose, contact us to learn more about the process. Or if you'd like to contribute to endowed funds that are already established, we would be happy to discuss your charitable giving goals to see how your planned gift might take the fund to a new level and multiply the gift over the long term.
Pictured right: (l-r) Abby Garber ’23, Nancy Bok ’23, Joelle Blosser ’22, and Anna Miller ’23 created a thank you banner for a donor appreciation card.
The EMS Alumni Endowment Fund combined general class endowments into
one fund to support financial aid. This approach strengthens the earning potential for class endowments.
The combined fund balance was at $325,000 as of June 30, 2021. See what your class giving for all programs and funds looked like last year here.
Lee Eshleman Memorial Fund The class of ’81 established this fund in honor of their classmate, an actor, artist, comedian and friend, who died in 2007. He is remembered as a person of wit, humor, sincerity, and passion. He challenged and inspired thousands by sharing the story of God in creative and compelling ways. The fund provides financial aid to students with a passion for visual and performing arts. Learn more about theater at EMS.
The Students of Color Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 when Chuck Hostetter '71 provided a seed gift that EMS joined with an existing fund, The existing fund had been established in the 1990s by a fellow classmate to support Laotian immigrant students. Together, the gifts allowed EMS to establish the Students of Color Endowed Scholarship which provides financial aid for students of color. Read more.
The Elmer Kennel and Edith Charles Anabaptist Endowed Fund was established in 2000 to stimulate an interest in Mennonite-Anabaptist history among young people. Read more.
The 2022 Kennel and Charles speaker was Osheta Moore (pictured). She shared in two chapels on the theme theme, "You are Beloved," and shared personal stories from book Dear White Peacemakers.: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace, during an evening public presentation.
Eastern Mennonite School’s Endowment funds generally fall into one of the following categories:
- Facility and Grounds Endowments provide funds for ongoing maintenance, repair and replacement of the School’s facilities and equipment.
- Scholarship & Financial Aid Endowments support the School’s mission by making it possible for students with demonstrated financial need to attend EMS and by supporting the admissions of students who strengthen the School’s diversity.
- General Endowments provide funding which the Board of Directors can commit for use where needed most.
- Program Endowments enhance designated academic or services areas of the School.