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A Leader in Changing Lives By offering financial assistance, CA invests in futures, removes barriers, and fulfills a mission It’s a heart-stopping moment for a student waiting for an admissions decision: The big envelope comes in the mail instead of the small one. These days, a video welcome arrives by email, too. But before many young hopefuls can celebrate, a difficult deliberation takes place — can their families afford the price of a private education? Financial aid makes a CA experience possible for many students. This year alone, 96 families received assistance, and the average grant was $43,772. This year alone, “What we are offering is more than a financial aid grant,” says John McGarry, associate director of admissions and director of financial aid. “It’s a life-changing FA MI L I E S received assistance, opportunity. I feel very fortunate to be and the average the one to deliver that news.” Within the independent school commu- grant was nity, McGarry is an authority on experiential equity — CA’s approach to ensuring that all students on campus enjoy the same access to opportunities, regardless of the families’ financial circumstances. Despite its comparatively modest endowment, Concord Academy is well ahead of peer schools in delivering this mission-critical goal. When alumnae/i and families chose to invest in CA’s Financial Aid program, they have a lasting effect on young adults’ lives. All CA students have the benefit of caring support, and the coordinated help the school gives to adolescents who receive financial aid at CA puts them ahead of peers when it comes to navigating the much more independent financial aid process for college. “In college, students have to figure everything out for themselves,” McGarry says. “CA graduates are impressive self-advocates who have been encouraged and supported as they develop these vital life skills in the classrooms and art studios, on the playing fields and in the Financial Aid Office. They’re ahead of most college peers in that respect.”

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Stanley Zheng ’17 Stanley Zheng ’17 says that as a student at Concord Academy he gained both “a broader lens to view the world” and a deeper respect for himself and his peers. “My experience at CA was incredible,” he says. “It shaped me into who I am today.” A boarding student from Rutherford, N.J., Zheng was head of house in Phelps by his senior year. He believes his transition to college was aided immensely by his experience living on campus at CA. As a boarder, Zheng developed a sense of personal responsibility and trust in his peers, and he learned how to help others adjust to campus life. Zheng recently gave his first gift to CA as an alumnus. “I made a gift to honor everything that CA has been for me, and still is,” he says. He is in touch with a small group of CA alumnae/i at Columbia University, where he is a freshman studying engineering. “It is a community that has stayed with me even after graduation,” he says, “and I know will be with me for the rest of my life.”

Samantha Siegal ’04 Samantha Siegal ’04 describes her experience at Concord Academy as “phenomenal.” Because of the profound impact her CA education has had on her life, Siegal has given back to CA through the Annual Fund for 17 years in a row. Though she spent four years at Amherst College and earned an MBA from Yale, Siegal is convinced that CA shaped her the most. “There is no doubt in my mind that I am the person I am today because of CA,” she says. Siegal considers CA’s alumnae/i network to be truly special. “CA is small, and when I come across another alum and we both share this special connection that not too many people have, it feels even more meaningful,” she says. Now the director of global foodservice innovation and channel marketing for PepsiCo in New York, Siegal also serves as a co-chair of the junior board of LitWorld, a New York-based nonprofit that promotes literacy for children, particularly girls, in communities around the world. She also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and in what little spare time remains she brews beer and does a lot of yoga. Siegal gives to CA because, she explains, “I have a firsthand understanding of the value of what CA has to offer as well as a deep belief in the school and what it does. CA gave me opportunities that I most certainly would not have had if I had studied elsewhere, and I give to the Annual Fund because I want every single student who comes after me to have those same transformational opportunities.”

GET INVOLVED Learn more about financial aid and the Centennial Campaign at www.concord100.org.

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The spring 2018 issue of CA Magazine highlights alumnae/i and students who are giving back, both in their communities and further afield. Ca...

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