Dear Dawson Community,
Each of us is a model for the rest of us; each of us interacts with integrity and cares for the rest of us.
-Dawson Core Belief
One of the most important lessons the coronavirus pandemic has taught us is the deep meaning and purpose we find in collectively caring for one another. Like so many cities around the world, the people of Las Vegas are staying at home so as to not put ourselves and others at risk, volunteering to ensure the community is supported, and virtually connecting with loved ones so they know they are not alone. Las Vegas is part of a global community, and the ways in which we care for each other–and experience the best of humankind in the process–are innumerable. These lessons in concern, kindness, and compassion also remind us of the love, hope, and inspiration that still exists, even as we experience a monumental disruption to our way of life.
Our work, school, and home lives look very different, and it remains uncertain when we can expect life to return to “normal”. Yet, this is the ideal time to look ahead to Dawson’s future. We must anticipate what our community needs and provide for those needs, as well as remember the three elements that will undoubtedly carry the School successfully through this challenging period: our exemplary faculty, our committed families, and the remarkable trustees of the Alexander Dawson Foundation and their unshakable belief in nurturing future leaders.
Since its inception in 1957, the Alexander Dawson Foundation has quietly supported the kind of education founder Gerard Henderson envisioned would ‘provide students with the highest quality education, nurture future leaders, and prepare young adults to excel in college and society.’ Through the founding of the two Dawson schools (Las Vegas, NV, and Boulder, CO), as well as their commitment to public purpose through the support of free summer academic programming for high-achieving students in the Clark County School District, the Foundation lives its mission while providing leadership and guidance at the highest level as trustees of both Dawson schools.
In pre-COVID times, Dawson financially operated independently of the Foundation, and this independence and accountability made for a productive relationship between the School and the Foundation. However, in this very unsettling moment in Dawson’s history, the Alexander Dawson Foundation is stepping in to help our School and families in a remarkable way.
I’m deeply grateful to announce that the Foundation’s leadership is committed to supporting all current and new Dawson families by funding an incredibly robust as-needed financial aid program.
The goal is to ensure there is no financial barrier to a Dawson education for any current or new Dawson family for the 2020-2021 school year.
Significantly Increased Financial Aid:
Dawson has never taken a one-size-fits-all approach to education. The School, in partnership with the Foundation trustees, makes the same pledge in our approach to each family’s financial needs during this challenging time. It is an important acknowledgment that some families will need more support, while others will need none at all. By following our thorough financial aid process, which will be modified with specific questions and documentation related to the current economic climate, we will provide the individualization necessary to review each Dawson family’s needs and provide the financial support necessary to retain them. This remarkable act of generosity on behalf of the Foundation should give every parent the peace of mind that their child’s education at Dawson will not be disrupted in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions regarding Dawson's COVID-19 modified financial aid process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Every independent school in the country, including our NWAIS-accredited cohort schools in Las Vegas, is working tirelessly to figure out how to best support their unique community during this unprecedented time; we appreciate and applaud the decisions these schools have made to support their families. There is no playbook or ideal solution, and no two school responses will be identical. There is only what is in the realm of possibility for each school, and this is where The Alexander Dawson School is incredibly fortunate to have the full commitment of the Foundation to support our Dawson families. This is a time when our students need us most, and we need them too. We are in this together and our promise remains to continue to deliver the Dawson Difference.
Carola E. Wittmann, Ph.D.
Head of School
The Alexander Dawson School