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Trinity Collegiate presented $250,000 pledge from foundation

on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. Posted in News, Education, Local News

Trinity Collegiate presented $250,000 pledge from foundation
Trinity Collegiate Head of School Ed Hoffman, left, is joined by Dan and Arlene McGinnis.

Trinity Collegiate School recently received one of its largest pledges from the Catherine J. McGinnis Family Foundation. 

The foundation was established in Virginia in 1998 and focuses on giving to organizations including: Roman Catholic human services, child care, educational, medical, and health services. TCS has been a recipient of the foundations generosity for the past nine years. 

“The school is both honored and excited about the pledge and looks forward to using the monies to benefit the students of Trinity Collegiate School,” said Head of School Ed Hoffman. 

The money will supplement the School’s tuition assistance program. 

“Twenty-five percent of Trinity Collegiate families receive tuition assistance and it is a vital component to the school’s mission and commitment to inclusivity and diversity of our student body,” said Director of Admissions April Munn. 

Soon after Trinity Collegiate School announced the decision to re-identify itself in an effort to be more inclusive and welcoming, the school received a donation of $10,000 from Mrs. Carolyn Segars Smith, a former trustee of the school. 

She offered her support and gratitude to the school for taking this bold and timely step. Saying that she was “delighted” with the decision to re-identify and applauded the school for adhering to the mission on which the school was “originally founded”. 

The decision by the Board of Trustees of Trinity Collegiate to remove Byrnes from the school’s name was made after a year of reflection and feedback; and in collaboration with many of the school’s constituents. 

Ms. Smith praised Trinity Collegiate School for being a leader on the community. The school’s decision shows its continued support and embrace of persons of color in the community. This is a decision which will have positive impacts, not only for the school community, but also in the surrounding region, and beyond. 

Trinity Collegiate School’s mission has always included a commitment to maintaining a diverse student body of learners. Over the past 10 years, the school’s minority enrollment has more than doubled. 

“The donation by Mrs. Smith is a testament that the Board’s decision was the right one and the mission of Trinity Collegiate School will always remain in the forefront of every decision made,” said Head of School Ed Hoffman.

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