Focusing on Menlo’s Future
Endowment is our promise to future generations that the core of who and what Menlo is will not change.
Crucial to Menlo’s success over the next 100 years is a focus on developing distinctive, relevant, and innovative educational experiences; recruiting, retaining, and developing exceptional faculty; and ensuring accessibility and affordability, with the goal of preparing our students for success in college and beyond.
A stronger investment in people and programs is needed to align Menlo with other nationally-ranked peer schools, as well as to keep up with local peers. But more importantly, a strong endowment would mean Menlo can avoid relying more on tuition increases to fund its various operating expenses, such as faculty salaries. With the cost of living in the Bay Area putting ever more pressure on our teachers and families, we are committed to keeping our tuition increases to a reasonable level. Planning for the long-term financial health of the School by growing our endowment is the best way to fulfill this commitment.
Furthermore, the Centennial Scholars Initiative is a new pillar of Menlo’s commitment to financial aid. Led by alumni Rey Banatao ’91 and Michael Uytengsu ’85 and current parent Aarti Chandna, Centennial Scholars was created as a fund in which substantive gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the School could be invested with the School’s endowment in perpetuity, its annual payout supporting the financial needs of a select number of student scholars.
Through this program, we’ll be giving low-income families full financial support and the kind of mentorship and counseling these talented students need to succeed at Menlo, in college, and beyond. We need to make a commitment to these students that if they believe in themselves, we will believe in them and give them the support they need—not just financially, but through frameworks and mentorship designed to help them succeed. The more we invest in helping the neediest at our school, the more our entire student body benefits.
We are poised to meet these challenges and are excited to focus on ensuring Menlo’s core strengths will always be funded, no matter the larger macro-economic conditions of the world.
If you have any questions about the Menlo Centennial Campaign, contact Vidya Kagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.330.2001 ext. 2555.