WRUS issues $50,000 challenge grant
CENTREVILLE — Alexa Seip, board chairman of Wye River Upper School, announced a challenge grant to increase financial aid in honor of John and Susan Devlin. She made the announcement at the school’s fall fundraiser celebrating the geographic diversity of its students, who come from eight Maryland counties. The Devlin Family Financial Aid Fund challenge will match dollarfor-dollar gifts up to $50,000 before Dec. 31.
This tuition assistance program will go to the heart of Wye River Upper School’s mission — to provide outstanding opportunities for bright students with learning differences, regardless of their ability to pay. When fully funded, the Devlin Fund will enable students, who would otherwise not be able to attend this extraordinary school, to receive the financial support they need to prepare for success in college, career, and life.
The Devlins were honored for their long-time commitment to the school. Serving as board chairman since 2010, John led the school through two strategic planning processes. Under his leadership, the school conducted a Capital Campaign that relocated the school from Chesapeake College to its home in Centreville, the historic Mar yland National Guard Armory.
With several years of fundraising experience, Susan became the first chairperson of the Wye River Upper School Resource Development Committee and played an important role on the committee for the school’s grand opening gala in 2014.
“John and Susan are always motivated by the kids — they work to change the course of a deserving student’s life. Sending a student to WRUS is the ultimate game-changer for a teenager, so the Devlin Family Fund is a perfect way to honor them,” said Chrissy Aull, executive director of WRUS.
“The opportunity to fund the Devlin Family Financial Aid Fund with $100,000 is awe-inspiring and very motivating. So many more students will have the door opened to success and a lifelong love of learning. Wye River Upper School will meet this challenge and I hope to beat it,” Seip said.
Contributions can be made by check to the Devlin Family Financial Aid Fund at 316 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD 21617. Pledge forms are also available at www.wyeriverupperschool.org/support/financial-aid/.
For more information, contact Aull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan and John Devlin, middle and right, hold up Wye River Upper School sweaters while on stage with school Board Chairman Alexa Seip at the school’s fall fundraiser, “A Taste of Wye River Upper School.”