WRUS is­sues $50,000 chal­lenge grant

Record Observer - - Schools -

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 chris­syaull@wyeriverup­per­school.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.”

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