North Shore Country Day held its first-ever virtual benefit on February 25, bringing in more than $350,000 for student scholarships and supplemental support—an ever-increasing need for current and future NSCD students. 

The 2021 Scholarship Benefit—Raider Strong featured a mix of live and pre-recorded activities, including an auction, paddle raise, raffle, testimonials from previous scholarship recipients and donors, and an original performance by members of the upper school Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry club. Current NSCD parent Ash-har Quraishi, an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, producer and filmmaker, was the evening’s emcee. 

After the success of NSCD’s inaugural Scholarship Dinner in 2018, the school decided it would make student scholarship a recurring focus for the annual benefit every few years—a theme that not only supports a major initiative from North Shore’s Strategic Plan but also amplifies the school’s historic commitment to student financial aid. 

Scholarship support began when NSCD opened its doors in 1919 as one of the school’s “major principles.” Founding Headmaster Perry Dunlap Smith and the families who established the school believed that any student, regardless of their financial means, should have the opportunity to attend North Shore. They knew the benefits of such an approach would extend to all members of the school community, not just the individual students and families who received financial assistance. North Shore Country Day would only reach its full potential and live up to its mission if its students represented a “cross-section of the community.” 

Renewing this commitment as NSCD forges ahead in its second century helps protect the school’s future and ensures continuing access to a North Shore Country Day education regardless of a family’s ability to pay. About 20% of current students receive financial aid.

Over the years, North Shore’s annual benefit has raised more than $7 million to fund areas not fully covered by the operating budget, such as curriculum and teaching fund grants, student scholarships and faculty enrichment grants. It has also helped fund major capital projects including the renovation of the lower school, construction of the Conant Science Center and renovation of the Auditorium and Arts Center.

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