The Benefit

Every year since 1981, NSCD has held an annual fundraising event—from an auction, to the Purple Wave, to a Scholarship Dinner. Last year's Centennial Benefit was the Party of the Century.

Over the years, North Shore’s annual benefit has raised more than $6 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.

We are excited to announce this year’s Benefit will support scholarships and will be virtual! 

Please save the date:

Scholarship Benefit 2021 - Raider Strong

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mark your calendar and join us for an evening of fun and fundraising—all for a great cause! After the success of our Scholarship Dinner in 2018, we are delighted to adapt this special evening to a virtual platform. The Scholarship Benefit is dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships and supplemental support, an ever increasing need for our current and future students.

The Scholarship Benefit supports a major initiative from North Shore’s Strategic Plan and amplifies our historic commitment to student financial aid. NSCD’s scholarship program began with the opening in 1919 as one of the school’s “major principles.” Our Founding Headmaster, Perry Dunlap Smith, and the families who established the school, believed 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 we forge ahead in our second century helps us protect the school’s future and ensures continuing access to a North Shore Country Day education. Currently, some 20% of our students receive financial aid. On February 25, we will gather together online to support this important tenet of the NSCD mission.

All members of our school community are invited, and we hope to engage even more participants from around the world who will be able to attend from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Also returning this year is our Host Committee. The Host Committee are people who commit to a generous contribution to The Benefit, attend the event and help promote it. If you are interested in joining the Host Committee, you can donate now on the form below, or contact Tracie Frederick in the Development Office at 847.881.8809 or by December 7. 

Stay tuned for more information to come! 


Cathy Bell Bartholomay '79 & Betty Fisher Wiggins '93
Benefit Co-Chairs