Nichols School is extremely fortunate to have many named endowment funds, known as Named Scholarship Funds, established by alumni and friends of the School to support our financial aid program. Below is a listing of the funds that we have in existence. All awards are based on financial need.
*Denotes annual gifts versus endowed funds.
- The 1892 Scholarship
- Oliver G. and Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund*
- Boocock Memorial Scholarship
- Castiglia Family Scholarship Fund
- Keith Celniker '84 Memorial Fund
- Cullen Foundation*
- Kaitlin Donahoe '09 Scholarship Fund
- Matthew Donahoe '08 Scholarship Fund
- Eames and Guida Donaldson Scholarship Fund
- Duffy-Leahy Memorial Scholarship
- Neil Farmelo Scholarship Fund
- Walter Goldstein '48 Memorial Scholarship
- The Habib Family Scholarship
- Harbourton Scholars Program*
- Hardner Family Scholarship*
- Henrich Scholarship
- John Henry '57 Scholarship Fund*
- Dwight D. Hopkins Scholarship Fund
- HSBC Scholarship Fund
- Dudley M. Irwin, III '45 Scholarship
- Jay Kahle Memorial Scholarship
- Seymour H. Knox Scholarship Fund
- Christian D. Laettner '88 Scholarship Fund
- Judgy Lytle '64 Scholarship Fund
- Grace McKendry Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Allen E. Neil Scholarship Fund
- Dr. & Mrs. Oscar J. Oberkircher Scholar
- Oishei Scholarship Program*
- Vincent H. (Jim) Palisano Scholars*
- Reader's Digest Scholarship Fund
- Clark T. Roberts '14 Memorial Scholarship
- Christopher Cole Scheu '75 Memorial Scholarship
- Robert & Martha Scheu Memorial Scholarship
- Schneckenburger Scholarship
- Robert L. Stone Family Scholarship Fund
- G. Robert Strauss, Jr. '79 Scholarship Award
- The Subramanian Family Scholarship
- Sullivan Family Scholarship
- Joseph Takats Scholarship
- The Walsh Family Scholarship
- Western New York Scholarship Fund
- Edward G. Zeller, Jr. Memorial Fund
Established in 1997 by the Board of Trustees, this need-based scholarship is awarded to a young person of ability who has yet to demonstrate his or her full potential. This opportunity reaches out to the students at the margin, who we hope will discover that the demands of the Nichols School curriculum and its faculty will bring out his or her untapped talents. This one-year, non-renewable scholarship is designated for a candidate for the Upper School who demonstrates financial need.
The Cullen Foundation seeks to assist families of high-achieving students to mitigate the financial challenges of attaining a private middle school and high school education through the Cullen Scholars program. The program provides access to private schools with preference given to students of color. Cullen Scholars will be selected based on academic achievement, financial need and character.
The Kaitlin Donahoe ’09 Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 by the Donahoe family. This need-based scholarship was developed in order to provide a female student-athlete the opportunity to attend and contribute to the Nichols School. The recipient must be an above average student who demonstrates a commitment to community service work and to participating in at least two sports. The recipient must embody outstanding character, strong work ethic and leadership ability. Although not required, preference will be given to an applicant proficient in basketball and with interest in either soccer or lacrosse.
The Matthew Donahoe ‘08 Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by the Donahoe family to support a male student with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to community service. This need-based scholarship will be awarded to an above average student who is committed to his studies in all disciplines and his athletic goals in at least two sports. Preference will be given to applicants proficient in golf and have interest in either baseball or basketball.
Established in 1992 through the estate of Walter J. Goldstein ’48, it was Walter’s wish that a need-based scholarship fund be set up for a deserving student who might not otherwise be able to afford the tuition, in hopes of giving that student a start on life, similar to the start Walter so appreciated.
Established in 1973, this is an endowed need-based scholarship fund created by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph E. Henrich and their son, John Henrich ’59. John is a former Trustee of Nichols and John is an alumnus, a former Trustee and father of four Nichols graduates. This scholarship is given to a female in the Upper School based on financial need, integrity and contributions of the student.
Established in 1979, in memory of Jay Kahle ’52, the need-based scholarship is awarded annually to an Upper School student with average grades who demonstrates those qualities and characteristics that Jay’s family and friends admired in him – leadership, athletic ability, determination, courage, sense of humor and a desire to succeed.
Established to honor Judgy Lytle ’64, who died in 1965, this fund was started by a group of his friends to provide needed financial aid for an entering ninth grader. The recipients must be able students with a capacity for excellence when inspired, an enthusiastic athlete, and a loyal and sympathetic friend.
Established in October 2007 to honor the memory of local artist and Nichols longtime art teacher, Grace McKendry, this need-based scholarship is to be awarded to an incoming 9th grader who shows talent in the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, graphics and drawing. Applicants will be asked to submit an art portfolio and/or recommendations from teachers.
Established by The Oishei Foundation, the Oishei Scholarship Program assists Buffalo area students of color who desire to obtain an education at a private high school. This four-year full tuition scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman, based upon consideration of need, merit and potential for success.
This fund was created in memory of Mr. Philip M. Schneckenburger '32 by his family in 2009. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who qualifies for financial need and who shows a special interest in, propensity for and demonstrated talent in music with a specific interest in pursuing engagement in the Nichols School music program.
Established in the early 1970s, The Western New York Foundation started a loan fund that provided small loans to families. In 2005, the funds were transferred to create a need-based scholarship fund to support students from middle income families, perhaps alumni children or those families with more that one child at Nichols.
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Financial aid budget
Percentage of Nichols families that receive financial aid.
Average financial aid awarded to a Nichols student