Students with Thank You sign
April 03, 2019

A Big Blue success

The Andover community sets a PA Giving Day record and boosts financial aid for today’s talented students
by Matthew Bellico

Andover went big, bold, and blue on PA Giving Day this year—with more than 3,700 donors giving back in the final tally.

The March 27 global event raised a record setting $2.36 million for financial aid and other key Knowledge & Goodness campaign priorities. Most prominently, the Academy funded four new scholarships for talented and deserving students thanks to a generous challenge grant from Trustee President Peter L.S. Currie ’74, P’03.

All donors helped unlock these scholarships while also giving to their favorite causes—from academic excellence and the IRT to athletics and the Addison Gallery.

“Andover is incredibly grateful for all who donated on PA Giving Day,” said Secretary of the Academy Thomas P. Lockerby. “It was wonderful to see the response from our community across those 24-plus hours. Their participation as annual donors means so much and directly benefits our students and faculty.”

Head of School John G. Palfrey P’21 also created his own match for the Classes of 2013 to 2018—open to all who graduated during his tenure. Three hundred and seventy-five young alumni rallied to this special invitation, which raised extra funds for student aid, a longstanding and heartfelt priority for Palfrey.

Thoughtful alumni and parents offered their own matches during the day too, and Andover’s parents and grandparents heeded the call in particular. They comprised a remarkable 20 percent of all PA Giving Day donors.

More than 200 faculty and staff gave as well. Meanwhile students showed their spirit by joining a Gunga-themed scavenger hunt across campus, thanking donors on social media, and even making gifts of their own.

In all, the PA Giving Day donor community spanned 48 states and 38 countries, and each and every donor contributed to the day’s tremendous success. Discover more impact at

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