Anniversaries are the optimal opportunity to engage a community and celebrate the achievements of organizations and individuals alike. Fort Worth Country Day is pleased to participate in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund and the success of the Community Foundation of North Texas in managing her legacy for our North Texas community.
The Fort Worth Country Day School recently celebrated its own anniversary: 50 years strong. The year of activities and events brought to mind many wonderful, dedicated community leaders like Mrs. McFadden who helped make FWCD the premier educational program and diverse school community it is today. Through foresight, thoughtful planning, generosity and commitment, one in every six students on campus today has the financial assistance they need to participate in the advanced, well-rounded program they require and that FWCD provides.
Fort Worth Country Day’s anniversary also emphasized the importance of valued, longtime partnerships like the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund. Thirty years ago, the school determined that the best fit for Mrs. McFadden’s generosity was to help make financial assistance available to highly
capable, non-affluent students wanting to attend Fort Worth Country Day. Through the Community Foundation’s successful management of the fund, the school is still able to utilize McFadden funding for this vital, growing student need. As a result, the McFadden Fund has benefited Country Day students with more than $125,000 of aid through the years.
To honor Mrs. McFadden’s ongoing commitment to FWCD students, the school began naming two need-based seniors each year as McFadden Scholars. Since 1986, 54 students have graduated from Fort Worth Country Day with this special distinction. Echoing Mrs. McFadden’s leadership example, qualifying students must have a strong academic history and model the school’s core values of courage, integrity, kindness, respect, responsibility and scholarship in their life on and off campus.
The Fort Worth Country Day experience is the same for every student. From their eagerness to tackle challenging assignments to their excitement at exploring a wide variety of art and athletic interests to the care the students show as they develop strong friendships. It is heartwarming to know that those doors are open to high-performing students from non-affluent and lower socioeconomic backgrounds because of the passion and planning of leaders like Mrs. McFadden. For the youth who benefit, there is no better life legacy than making possible their chance to be the successful Fort Worth Country Day students they are and want to be.
To celebrate 30 years of giving from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, Community Foundation of North Texas is hosting a series called 13 Days of Giving. Each weekday through December 17, we’ll share a story highlighting how one of the nonprofits benefitting from the fund has impacted this region. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive the daily alerts, or visit www.cfntx.org.