Living Our Motto Through Service Travel

Each year Taft students are awarded grant dollars to fund service-based summer travel. Those grants are generously funded by the Page, Poole, and Hatfield families to honor the memory their loved ones and to support students as they continue the important work done by Meg Page '74, Robert Poole '50, and William W. Hatfield '32.

During two recent Morning Meetings, 2017 grant recipients shared their stories of adventure and the impact of their service with the Taft community. From the powerful connections upper mid Eliza King Freedman forged with Ecuadorian children with developmental challenges to the organization serving children in China established by seniors Corrine Bai and Chris McDermott, all of the student work is both encouraging and inspiring.

"These are great opportunities to embody the school motto," said Headmaster Willy MacMullen '78 in introducing the grants and the 2017 awardees, "they are great opportunities for personal growth on your path."

Watch the Morning Meeting about:

  • Seniors Corrine Bai and Chris McDermott teaching English in China
  • Eliza King Freedman '19 in Ecuador
  • Senior Tatnall Holt's medical training in Argentina
  • Medical camp at Georgetown University with Collin Amelsberg '19

Watch the Morning Meeting about:

  • Jasmine Mendoza '19 and her work with the Jamaican Association for the Deaf, Jamaica
  • Osi Bialunska '19 and her work with women and children in Nepal
  • Senior Aditya Balsekar's time in a remote Alaskan village working to preserve their culture
  • Upper mid Anna Csigirinszkij's conservation efforts for the dolphins and whales of Tenerife
  • Senior Natalie Waldram's experience in the Ecuadorian rainforest

Meg Page '74 Fellowships

In memory of her commitment to compassionate health care, this fellowship is awarded annually to students who wish to explore an experience or course of study devoted to the provision of better health care in areas such as public health, family planning, medical research, mental health, and non-Western practices of healing.

Robert Keyes Poole '50 Fellowships

Established in memory of Robert Keyes Poole '50, Taft master from 1956 to 1962. Awarded annually to enable Taft students to engage in travel or in projects consistent with Mr. Poole's lifetime interest in wildlife and the environment.

William W. Hatfield '32

Established in 2010, this endowed fund was made possible through the generosity of Guy Hatfield '65, Ross Hatfield, and the ongoing support of William W. Hatfield's family. The grant celebrates the ideals of Horace Dutton Taft—service above self—and is given annually to one or more students whose commitment to volunteerism brings to life the message behind Taft's motto: Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret—Not to be served but to serve.