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Help us raise $200,000 in Tuition Assistance!

Double your donation to tuition assistance this spring by joining the Gustafson family in this exciting challenge!

$66,950 raised

$100,000 goal

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Join the Gustafson Family in raising $200,000 for Tuition Assistance - Make your gift or pledge today!


Alumni parents and grandparents, Bill and Leigh Gustafson, have graciously proposed a transformative matching challenge. They will donate $100,000 towards seeding a Tuition Assistance Endowment for our school, if we can raise an additional $100,000 by December 31.

Earlier this year, Bill and Leigh Gustafson, joined by their youngest daughter Laurie, reached out with a heartfelt mission. They wanted to pay forward the life-changing opportunity they received when they first stepped onto our campus in the late 1970s. Facing financial hurdles, they yearned to continue their three childrens' Montessori journey after moving from Ohio to Philadelphia. Thanks to tuition assistance from Gladwyne Montessori, their dream became a reality, sparking immense gratitude.

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Double your donation to tuition assistance by joining the Gustafson family in this exciting challenge by December 31, 2024!

Join the Gustafson Family in shaping the future of Gladwyne Montessori! Bill and Leigh Gustafson, grateful recipients of tuition assistance for their three children in the 1970s, are generously contributing $100,000 to support our Tuition Assistance Program, provided we can match their support with $100,000 in donations from other Gladwyne Montessori community members. Their goal is to create an endowment that ensures all students can access the full Gladwyne Montessori educational experience equitably and inclusively. Having witnessed the transformative impact of a Gladwyne Montessori education on their children and grandchildren, they now challenge us to match their donation.

Donors are invited to contribute to this transformative endeavor, playing a pivotal role in ensuring our families feel supported throughout their time at Gladwyne Montessori. By investing in Gladwyne Montessori's tuition assistance endowment fund, supporters become champions of equity and access, propelling Gladwyne Montessori towards a future where every student can thrive regardless of financial constraints. Together, we can build a community that values and prioritizes the inclusive excellence of a Montessori education, empowering young minds and fostering a love for learning.

Let's unlock their gift by raising an additional $100,000, creating an enduring endowment for future generations. Your contribution helps ensure that every qualifying family has continued access to an exceptional Gladwyne Montessori education for generations to come.

Honor the Gustafson Family's legacy, champion inclusivity, and propel us toward a future of educational excellence. Donate now!

Join us in honoring one or more of your child's favorite teachers. When you make a gift, you can choose to honor a teacher with your donation, and then you will be able to leave a note for a teacher. We are in touch with many retired and former Gladwyne Montessori teachers, and we will be sure to pass those messages along! Be sure to choose "Honor a teacher" and then add the name of your favorite teacher(s). Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at at advancement@gladwyne.org.


Get ready to be inspired! Earlier this year, Bill and Leigh Gustafson, joined by their youngest daughter Laurie, reached out with a heartfelt mission. They wanted to pay forward the life-changing opportunity they received when they first stepped onto our campus in the late 1970s. Facing financial hurdles, they yearned to continue their three childrens' Montessori journey after moving from Ohio to Philadelphia. Thanks to tuition assistance from Gladwyne Montessori, their dream became a reality, sparking immense gratitude.

Fast forward to 2024, and their family's ties to Gladwyne Montessori run deep. Not only did all three children attend Gladwyne Montessori, but Laurie, carrying the torch, entrusted us with her own children's education. Bill, also a former Gladwyne Montessori trustee, even left his mark as an architect, helping to design the space that currently houses our Toddler classrooms and school library.

Their story is a testament to the joy and lifelong connections fostered at GMS. Now, as proud supporters, they're helping us rally excitement around this important opportunitity. They emphasize the importance of giving back, especially to causes close to their hearts, like our Endowed Tuition Assistance Fund. This fund breaks barriers, ensuring all students, regardless of background, can thrive in our nurturing environment.

Bill and Leigh's generosity ignites our community's spirit of philanthropy. Their dedication to equal opportunities inspires us to uphold inclusivity and excellence. Together, let's seize the power of education to transform lives and build a brighter future for all at Gladwyne Montessori.

There are many ways to make a contribution toward this $100,000 challenge!

  • Make a Pledge (Click here to make your pledge today)
  • Pay online (above)
  • Make a gift of stock or securities
  • Pay by check or donor advised fund (Directed to Gladwyne Montessori, 920 Youngsford Road, Gladwyne, 19035. Please note that your contribution should be directed to "tuition assistance".)

Any questions - please email Ahsiya Scovern or call (610) 649-1761 ext. 112.