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Roycemore School has received a $1 million gift from William Hinchliff in memory of his parents, Mae B. & James D. Hinchliff.
Inspired by the experience his mother had as a Roycemore student and his own experience as a faculty member and trustee of the school, Bill envisioned that the gift from his parents’ charitable remainder trust would bolster Roycemore’s position as “the clear choice among families seeking a college preparatory school with high academic standards, a diverse environment, and personalized, project-based instruction.” The gift was designated to maintain and strengthen Roycemore in its second century, now at its 1200 Davis Street campus.
Dr. David Royko, a graduate of Roycemore’s class of 1977, remembers Mr. Hinchliff as the kind of teacher who would “make you pay attention to, and love, things you thought might be boring, thanks to his genuine and almost giddy enthusiasm for sharing great literature.”
In speaking of the gift, Kathleen Scheidt, Board Chair, said, “We are deeply honored to receive this transformative gift from Bill. His belief in Roycemore’s mission and vision has inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic and allowed us to focus on providing a healthy and safe school environment for faculty and students while also planning for Roycemore’s future.”
Roycemore’s robust Health and Safety Plan enabled faculty and students to attend school in person for the majority of the school year, an especially important opportunity for this year’s senior class. It’s typical for 100% of Roycemore’s graduates to earn admission to college, often at each student’s dream school. With the benefit of personalized curricula, a dual-enrollment option at Northwestern University, and dedicated college admissions counseling, the 25 seniors in Roycemore’s Class of 2021 received almost $3 million in four-year scholarship award offers. Roycemore’s 2021 graduates will attend colleges as varied as Boston University, Brandeis, CalTech, Colgate University, Culinary Institute of America, Dickinson, Grinnell, Loyola University Chicago, MIT, Michigan State University, New York University, Northwestern University, Occidental College, UC Davis, University of Georgia, and University of Pennsylvania.
That’s “an especially significant achievement given the current college admissions environment,” said Mauricio Robert, Roycemore’s College Counselor. “This year, the class of 2021 faced quite arguably the most competitive college admissions season in the history of higher education. Admissions processes were complicated by the absence of standardized tests, which led to a massive surge in application numbers since a major entry barrier no longer existed.”
Roycemore School will hold its 104th Commencement exercises on June 4.