When Alice Sun P’22 thinks back to her humble beginnings in China, she never imagined that her daughter would one day work on a cure for Alzheimer’s with labs across the globe during high school. “The opportunity for a young woman to collaborate and contribute to a STEM discipline was unheard of during my childhood,” she recalls. Inspired by the work her daughter, MeiMei Xue ’22, is undertaking as part of Blair’s Integrated Science Research course, Ms. Sun recently donated $50,000 to the Blair’s Class of 2022 scholarship in the hopes of connecting other students, who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a Blair education, to opportunities like these.
“For Blair to be the accelerant of this change, in so many young people, and a better future, engenders a special place in our family’s heart,” Ms. Sun explains. “We only hope our gift serves as an echo…and ripple…for many years, and generations of Blair alumni, to come!"
Indeed, it will. Thanks to the incredible generosity of parents like Ms. Sun as well as Shibo Jiang and Yaping Gao P’22 ’22, who made a donation to Blair in the amount of $200,000, the Class of 2022 has, so far, raised a record-breaking $374,310 for its scholarship.
“We are very fortunate to have generous parents and friends of the School who value philanthropy and understand that it makes a huge difference in being able to offer deserving students the opportunity to attend Blair and take advantage of all the School has to offer,” says Assistant Director of Advancement for Parent Relations Susan Long.
Since the inception of the senior-class scholarship in 2019, generous members of the Blair community have donated over $1 million. “That’s life-changing for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a Blair education,” says Chief Advancement Officer Craig Hall. Given the continued momentum in support of the senior-class gift, its positive impact on student scholarships at Blair and the example that is imparted to students about the value of philanthropy, Blair will continue the effort for future classes. Ms. Sun, for one, is glad for that.
“As a mother, I appreciate everything Blair has offered to Meimei, and I am committing myself to fully continuing to support this community. I believe that is the best way to educate MeiMei that she has more to give the world. Thanks to Blair, while she is working to make herself better; at the same time, she is helping other people around her grow to be better, too.”