Financial aid is a gift to recipients and a gift to Concord Academy. To student recipients, financial aid promises equal access to CA’s outstanding education. To the school, enrolling students with demonstrated financial need promises broader perspectives. Both promises are important, and CA’s pledge to honor them, as a community and as an institution, is unwavering.

For me, financial aid is deeply personal. Without it, I would not be where I am. Financial aid opened doors that might have been closed to me otherwise. But because of the generosity of people like you, I got the chance to study what I loved, and for the past 30 years I’ve had the very good fortune to do a job that I love.

I don’t remember all the details about the moment I got word that I’d been awarded a scholarship to attend college, but I do remember exactly how I felt. I remember being amazed and deeply grateful at being given the freedom to pursue a college degree, something my parents had not been able to do. I felt this opportunity as an affirmation of who I was, and more importantly, of who I might become.

I see that same sense of affirmation in the faces of students here at CA. I can see and hear it in the parents of those students. They know what affirmation feels like — it means “Yes, you can.” It means “Yes, you matter.” It means “Yes, we need you.” And it means “Yes, you belong.” That’s a powerful message, a message that can shape not just a moment, but a lifetime.

Rick Hardy
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair