In the summer of 2018, the Class of 1971 launched an ambitious fundraising effort to establish an endowed scholarship fund in memory of beloved classmate Peter Alfond, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. The class had originally announced the intention of raising $250,000 by their 50th Reunion in 2021. As of October 2019, the original $250,000 goal has not only been met, but has been exceeded with a total of $323,000 raised to date and a new goal of $500,000 set.
In addition to this impressive fundraising achievement, Peter Alfond’s classmate and friend Andy Nelson ’71 attended The Governor’s Academy Trustee retreat this past September and, along with Board President Jim Pierce ’72, P’08, announced that a $1 million challenge grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation has been awarded to the Academy. The Foundation, established by Peter’s father in 1950 to further the family’s philanthropic legacy, awarded the grant to match two-for-one gifts made in honor of Peter Alfond between now and the class reunion in June 2021. Once the Class of 1971 has completed its new goal, the Class of 1971 Peter Alfond Memorial Scholarship will total $1.5 million to support the endowed financial aid program at the Academy.
The thoughtful philanthropy in honor of Peter Alfond’s memory and the generosity of the Harold Alfond Foundation provides an especially meaningful tribute to Peter, who was an inspiration to his friends, classmates, and family. As Andy Nelson remarked during the Trustee retreat, Peter Alfond was a “connector;” he embodied the Govs ideal of community and had the true courage to try new things as a student; he was not defined by one particular talent and embraced many new opportunities while here. Andy spoke of Peter’s kind, engaging, and inclusive nature, and the lifelong friendships that began at the Academy, all values that will be his legacy and continue to be part of the Academy’s enduring qualities today.