These funds are a permanent investment in the future of Farragut as a commitment to furthering the mission for future generations while providing immediate support through the Foundation’s annual distribution.
The Foundation was created in 1997 and has acted as the school’s separate 501(c)(3) endowment since. These funds are a permanent investment in the future of Farragut as a commitment to furthering the mission for future generations while providing immediate support through the Foundation’s annual distribution. Endowed funds are invested, rather than used as cash for immediate needs. The earnings from the endowment are distributed to support financial aid programs, academic or athletic programs, boarding programs, and facilities. One hundred percent of alumni gifts are directed to The Foundation (unless otherwise specified by the donor).
This fund was established to honor two outstanding coaches, Stanley Slaby (N) and Michael Nicholson (S). The distribution from this fund provides for the purchase of athletic equipment and supplies for current and future athletic programs. In Spring of 2011 the first distribution was made from this fund; $4,259; to help purchase team uniforms and a pneumatic high jump mat.
The Pine Beach Tribute Fund is intended to memorialize the Pine Beach Campus by continuing to create support for the boarding experience. This fund will support family style dining, company specific off-campus gatherings, and other team building and leadership development exercises throughout the year for our boarders.
William R. Masciangelo, Sr. ’37N Student Enrichment Fund
This fund was established to honor the memory of William R. Masciangelo, Sr. ‘37N. The distribution from this fund is designated toward the primary needs of the Academy and the tuition needs of its cadets. In Spring of 2011 the first distribution was made from this fund; $6,000, to help fund programs for the boarding community and make improvements to the dormitory facilities.
A group of Admiral Farragut Academy alumni who are Nantucket residents has created a scholarship to allow a Nantucket High School student to spend their junior and senior year at the Academy as a full-time boarding student.
This fund is dedicated to the support of Admiral Farragut Academy’s Military Arts. With the growing popularity of both the “Admiral’s Own Band” and our Exhibition Drill Team and Color Guard, both programs have an ever increasing need for the support of our community. Each team travels annually to a variety of events such as Veterans Day parades, political and athletic events, and are used in a number of special occasions throughout the city and state.
This fund was founded by Kurt’s classmate and Friend to Farragut, Chris Chiari ‘92N and has awarded nearly $15,000 in financial aid since its inception. Kurt graduated as the Drum Major of the Admiral’s Own Band and passed away just months after graduation. Cadets with an interest and commitment toward the band will be considered for this financial aid award.
This fund was established as the Senior Class Gift of the Class of 2009 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the school. This fund will continue to grow through the generosity of class members, family and friends until the fund has matured to sustain one student’s tuition for their senior year.
We know that many of you already donate to funds within the Foundation and we thank you! We can see how our gifts are making a difference in the lives of the cadets. This year, we ask you to direct your support to the newly established fund; Class of 1973 Fund – $40,000 for 40 years. The purpose of this fund will be to support a financial aid recipient for fours years of high school and award a new recipient every four years. This student will be selected by a scholarship committee based on academic and extracurricular criteria.
Farragut Aviation Academy Director Robert Ewing recently said, “Having taught Farragut cadets to fly for the past 16 years, I know the impact flight training can have on a cadet’s self esteem. Flight training instils all the qualities we want in our young people today; effective communication, responsibility, and accountability. Furthermore, it encourages our educational goals by developing an appreciation and understanding of science, technology and mathematics.”
The cost of flight training has risen significantly over the last few years, making the affordability of this program very difficult for many of our current students. With your support we can offer flight training to all deserving cadets, as well as provide annual enhancements for our Aviation Program, continuing the proud Farragut tradition of providing quality, professional flight training.
The SW Florida Scholarship exists as a way for members of different areas to not only give back to their community but back to Farragut in the form of financial aid. Each year, the committee will select a candidate to receive the two year (Junior & Senior) financial aid award.
Ignited by a great weekend of bonding during Homecoming 2013, the Class of ‘63N left excited and ready to honor their class as a whole, especially their fallen Battalion Commander, Vic Saitta.
“This year’s Homecoming and Class Reunion was fantastic. Reconnecting with fellow Classmates priceless. Now we need to find a way to give back to our Alma Mater for the role it played in making us who we are today,” said CDR Robert Kurz ’63N USN (ret).
CDR Kurz and four of his class members then banded together with initial donations, and as of December 1, 2013 the Vic Saitta ‘63N Memorial Scholarship Fund was officially formed within the Foundation to keep the memories, names, and history of the Class of ‘63N alive.
Named in honor of two long time Naval Science officers and waterfront staff, this fund’s exclusive responsibility to expand the offerings at the waterfront while maintaining a safe and equipped fleet of vessels for our cadets.
Brig Gen. Charlie Duke ’53S, USAF (ret) Engineering Scholarship
The Brig Gen. Charlie Duke ’53S, USAF (ret) Engineering Scholarship was official announced and dedicated in December of 2013 at the Union League of Philadelphia event. This fund will support a Financial Aid award of an engineering minded student.
Recognizes those donors who have cumulatively given $100,000 or more to benefit Admiral Farragut Academy. These special donors are recognized on the Wheel of Honor located in the main lobby of Farragut Hall and also receive a ceremonial blue jacket.
BlueJacket Club Donors
Mrs. Alla Bershadskya and Mr. Anatoly Svedlin
Mr. Edward N. Cannon Sr. ‘34N
COL E.K. Cleveland
Mr. and Mrs. Edward DeSeta ’67N
Mr. Harold Gaines ‘50S
Mr. Martin Garcia
Ms. Bernadette Hart
Ms. Janet Huntley
Mr. Stuart Lasher
Mr. George J. Michel, Jr. ’49S
Mr. Alfred Ross ‘49S
Dr. Jean-Francois Rossignol
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sokolowski
Mr. Frank Wendt ‘42N
Heritage Society Members
A Heritage Society membership indicates that Admiral Farragut Academy and/or the Foundation is included in the estate plans of a donor. Some will give through a simple bequest by way of their will, others will transfer the ownership of life insurance or a percentage of their IRA, while others will elect to use one of the many options available through various trust arrangements. The method is not as important as the decision.
The Heritage “100” Society is designed to recognize the first 100 donors who have chosen to become Heritage Society members. Following are the names of those who have notified us of their intentions to be among the first 100.
Heritage "100" Society Members
1. Frank Wendt ‘42N and Barbara
2. George J. Michel, Jr ‘49S
3. Kay Harper
4. Richard G. Wheeler
5. Robert and Anita Fine
6. Joseph “Chris” Slusher ‘86S
7. Ed DeSeta ‘67N
8. Don Schreiber ‘46N
9. Christian Wagner ‘82N
10. James S. Wood ‘45N
11. Tony and Tonya Sloan
12. Alan Atwood ‘52N
13. Michael ‘80S and Karen Hajek
14. Dr. Glenn Mitchell
15. Karen Bacon
16. CDR Robert R. Kurz ‘63N
17. J. Val Smith ‘47N and Sylvia
18. Howard Sakolsky ‘47S
19. Laurence Upham ‘53S and Kathy
20. Gary H. Amsterdam ‘68N and Donna
21. Jeff Ogden ‘00S
22. Derek and Victoria Raymer
23. Benjamin H. Troemel ‘73S
24. Rob Hailey ‘76S
25. Tom McClelland
26. Donald Doornbos ‘63S and Carol
27. Thomas Miller ‘73N and Kari*
28. Joe Sloan
29. Phillip Hurt ‘38N and Lona
30. Allen Breed ‘39N and Rebecca
31. Bailey Norton ‘39N
32. Randy Kressler ‘60N
33. John Gardella ‘41N
34. Coach Stan Slaby
35. Matt Sokolowski ‘92S
36. Don Baker ‘45N
37. Stewart D. Woolley ‘44N
38. Al Ferrante ‘64N
39. Pete Musser ‘44N
40. Tom Birmingham ‘64S
41. Bjorn Nielsen ‘43N
42. Martin Ludwig ‘54N
43. Bill Emerson ‘52S
44. Rudy Kohler ‘58S
45. A.F. “Ron” Krantz ‘59N
46. William Butler ‘64S
47. Eric Engler ‘61N
48. Phil Pratt ‘63N
49. Bill Siebel ‘64S
50. Richard J. DeWitt ‘65S
51. George Kinemond ‘66S
52. Robert Matthies ‘67N
53. Robert Hudson ‘71S
54. Art Musicaro ‘73N and Vicky*
55. Mike Nicholson
56. Murray Fine ‘54N and Margaret
57. Jake and Ingrid Jacobus
58. George Goldstein ‘50N
59. Hal Blakemore ‘75*
60. Robert and Claudia Sokolowski
61. Terry Hirsch
62. Peter Hughes ‘61N
63. Jim King ‘51S
64. CAPT David Arms ‘61S and Dottie
65. Sean Rankine ‘91N
100. Jyri Palm ‘87S