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Building education's superheroes by building the endowment

Posted December 28, 2017

Because the Hopkins School of Education is perennially ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the world, there is often an assumption—even among some of our biggest fans—that we don't need much help, philanthropically. But that's not true.

Yes, our students are like superheroes. They are some of the nation's most talented and dedicated educators, counselors, scholars and public servants. Yet most of them fund the majority of their own education without any "superpowers"—a.k.a., scholarship support.

To put things in perspective, the overall endowment of Johns Hopkins University exceeds $3 billion, while the School of Education's is approximately $8 million. That means that despite our leadership in education research, practice, and policy, we have a lot of ground to make up in securing solid support for tomorrow's education leaders.

This year marks our 10th anniversary, so we've launched "10 for 10"—a special initiative to fund 10 new endowed scholarships. This drive recognizes our success but also challenges us to live up to the commitment we all feel so deeply. With several new funds already in place, we're eagerly looking forward to the impact of these gifts on our students.

To learn more about this initiative and how you can help, please contact Michele Ewing, associate dean for development and external relations.

About Christopher Morphew

Prior to becoming dean of the School of Education in August 2017, Christopher Morphew was professor and executive associate dean in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. He holds a Ph.D. in social sciences and education from Stanford University, as well as degrees from Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame. His most recent book, The Challenges of Independent Colleges, co-edited with John Braxton, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2017.