Presidents Email – November 19, 2018
Welcome to my November update:
Greetings. At this time of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank you for your support and interest in NSA over the past year. Because we accept no state or federal aid, we are dependent upon the generosity of friends and benefactors like you to help us grow. We are attempting to raise $15 million over the next five years in order to accomplish several ends which we call Build NSA. The aim of those ends is to:
1. Transform our Cadillac Jack’s building into our north campus building by extensive remodeling in stages.
2. Create a scholarship reservoir fund in order to continue to make an NSA education affordable for students who need or merit scholarship assistance.
3. Create an endowment fund in order to provide a financial base anchor for the college.
4. Continue our educational and media outreach through various avenues.
This combined growth and fundraising effort is no small feat. As you contemplate your end of the year giving, would you please consider donating to one of these four aims of our Build NSA endeavor? You may do so here: https://www.nsa.edu/buildnsa/. No gift is too large or too small, and all gifts help us not only to continue our work here, but to advance it.
In addition to reviewing the situation of New Saint Andrews College, we would like to recognize some of our educational partners who have been doing fundamental work in the area of classical, Christian education. This week, we would like to bring the work of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) to your attention. The ACCS describes itself as the primary public advocate for classical Christian education, offering an extensive array of member services to help build distinctive schools.
The president of the ACCS is David Goodwin, and he is also a parent of an NSA student. President Goodwin recently related the following story that is representative of the feedback that we often receive from parents: “She was back [home] at break and another parent asked her how she was liking college. She was standing with a friend, who is at college back East. Her friend was mixed. My daughter held up one thumb, thought half a second, and added two thumbs up. She absolutely loves it there. And, more importantly, she’s learning the right stuff, and a lot of it.”
Currently, there are fifty-nine undergraduate students enrolled at New Saint Andrews who hail from ACCS schools, and many of them are thankful for the ACCS Alumni Scholarship and the ACCS Educators Scholarship which NSA offers to qualified incoming freshmen.
National Honor Choir is a special coordinated effort between NSA and the ACCS and is held at the ACCS annual conference (aptly titled Repairing the Ruins). This inspiring week consists of intense musical rehearsals and study, culminating in a choir concert for the enjoyment of conference attendees. Interested ACCS students can apply here to participate in the choir: https://music.nsa.edu/2019-honor-choir/.
For these and other reasons, NSA is pleased to partner with The Association of Classical and Christian Schools in sharing the goal of rebuilding the educational process from kindergarten through college and even graduate school. Thank you for your interest in and support of reforming education in America and across the world through NSA and the ACCS. And may you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
President of New Saint Andrews College