On Friday, December 7 at the Upper School meeting, Head of School Jess Hill announced an exciting new program. The alumnae National Advisory Council (NAC) has established the Stephanie Balmer NAC Grant to serve as a lasting tribute to Dr. Balmer. This Grant will be awarded each year to a junior for an internship or special study program during the summer before her senior year. Dr. Balmer inspired our school community with her enthusiasm for learning and her courage to step outside of her comfort zone. NAC hopes to continue Dr. Balmer's legacy by awarding a grant to a student who wishes to engage in an internship or summer program that will expand the student's educational experience in preparation for college and her career and that reflects a courageous pursuit of knowledge in a field of great interest to the student.
NAC is an organization created by the Board of Trustees to promote the general welfare of the School. Its members consist of selected leaders from our alumnae from around the country. Through its activities, the Council fosters among its members and throughout the community an enlightened understanding of the strengths and values of Harpeth Hall. One of the responsibilities of the Council is to assist in the development of Harpeth Hall through support for present and future programs of the School. At the NAC spring meeting in April, Council co-chairs Alison Smith '79 and Marcie Allen Van Mol '92 proposed, "how can we as a Council remember and celebrate Dr. Balmer?" After much discussion, the Council members proposed the idea to create and fund a summer internship or special study program.
This new program illustrates one of the wonderful ways that our alumnae support our students and invest in their success. Rising seniors can build upon their own Winterim experience, pursue an internship in a field that interests them, or attend an enriching summer program that expands their mind or develops a talent. Interested students should contact Ms. Jenny Byers, Director of College Counseling to apply.