Thanks & Recognition

Upon his death, James W. Ellsworth left a substantial portion of his estate to Western Reserve Academy. His initial gift of $4 million served as the beginning of our endowment. For many years, the James W. Ellsworth Trust was our only form of endowment, and the earnings from it provided operating income to keep Western Reserve Academy financially solvent. Could he have ever imagined where his gift would lead? More than 96 years later our endowment is valued in excess of $116 million; the WRA endowment provides more than 20% of the school's operating budget. Over the years, the generosity of alumni, parents and friends of Western Reserve Academy who have supported our endowed funds has provided thousands of students the opportunity to benefit from scholarship gifts, and recognized deserving faculty members for their dedication and achievements. Every gift to Western Reserve Academy’s endowment makes a difference by strengthening the institution’s financial foundation and sets the pace for the future.

Whether you are an alumnus of the school, an alumni parent, a current parent, a grandparent or a friend of WRA, we thank you for your continued support and dedication.


Read our latest Annual Reports
Every gift to Western Reserve Academy is truly appreciated and wisely used.

Learn more about Consistent Giving
We graciously thank and honor our donors for their dedication to preserving the past and focusing on the future – our 2018-19 Brick Row Legends

What is Endowment Giving?
Every gift to Western Reserve Academy’s endowment strengthens the institution’s financial foundation and sets the pace for the future.