Relationships are at the heart of the Bush admissions and financial aid program. This spring, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice kept this core value central to his work, focusing on ways to partner with families through the financial impact of COVID-19. Adam shared, “We believe that leading for social change means placing our values first. At Bush, this means prioritizing people and relationships.”
In reflecting on the last six months, Director of Enrollment Management and Communications Polly Fredlund shared, “We knew quickly that there would be a financial impact on our city and region when the COVID-19 health outbreak hit. As students and faculty pivoted to remote schooling, we began to investigate how the education sector was going to be impacted both in the short- and long- term. We looked back at information from the 2008 recession to understand how Bush navigated this period of financial uncertainty. We considered best-, likely-, and worst-case scenarios. We then brought a plan to the Board of Trustees and school leadership for how to best support families and the school through this crisis.”
The school’s leadership reaffirmed our core values, prioritizing additional resources to support tuition assistance, whether temporary or long-term, for families impacted by COVID-19 and the financial crisis. During this time, the school extended additional financial aid resources to over twenty-five students.
Equity and access are central to the school’s mission. The Bush School has been able to support students and families through a time of crisis because of these additional resources, ensuring that talented students of all backgrounds are able to fully engage in Bush’s educational experience.
We are stronger as a community having faced these challenges together.