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NPS welcomes your generous support of our endowment to provide a reliable and consistent source of income in perpetuity for financial aid, professional development, teacher resources, counseling services and student leadership and learning.

We are grateful to the families in our community who have established endowed funds that continue to provide sustainable support for our school. 

To learn more about supporting the NPS Endowment, please contact Director of Development Mary Marra

Open Doors Fund

The Open Doors Fund for Financial Aid was established in 2021 by an anonymous donation to ensure that children from historically underrepresented backgrounds will benefit from an NPS education. The Open Doors Fund supplements the school's financial aid program, which provides need-based tuition assistance to students at all grade levels at NPS. This transformational endowment gift galvanizes the school's collective commitment to socieconomic diversity, which enriches the educational experience of all our students, now and in the future. 

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NPS founder and first headmistress patricia cunningham

Patricia Cunningham Endowment

Dr. George “Woody” Cunningham created the Patricia Cunningham Endowment to support the Cunningham Citizen Scholar Award for student leadership and faculty professional development at NPS.

Patricia “Pat” Cunningham was the first Head of School of NPS, and she and Dr. Cunningham were instrumental in founding the school in 1969. Mrs. Cunningham led the school for three years and then returned to the classroom, teaching Pre-Kindergarten at NPS as a continuation of a long and distinguished career in education. Following Mrs. Cunningham’s retirement from teaching, she and Dr. Cunningham maintained strong ties with both NPS and National Presbyterian Church.

In 2008, a year after Mrs. Cunningham’s passing, Dr. Cunningham and NPS established the Patricia Cunningham Citizen-Scholar Award, presented annually at Graduation to a 5th Grader who “exemplifies the NPS Core Values and is regarded as a class leader, person of character, and demonstrates a commitment to serving others through compassion and humility.” 

Given their roles as exceptional educators and leaders during the formative years of NPS, the Cunninghams' legacy fittingly supports leadership and lifetime learning among students and faculty.


General Endowment

The General Endowment Fund provides unrestricted support to NPS, entrusting to the Board of Trustees and our School administration its use for the school’s greatest priorities and operational needs each year. Uses may include but are not limited to:
  • Ensuring NPS remains accessible to families from across the greater Washington D.C. area by controlling tuition increases and funding financial aid for families from all backgrounds.
  • Enhancing programs including general operations, financial aid, and professional development.
  • Helping to attract, compensate, and retain exceptional faculty and staff in an increasingly high-cost region.
Endowment support of these priorities ensure that NPS and its traditions remain dynamic and thriving for future generations of students.
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