Roland Park Country School Receives Transformative $1.75 Million Gift to Support STEM/STEAM

Roland Park Country School Receives Transformative $1.75 Million Gift to Support STEM/STEAM

1/29/20—Roland Park Country School (RPCS) received a $1.75 million pledge from alumna Holliday “Holly” Cross Heine, from the class of 1962, and her husband John “Jack” C. Heine. The gift will create three separate endowments to fund a new K-8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Director role, the existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Director position, and the school’s signature STEM Institute

Head of School Caroline Blatti said, “I am profoundly grateful to Holly and Jack for their generosity and enthusiastic support of our comprehensive STEM and STEAM curricula, which span every grade level and department. I am also so honored that as an alumna who has built such a successful career in this field, Holly shares our purpose of intentionally harnessing our students’ boundless imaginations and curiosity to give them the confidence, knowledge, and tools they need to build a solid foundation and deep understanding of these concepts.”

A graduate of MIT with a Ph.D. and from Suffolk University with a J.D., Holly turned her passion for the sciences into a thriving career as a patent attorney. She expressed, “My husband and I decided to make this commitment because we believe in the power of a STEAM/STEM education and in Roland Park Country School’s ability to equip more young women with the critical skills that are necessary to have a career in these fields, if they wish.”