Brewster Announces the Peter Hess Endowed Scholarship
June 20, 2017 – Brewster is proud to announce the establishment of the Peter Hess Endowed Scholarship in recognition of longtime teacher, coach, and administrator, Peter T. Hess. Peter will be leaving Brewster at the end of June after 29 years of devoted service to the Academy. He has accepted a position as an independent consultant working with Hobart & William Smith Colleges while his wife pursues her pre-doctoral internship at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Peter Hess Endowed Scholarship was first established in May 2013 as the Stine Family Scholarship Fund, thanks to the generosity of Craig and Kathy Stine (Jack ’13). The Stine Family wanted to recognize and thank both Peter Hess and instructional support teacher Peter Mann “for their dedication, innovative approach to education, and commitment to teaching excellence.” The intent was to rename the scholarship for Peter Hess and Peter Mann upon their respective retirements. With Peter Hess’s departure, the fund will be split, with the Stine Family Scholarship continuing to honor Peter Mann.
The Peter Hess Endowed Scholarship will support one student each year, in perpetuity, offering students for decades to come the opportunity to attend Brewster, and Peter Hess’s remarkable legacy will continue on at Brewster.
Peter began at Brewster in 1988 as a teacher in Brewster’s Learning Skills program. His wife Cindy taught math from 1988-1991 and they are the parents of three Brewster graduates: Emily ’08, Maggie ’11, and Jeremy ’13. Over the 29 years that Peter dedicated to Brewster he consistently focused on the design and support of Brewster’s teaching and learning practices and how technology supports those practices.
In addition to his work with curriculum development and technology during his tenure, Peter played an integral role in Brewster athletics. From the early nineties, he has been coaching boys’ basketball and assisting with both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams.
From teacher, coach, dean, to assistant head of school, Peter has worn many hats, inspired Brewster’s teachers, parents, and students, and defined Brewster’s best pedagogical practices.
Financial aid scholarships play an important role in ensuring that talented, deserving students are offered the opportunities afforded by a Brewster education. More than 30 percent of Brewster students receive financial aid to attend the Academy each year. These scholarships are made possible by the forward-thinking philanthropy of Brewster alumni, parents, and friends who have established endowed funds to provide for the next generation of Brewster students.