NFA Foundation Announces Establishment of Jared Dillian '92 Award


The NFA Foundation is excited to announce the establishment of a new scholarship fund made possible by a gift of $100,000 from NFA alumnus Jared Dillian ‘92. 

The Jared Dillian ’92 Award will be given annually to a college-bound graduating senior and member of the marching band who demonstrates the highest standard of leadership, enthusiasm, and showmanship. The Jared Dillian ’92 Award is a merit-based scholarship.  

Dillian is a trader, entrepreneur, and author. He attributes much of his success to the life skills he learned while participating in the marching band. Jared was an award-winning drum major under the direction of Band Leader John Kuhner. He went on to also become drum major at the Coast Guard Academy, his college alma mater. 

Jared Dillian directing the marching band

Current band leader Kristen Motola said she was touched by how this gift exemplifies the role of drum major. She explains, “drum majors look after their team ahead of their own well-being to help everyone achieve their goals”.

Dillian encourages students to take risks and not be afraid of failure, saying, “my entire adult life has been a study in risk - as a Coast Guard officer, as a trader, as an author, and as an entrepreneur.  At various points in my life, I have bet nearly everything I had on myself. I would encourage students to do the same. If you're content and comfortable, it means you're not taking enough risk”.

The first Jared Dillian ’92 Award will be made to a deserving senior member of the marching band in May, 2021.


March Update for NFA Alumni Regarding COVID-19

The administration at NFA, along with health officials worldwide, are actively monitoring the local and global health status of COVID-19. NFA has taken proactive steps to minimize health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff and the larger community. Currently, campus is closed until March 31. NFA is offering “grab and go” meals at no charge to all students to help fill the nutrition gap while school is closed. The shutdown serves to remind us how schools, like NFA, are a vital piece of society, providing so much more than an education. 

We encourage you to stay informed as the situation is continually changing. We’ve included more information and resources regarding COVID-19 at the bottom of this email.  

Alumni events, of course, are significantly affected. On-campus alumni events are being canceled or postponed, as well as some off-campus reunion events. Our Alumni Relations Director, Linda Ververis, is working closely with reunion committees to ensure attendees have up-to-date and accurate information regarding their events. We will keep you informed about any changes to Commencement, scheduled for June 11, and the Reunion Weekend. We are unable to accept guests or visitors at Alumni House and cannot assist with in-person transcript requests at this time.

While we are not able to bring our community together physically right now, I hope you see this as a time to connect and support each other. We encourage you to reach out to each other by email, social media, and through our platform at NFA Connect.

These are difficult times for us all. Please take care of yourself and others. While we cannot anticipate all of the impacts of this virus, we do know the resiliency of the Academy and those who call NFA their alma mater. As always, we thank you for your continued support of Norwich Free Academy.




NFA Foundation Board Approves $550,000 in Educational Program Support for 2020-21

Since 2013-14, the NFA Foundation has provided over $10 million in tuition subsidies to Norwich Free Academy.  On January 21, the Foundation Board of Directors approved $1.2 million in tuition assistance for the 2020-21 school year.  

In addition, the Board approved $550,000 in support of the educational program, to directly benefit students and teachers during the 2020-21 year.

This funding is made possible thanks to the generosity of the many alumni and friends who established endowed funds benefitting Norwich Free Academy’s departments, programs, and students. Matching the current program needs to the donor-intended use of the endowments, 15 funds will be used to provide instructional supplies, technology, equipment, library books, textbooks, athletic uniforms, and more. 

The endowment funds supporting this grant are the Grace & Lewis Sears Fund, Northup Technology Fund, Dorothy Burns Estate Fund, Athletics Fund, Daniel Welton Fund, Alma Linderson Fund, Henry Norton Fund, Moses Pierce Fund, Museum Endowment, Principal’s Development Fund, Performing Arts Program Endowment, Computer & Technology Fund, Equipment Replacement Fund, Chapman Fund, and Alice Cardwell Fund.