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Northwood School Awarded Edward E. Ford Foundation Matching Grant

Northwood School Awarded Edward E. Ford Foundation Matching Grant

Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation to Support the Match


Lake Placid, NY (July 26, 2021) – Northwood School has received a $100,000 matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The grant provides for the expansion of the Advanced STEM Research Program for Northwood students by creating a public-private partnership with area public schools and universities to share research equipment, data, and mentors with expertise in students’ chosen areas of research.

“We are deeply grateful to the Edward E. Ford Foundation for the opportunity to apply for this grant and subsequently appreciate the confidence and support that this award will provide our students and community,” states Michael Maher, Head of School. 

The grant of $100,000 is awarded on a matching basis of $1 from the Foundation for every $1 raised by Northwood School. To date, the Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation has committed to a $50,000 grant and an additional $12,000 has been received from a Northwood alumnus. The school’s advancement office is soliciting parents of Northwood School students, Northwood alumni, and other grant-making organizations to help raise the remaining $38,000 in matching funds.

The funds will be used to purchase research equipment and laboratory supplies and underwrite a portion of the program director’s salary for two years. The program director will create a framework for faculty from area public schools to develop similar research programs, share equipment, data, and mentors. Faculty from more than a dozen area schools have already expressed an interest in participating in this program.

“This grant will assist with our mission of pooling resources to allow for a greater number of students to collect high-quality data over longer periods,” states Jill Walker, Director of the Advanced STEM Research Program. “This grant will directly provide the research that will positively impact the health of the communities and ecosystems that make up the Adirondack Park, while at the same time creating opportunities for students at all participating schools to distinguish themselves in the college admission process.”

For more information on this initiative or to learn how a gift can support the matching challenge, contact Jill Walker,

About Edward E. Ford Foundation 

The Edward E. Ford Foundation seeks to improve secondary education by supporting U.S. independent schools and encouraging promising practices. Through grant support to eligible schools and associations, the foundation aims to help them grow and develop in pursuit of their own missions. Beyond grant-making, the foundation shares what it learns, sponsors strategic meetings, and works with others to identify and respond to the most pressing challenges facing the field of secondary education.

About Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation

The Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation is a private foundation established in 1979 by Henry and Mildred Uihlein.  Since 2000 the Uihlein Foundation has supported 52 Lake Placid regional charitable organizations with over $10 million in grant support.  In addition, the Uihlein Foundation owns, maintains, and manages Heaven Hill Farm, the Uihlein Farm, Henrys Woods, and Heaven Hill Trails. 

About Northwood School 

Northwood School is a coeducational, independent boarding school in Lake Placid, NY, offering a trimester-based college-preparatory curriculum for students grades 9 through 12, plus a post-graduate year. The student body comprises 186 students from around the United States and the world, 85% of whom live on campus. Northwood offers a broad and challenging college-preparatory curriculum that includes a variety of Honors and AP courses. Building on the Northwood academic experience, students explore areas of interest with academic programs designed to strengthen intellectual abilities, promote character development, and advance interests in specific subject areas. Beyond the classroom, Northwood School offers students competitive athletic programs and co-curricular programs in the arts, music, outdoor recreation, community service, and robotics.