The Class of 1948’s Legacy of Friendship

The annual Class of 1948 Awards represent one of the most significant gestures of friendship on behalf of alumni to the school. This historic class created the ’48 Awards in 1998 in celebration of their 50th reunion.

Amanda Harter Fogle-Donmoyer ’99 was the first recipient of a ’48 award, which she used to undertake a photography project of girls in Ghana. Since then, 80 students have used ’48 Awards for projects ranging from study of animation to work for women’s reproductive rights and the number of recipients each year has grown from one to multiple. Over the years, to show their support for this important student work, members of the class have returned to MB annually to hear each year’s student presentations.

Last year the four rising seniors selected for ’48 Awards had to be creative and resilient to carry out their plans during the pandemic. Savanna Rust interned with the New York Civil Liberties Union; Quincy Kizekai worked with Community Music Works; Julia Ruhl worked with Sakala, a nonprofit that supports youth in Haiti through sports; and Shya Salazar explored domestic violence in Rhode Island, working with Sojourner House.

Says Julia (right), “The Class of ’48 Award offers an outstanding possibility for individuals to follow their passions and interests. It supports students to spread their creativity throughout their community and around the world. However, it doesn’t only benefit the one receiving the grant. It often benefits the outside communities involved who experience amazing changes that result.”

The 2021 recipients of the Class of 1948 Awards – Abigail B., Altan C., Meredith J., Lourdes N. and Sofia S. – recently presented their projects to the upper school in the Woodman Center.