A significant aspect of Roeper, directly relying on its philosophy, is its commitment to achieve a diversity of race, culture, and economics and physical well-being in its students and their families. Gifted children come from all walks of life and their unique “silhouettes” are valued and enthusiastically embraced and celebrated at Roeper.
Founder George Roeper noted, “One of our basic principles is equal rights of all different ethnic and racial groups. We experienced the racist concepts of Nazi Germany, and there was no doubt in our mind that education should never allow this kind of prejudice because it sets people against each other and creates violence.” Diversity was central to George Roeper’s philosophy as an educator and humanitarian and, in 1955, Roeper became the first independent school in the area to integrate, as the founders cultivated an environment in which no individual was ever made to doubt his or her self-worth and was inspired to spread the same ideals throughout the world.
In addressing these fundamental philosophical principles, we have pursued a multi-faceted approach that largely relies on innovative and dynamic programming and a continuing commitment to tuition assistance programs. The importance of economic and ethnic diversity in the population Roeper serves is of paramount importance and vitally critical that it remain a priority in perpetuity.
Mariann Hoag was a leader, administrator, and visionary at the Roeper School for over 60 years. She served as the Chair of the Financial Aid committee for most of her tenure. She was the perfect mix of mother and taskmaster, knew every student by name, knew when to tell them to pull their socks up, and knew the greatness in every child. If there is a larger purpose in a life than was Mariann’s, it truly escapes us. She changed the course of the lives of generations of Roeper students because of her fierce and purposeful devotion. Established in her name, The Mariann Hoag Financial Aid Grant Award Program reminds us of a life lived to make a difference.
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