Boys have never needed Woodberry Forest School  more than they do today. 
The world has never needed Woodberry Forest School more than it does today.



"The Campaign for the Boys honors those boys who have come before us, sustains those here now, and prepares the way for those yet to come."          


— Headmaster Byron Hulsey '86


To secure Woodberry’s mission of educating boys in a community built on intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity, we have launched The Campaign for the Boys. This campaign will advance the student experience for decades to come by endowing support for tuition assistance and for the school’s faculty and staff. The Campaign for the Boys has already helped fund the complete restoration of the Walker Building, ensuring this iconic space will remain at the heart of the Woodberry student experience.

Tuition Assistance 


Secure the long-term resources needed to make a Woodberry education available to any boy with the talent and desire to succeed as a Tiger and make the school more affordable to all families by allowing for lower, more sustainable increases in tuition in the years ahead. 

Faculty Support

Provides resource to ensure the school can hire and retain the very best faculty and staff who will know, challenge, and love Woodberry boys each and every day.

Walker Building  


Restore the Walker Building, which has been the heart of our campus since 1899, so that it can serve boys' needs for decades to come

“We try to teach that education is training for service to others rather than success for one’s self; to give rather than to get; for sacrifice rather than gratification.”


— J. Carter Walker, 1955

Campaign Progress
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new scholarship funds created for tuition assistance


new endowment funds created to support faculty and student programs


million raised to support the Walker Building renovation

The Challenge

In order to reach $125M the current and former Board is challenging the Tiger Nation. Woodberry has a proud tradition of collective philanthropy. The school has the highest alumni giving rate of any school or university in the country. Past campaigns for the school have drawn on a deep and broad pool of support, receiving gifts of every size from alumni, parents, and friends. The Campaign for the Boys is no different. 


To achieve the campaign’s objectives in the next year and a half, three extraordinary Tigers — Laura Bucholz, Bill Caler ’63, and Fred Lummis ’71 generously pledged $5 million toward tuition assistance and challenged the current board of trustees to match it, which they promptly did, bringing the total to $10M. The board then turned around and challenged all former trustees to match their $10M, and we have secured $20M. Now the current and former trustees are challenging the Woodberry community to raise the last $20M, enabling us to reach our $125M goal to bring us across the finish line. It will take the participation of every member of the Woodberry community to achieve this ambitious goal and secure the future of the school in perpetuity. If we meet this challenge, we will meet the goals of the campaign and secure Woodberry’s unique culture and style of education for future decades of students. Whether it's a contribution to the Amici Fund or the creation of a new scholarship in the endowment, the gift will go towards the challenge.

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The Impact of Investing
in Woodberry

The Asherman Family 

The Asherman Family Fund In Honor Of Joseph G. Coleman ’79 will support faculty recruitment and honor Joe’s service to Woodberry Forest School. In his twenty-four years at Woodberry, Joe Coleman ’79 has shaped the lives of thousands of boys.

Headmaster Byron Hulsey ’86 spent a year in Joe’s English class when he was a new boy and Joe a new faculty member fresh out of Princeton University. Many boys remember campus tours and interviews with Joe — or hearing from him that they’d been admitted — during his fifteen years in the admission office, which he eventually led as its director.

Bill Hudgins '68 and Wilda Dodson

When Bill Hudgins ’68 and Wilda Dodson were preparing their estate plans, both wanted to recognize Woodberry’s impact on Bill’s life. 


Bill came to Woodberry from the small, southside Virginia town of Victoria, entering as a fifth former. “I was really in need of a place where I could grow intellectually,” Bill says. “I had a lot of catching up to do and was literally learning to write in those years.”


So as Bill and Wilda were planning, each decided to make a bequest and to join the Walker Society. Wilda’s gift will establish a tuition assistance fund named after Bill, while Bill’s gift will fund a scholarship named after his parents.

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Ways to Support

From the Amici Fund to capital and endowment support to planned giving, there are many ways to invest in the future of Woodberry Forest School. All gifts ultimately fall into one of two categories: present support or perpetual support. 


Present support — gifts that are used immediately, largely consist of gifts to the Amici Fund and capital support. Gifts to the Amici Fund support the experience of boys here now, and account for 10 percent of the school’s operating budget, paying for everything from faculty salaries to scholarships for students. Capital support is used to improve the school’s physical plant from the renovation of the Walker building to the construction of new faculty homes.

Endowed support — Endowed funds are invested by the board of trustees and investment committee with an eye toward maximizing long-term returns. Income and appreciation of the original gift allows the school to receive funds each year while the initial capital is preserved and continues to grow. Endowed funds support tuition assistance for students, faculty support or programming - these gifts provide a lasting legacy that will benefit the school in perpetuity. Establishing a new fund or supporting an existing fund in the Woodberry endowment means your gift will support the school forever.


If you would like to continue the conversation, please reach out to:

Catherine Wharton                  
Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs
and Chief Development Officer             
(540) 672-6183

Kristina Jones

Director of Campaign Operations

(540) 672-6078

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