Knights of Saint Elizabeth

Dear Friends of the Academy,
I am one of countless parents who for many generations over the past 160 years-- made the economic sacrifice to send our daughters to a single-- gender, Catholic institution, so her potential could be fostered, nurtured, and ultimately realized. 
If, like me, you are grateful for the education you or your daughter received at the Academy of Saint Elizabeth, I invite you to join my wife, Kelly, and I by investing in the Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund.
My oldest daughter Shannon graduated with honors from the Academy of Saint Elizabeth in 2019 and currently attends Fairfield University’s Honors Program on a Magis Scholarship. Shannon thrived at Saint E’s, embarking on a journey of academic, spiritual, and civic development which prepared her very well for college.  My youngest daughter, Tara, is beginning her second year at Saint E’s, a member of the Class of 2024.
While my daughters independently chose where they wanted to spend their high school years, they both immediately felt at home when they entered the Academy. Whether it was the warm welcome, a course curriculum that challenged them academically, or the lifelong friendships they made, they both agree it was their Best Decision Ever.
As the Academy of Saint Elizabeth embarks on the 161st year of its legacy as the state’s oldest, all girls Catholic high school, I’d like to introduce myself as the Chairman of the new Knights of Saint Elizabeth committee of current & alumnae fathers whose common calling is to help ensure the continued sustainability of this very special institution. The Knights of Saint Elizabeth is a group of grateful fathers who, together with our families, wholeheartedly and charitably stand behind the mission of the Academy and take great pride in our daughters’ transformation as a result of the Academy experience. 
I humbly invite you to join me and all those we are fortunate enough to call, “Friends of the Academy'' to invest in the future of Saint Elizabeth. Today, we are blessed to be thriving, welcoming over 200 students this fall, but for the needs of tomorrow, we rely on our community to invest in the young women who call the Academy their home.
Later this fall, you will be receiving a phone call from a member of our inaugural Knights of Saint Elizabeth committee asking for your membership in an exclusive giving circle. We are asking you to honor our founding year by making a gift of $1,860 or more, yet every gift matters no matter the size. Philanthropic support from our generous community accounts for approximately 10% of our overall operating budget and allows us to award financial aid and scholarships. We rely on the steadfast and generous support of each of you, whether you are an alumna, a family member of an alumna or a family who is directly benefiting from Saint Elizabeth today, your support makes a difference.
Over the past three years, we have seen the impact of your investment in the Academy. The gym completely transformed into the ‘Panther Den’ for a much-needed fitness and wellness center. The Heart of the Academy, the study hall, has begun its transformation retaining its original architecture, but completely refreshed interior in time for the 161st school year.  Even more valuable is the consistency our daughters experienced during the pandemic. Students were in school all day, every day last year which gave them much needed normalcy in uncertain times. 
Gifts at the Founders’ Circle level or greater will be acknowledged with deep gratitude on a new donor wall in the study hall. We hope that by acknowledging your profound generosity you will inspire others to invest in the Legacy that Mother Mary Mehegan Xavier began when she founded our school in 1860.
With gratitude,
Charles Malone, Jr., P '19, '24
Chairman, Knights of Saint Elizabeth
Angelo Giambattista, P '13, '18
Matthew Scalaro, P '16
Gregory Lowndes, P '17
Perry Neilson, Jr.†, P '18
Kenneth Purzycki, P '19
Phillip Schubert, P '22
† In memoriam, honorary member 
Knights of Saint Elizabeth Mission

As fathers of Academy alumnae, we believe in the mission of the Academy of Saint Elizabeth, and want to ensure its legacy of academic, emotional, and spiritual development continues for current and future generations of young women. 
The role of an Annual Fund, like our Seton Fund, is to close the gap between the school's revenue and expenses. To give an idea how the Academy of Saint Elizabeth fairs in comparison to other similarly sized independent schools nationally, here are some statistics:

List of 4 items.

  • $4,500

    Per Student

    National Average Gap
    (Independent Schools)
  • $5,800

    Per Student

    National Average Gap
    (Independent Schools with
    <300 Students)
  • $2,200

    Per Student

    Academy Average Gap
    (2021-2022 Year)
  • $484,000


    Academy Annual Gap
    (2021-2022 Year)
J. Perry Neilson, Jr. and Caroline Neilson ’18 Award
The Knights of Saint Elizabeth presented its inaugural J. Perry Neilson, Jr. and Caroline Neilson ’18 Award to an outstanding father/daughter duo, Mark Hunter and Lulu Hunter, '22 at the Annual Gift Auction and Gala. The award was given "in recognition of their philanthropy, school spirit, service, and amazing life journey, and… their countless hours of charity for the Beautification Committee, Christmas Tree Lighting, Towards Boundless Charity and Parents’ Association."