The Powell Fund was established in 2010 with an inspirational gift from Dick Powell, class of 1968. A leadership donor to the Annual Fund over many years, Dick made the decision to endow a fund that would strengthen Oakwood’s financial position for the future while providing income to today’s needs. This year, a distribution was taken from the Powell Fund to enhance two programs with new technology.
The Academic Support Center provides individualized attention to students with diagnosed learning differences. The Powell Fund provided income for the purchase of E-readers, classroom specific software, a laptop computer program, and faculty training. The ASC is serving our students every day.
A major component of the renovation of the Main Building last summer was the creation of a new three-room art wing. The suite features a renovated arts space, a new ceramics studio and a new visual arts and technology studio. With income from the Powell Fund, Oakwood purchased Creative Suite software which allows students to work in video, stop-motion media, Claymation, architectural rendering and animation. With the addition of a MakerBot Mini, students literally see their 3D creations jump off the screen.