Tuition revenue alone does not cover the full cost of Vail Mountain School’s annual operating budget. The VMS Fund helps to bridge this budget gap, and contributes vital funds to academic programs, need-based financial aid, teacher compensation, and other expenses. We ask all members of the School community, including families, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends to make a contribution each year.
Six years ago, the Ingalls and Conlin families created a scholarship at VMS to carry on the legacy of their late son Taft. The goal was simple: attract the best and brightest by offering a full, merit-based scholarship to a student with the potential to change the world. And in the years since, the recipients of the Scholarship are well on their way to doing just. Kevin Garcia is at Williams and Lauren Dirvonas is at Colgate. 11th grader Sergio Rodriguez spent July with SummerQuest mentoring local middle school students. And this year, VMS welcomed the latest recipient, Felix Gruner. In addition to raising the bar for our community, the Taft Conlin Scholarship has also had a number of ripple effects. It has attracted a diverse group of distinguished students who otherwise might not have considered an independent school. Inspired by these incredible applicants to the Taft Conlin Scholarship, an anonymous donor family stepped forward and offered four-year, needs-based, full-tuition awards for two similarly talented students, to help continue our tradition of having the very best and brightest.