Hornbuckle Family Establishes $500,000 Financial Aid Endowment Fund
Webb's mission statement sounds a unique and distinctive call, "To provide an exemplary learning community that inspires boys and girls to become men and women who: think boldly, mindfully and creatively; act with honor and moral courage; lead with distinction; serve with a generous spirit." Wendy and Bill Hornbuckle P'19, with their extraordinary gift commitment, are helping to ensure that The Webb Schools will continue to serve this distinctive mission and provide for generations of students to come.
The Hornbuckle family approached Webb with an idea to ensure that deserving students might have the opportunity to attend Webb without the barrier of financial need. Previously, Bill and Wendy (Bill a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) established an endowed fund at UNLV to provide financial aid to deserving students. They enthusiastically decided that they wished to do the same at Webb, making a leadership commitment of $500,000 to establish The Wendy and William Hornbuckle Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at The Webb Schools. When fully funded, this endowed scholarship will provide very significant financial aid for a student or students who will be known as Hornbuckle Scholars.
The Hornbuckle Scholarship Fund will allow Webb to attract and support the best and brightest students who wish to build on an established foundation of personal integrity, hard work and personal achievement. This fund will support Webb students who have demonstrated financial need—with a preference for students from the greater Las Vegas, Nevada community, where the Hornbuckles make their home and are heavily involved professionally and in numerous volunteer leadership roles.
To provide both flexibility and accountability in this generous gift, Wendy and Bill have stated that in a given year, if there is no candidate who meets the geographic criteria, this award may be given to a student or students with demonstrated financial need from other geographic areas. The scholarship recipient, once admitted to The Webb Schools, must maintain a 3.0 GPA to qualify for the scholarship in the succeeding year. The successful recipient, in addition to financial need, will possess: admirable qualities of character, demonstrated leadership abilities, academic excellence and the potential to contribute to the spirit and life of the Webb community through athletics, the performing arts, and publications for example.
Bill serves as the President of MGM Resorts International. Wendy is a member of the Nevada Women's Philanthropy Foundation where she serves on the Executive and Outreach Committees and chairs the Grant Monitoring Committee.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.