The Phillips Scholar
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
Volume 2, Issue 1 Winter 2001
The Look of Giving: Arthur Emery
M rs. Phillips was a person of routine in all
that she did. As a private trustee in the
Phillips Family Office, I would visit Mrs. Phillips
in her home and, many afternoons, find her pour-
The Stephen Phillips ing over her “big sheets,” as she would call them.
Memorial Scholarship Fund She had created her own system of working on
34 Chestnut Street
her annual charitable giving by utilizing sheets of
P.O. Box 870
Salem, Massachusetts 01970 paper 11”x17” which contained the names of 125
978-744-2111 to 150 different organizations. Almost on a daily
www.phillips-scholarship.org basis she would make her giving decisions and jot Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Maine
the gift amount down by hand.
Trustees Philanthropy was very much second nature to the Phillips family. The Biblical in-
junction “To whom much is given, much is required” was a guiding principle. Long
Arthur Emery before Mrs. Phillips established a scholarship fund, generations of the Phillips family
Managing Trustee had been actively involved in giving something back to society. Family gifting was
Lawrence Coolidge not limited to one specific area of interest. Over the years, students of need and aca-
demic promise were provided funds for college educations. Thousands of acres and
John Finley, IV miles of shoreline in the Rangeley Lakes area of Maine are forever protected by trust.
Richard Gross Several museum and school libraries have been built, touching hundreds of lives.
Within the City of Salem, a whole residential block was rebuilt following the great fire
Robert Randolph of 1914 for the purpose of providing housing for those who had been left homeless.
Stephen C. Phillips, Stephen’s great-grandfather and Salem’s second mayor during the
mid 19th century, donated his entire mayoral salary to the Salem schools each year.
Staff Mrs. Phillips was not always predictable when it came to philanthropy, however. I
remember on one occasion when she wanted to make a gift of a 15,000-volume library
Scholarship Coordinator that she owned—the books and the entire room, that is. She suggested that we merely
detach the library from the home and move it to Governor Dummer Academy in By-
Pamela Constantine field, Massachusetts. It was a rare event indeed when Mrs. Phillips’ visions were not
carried out to the letter. Today, I am happy to report that Mrs. Phillips’ gift of 15,000
Photo credit: Photo of books, together with the former library’s oak pan-
Mooselookmeguntic Lake eling, is housed in a special building at Governor
courtesy of Stephen Parrett Dummer designed and built by Mrs. Phillips. The
former library, I might add, now serves as a room
Inside this issue: to display large pieces of modern art.
So many of you have started your own journey
The Phillips Trust House 2 of giving, whether it be volunteering with literacy
Scholar Volunteerism 2 and tutoring programs, inmate assistance projects,
Phillips Facts 3 or Habitat for Humanity. I can think of no better
Elizabeth Tung 3 way in which to say thank you to the Phillips fam-
Summer Visitors 4 ily for their generosity than by your own individ-
The recreated library at Governor
ual actions. The look of giving starts now. Dummer Academy.
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Treasures from the Trust House
I nduced by a letter of yours to
your brother, and shown me by
him, I send you what follows below.”
determine both how to care appropri-
ately for these treasures and how to
share them with the public. To help
So begins the most exciting new find with the first issue, Juliette Rogers
of the “treasure hunt,” the inventory- has been hired as Collections Man-
ing of some 11,000 items left to the ager/Registrar. She will manage the
Phillips Trust House museum by five care and storage of the collection as
generations of the family. Discovered well as catalogue it.
in a scrapbook in one of 109 trunks The second issue is at the heart of
stored in the carriage house, the hand- the museum. According to Naomi
written letter from Abraham Lincoln Gray, Curator, “The goal of any mu-
on Executive Mansion stationery seum is to transform a static object or
quotes from his Second Inaugural Ad- idea into something of relevance. As
dress delivered earlier that month. we plan for the future, we are consid-
The inventory completed, the Trust ering ways we can appeal to our audi- special tours, educational programs,
House staff and trustees must now ence, whether it be in the form of lectures, or exhibits.”
Phillips Scholars and Volunteerism
“Youth is that inherent need help not only with language and school cafeterias for distribution to
urge in every human culture, or translation of their chil- soup kitchens to actually serving
soul to change the dren’s school notices and parent- meals or filling bags at food pantries,
world. It is the belief teacher conferences, but also with as well as providing meals to people
that you can change more mundane activities, such as bill suffering from AIDS.
the world simply be- paying and shopping. Several students Person to person connections are
cause you have the ran playgroups or entertained small fundamental as well. Scholars have
willpower to do it.” children at government agencies, such formed relationships with younger
First-year Yale student and Phillips as welfare offices, where the wait is children, elders, refugees, and people
Scholar Leveille´ McLain (pictured frequently long. challenged by mental handicaps and
above) delivered these words to more Housing and building programs emotional difficulties. One student
than 700 clergy and lay people at the benefit greatly from student volun- described his work with the School
Episcopal Diocesan Convention last teerism. Increasingly, Phillips Schol- for Kosovar Youth in Boston provid-
year. “When you focus the energy ars spend their Spring Breaks with ing academic and cultural support for
and willpower of youth, you get lead- Habitat for Humanity—or other, simi- young refugees. “We have intro-
ership of a caliber that is nearly un- lar programs— attending to the uni- duced the kids to the Museum of Fine
stoppable,” he continued. versal need for shelter. “For one Arts, Museum of Science, the Aquar-
As our applicants know, the Phil- week, I worked alongside people who ium, and The Nutcracker. Seeing how
lips Scholarship looks for evidence of did not speak my language, who lived they have progressed, I think we have
committed service to others in our a different lifestyle, and who pos- managed to restore some faith in their
selection process. This year’s re- sessed a culture different from mine. I war-torn image of humanity.”
newal applications revealed a broad learned enough Spanish to communi- The opportunities are apparently
range of areas where our students fo- cate, I grew to respect elements of a boundless. Students help inmates
cused their energy and willpower lifestyle I do not lead, and I tasted a read aloud on tapes to send to their
while juggling the demands of college beautiful culture, rich in its cuisine, children; provide urban children with
life. Most frequently mentioned are music, and dance,” wrote Rochelle opportunities for farming and raising
literacy and tutoring programs. Some Kohen about building houses for sea- farm animals; and obtain computers
students teach in area schools, some sonal farm workers from Mexico. for a shelter for abused women for job
at shelters, and others at community Students also recognize the impor- training. Focusing their energy and
centers. In some cases, the focus is on tance of feeding programs. Activities willpower, Phillips Scholars do make
recent immigrants to this country who ranged from reclaiming food from a difference.
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A Scholar’s Story: Elizabeth Tung the social costs attached to it. That
little room truly tingled with excite-
D ust is flying kicked up in whirl-
winds. Feet skip and dance al-
most with joy, almost with fear. A
goals of self-interest and pecuniary ment and the anticipation of actually
gain that our environment teaches us doing something. It would be a trib-
to strive toward. Instead we have be- ute to the people of Ezzizeni, an ar-
swell of voices, of determination, of come merely a tired parade of stu- ticulation of their struggle, and maybe
spirit rolls into a wave of children. dents who fail to use the education it could help them with something as
Continuous, the swarm snakes around that we are so simple as a tip on
the schoolyard into the street; beauti- lucky to re- how to remove hard
ful voices of protest rise from the rub- ceive. South bases from their
ble that they are forced to call home. Africa was drinking water. I
The police are there, and dogs. Inex- the first place felt like I was part of
plicably, shots ring out. The first to show me a revolution. And,
child crumples from the new un- that my songs in a way, I was. I
known pain, Hector Peterson, a boy of of idealism had realized that the
thirteen. On June 16, 1976 in the were not just most useful learning
black township of Soweto, children, naiveté, and is not done only with
some only eight years old, were brave that my heady the mind, but equally
enough to dance in the sun-baked dream to not with the heart.
streets in protest against the apartheid live my life
schools that only taught students in merely for Elizabeth Tung (center) with new friends in
Afrikaans—a virtual slave language. myself had Ezzizeni, South Africa.
The day ended in loss and triumph. substance and
The loss of young life marked the worth. I realized that my actions
shift in the struggle against apartheid don’t need to be revolutionary; they Elizabeth Tung graduated from
as the revolution passed into the only have to strive towards an ideal I Phillips Academy and is currently
hands of the youth. They led it, love and believe in.
a freshman at Yale University.
fought it, sacrificed for it, and finally One afternoon in a small village
won freedom for themselves, their called Ezzizeni, our group conducted
families, and their people. the interviews that would form the
South Africa, straddling its primary data for our individual re-
bloody past and new freedom, writes search projects. The villagers made Phillips Facts
its history now in this lifetime. Not clear that their main concern was wa- • We are on the ‘Net! Visit our
some distant lesson recorded in text- ter. They wished that they had enough website for important information
books, the South African struggle of it, that their children wouldn’t get about the scholarship fund. There is
against apartheid was won only five sick from it, and that they could use it also a link to the Trust House’s web-
year ago. This summer, with the Af- to grow vegetables from the dust they site.
rican Studies Institute, I sensed the lived on. We had just driven into this
emotion that lay latent at the Hector town and accosted these people with www.phillips-scholarship.org
Peterson memorial, witnessed the pens and notebooks. They invited us
strength that allowed South Africans into their modest mud and scrap-
• This year we awarded 803 schol-
to live looking forward towards pro- metal homes and into their rich lives,
arships for a total of $3,050,750. Of
gress and normalcy, and felt the hu- grateful that someone actually seemed
those, 551 awards were renewals and
manity of their forgiveness. Every interested. They spoke of their prob-
252 were new awards.
South African is a testament to the lems with candor, humor and dignity.
• We have provided awards to
ability of people—and most impor- As I created real relationships with
1,092 students since 1991.
tantly, kids—to effect change no mat- the villagers, their plight was no
• Renewal Application Forms are
ter how absolutely the status quo longer a statistic, but a heartache.
now available! Request your tran-
seems to be entrenched. As students, That night, we students decided that
script now, especially if you will be
we often discount our potential to do we wanted to abandon our individual
off-campus in the spring, and send
something. We are too frightened to topics and work together to produce a
your completed application packet as
take the plunge, to wander from the study of Ezzizeni’s water quality and
soon as possible.
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Visitors are a real treat for us! We thoroughly enjoyed our visits with 41 scholars this summer, many of whom
brought family along, too. In addition, we attended a luncheon at Gordon College for scholarship providers and re-
cipients, where we had a delightful visit with five Phillips Scholars.
The Trust House reopens for the season
Memorial Day weekend. We’d love to meet
you, too, and add your photo to our scrapbook.
Please call ahead to be sure that we will be here
when you come to visit.
Top to bottom, left to right: Arla Bascom, Michael Blunk, Felecia Cerrato, Phillip Chadwell, Catlin Converse, Mary Cronin, Halissa Del-
phin, Lauren Dennis, Eileen Donato, Charles Doret, Michael Flaherty, Janette Funk, Melissa Gorham, Jessica Healy, Jessica Hill, Leah John-
son, Theresa Johnson, Matthew Konjoin, Emily Leary, Leveille McClain, Katherine McGuire, Douglas Merritt, Renee Morin, Francis Nagle,
Kevin O’Keefe, Daniel Oreper, Kristen Parcell, Audrey Patten, Michael Peterson, Russell Pierpont, Bonnie Pihl, Stephanie Regan, Shelley
Rose, Melissa Rowell, Joshua Schultz, Adam Shain, Maria Speridakos, Seann Tulloch, Elizabeth Tung, Joanne Wan, Nathan White.
At Gordon College: Aaron Cotnoir, Derek Lawrence, John Ludlum, Vesna Vuletic, Blake Whitney.