Walsingham Academy Receives Record-Breaking $500,000 Donation

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Academy President Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle and Robert J. Fiscella. (Courtesy Walsingham Academy)
Walsingham Academy President Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle and Robert J. Fiscella. (Courtesy Walsingham Academy)

Walsingham Academy recently received the largest individual donation in the school’s 69-year history.

Robert J. Fiscella donated $500,000 to the school in order to “create opportunities for academic excellence by means of new student scholarships,” according to a recent news release from the school.

“I feel that this is the single greatest thing I have done in my life, ensuring that future generations of students receive a Walsingham education,” said Fiscella, who is the co-founder of Hampton-based Riverdale Management Company and the great-uncle of a current Walsingham fourth-grader.

The gift will allow Walsingham to expand its scholarship offerings significantly, which in turn will aid in the recruitment and retention of qualified students, Director of Advancement Devin Arnold said.

“In making this gift, Robert Fiscella is expressing, with great conviction, his belief in Walsingham’s mission and in the imperative of investing in today’s youth as tomorrow’s future,” President Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle said. “The gift represents the strongest possible endorsement of Walsingham’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence and spiritual and personal development.”