Roger B. Kafker, a 1980 graduate of Cincinnati Country Day School, has made a significant seven-figure gift, the largest amount ever donated to the school for tuition aid, to launch a student scholarship program—the Triumphant Scholars Program. The Triumphant Scholars Program provides one to two full-tuition scholarships each school year to academically talented students with significant financial need.
Kafker, a managing director at TA Associates, a global growth private equity firm, was motivated to give back to his alma mater because of the benefits he received from his Country Day education. "I have seen, time and time again through my career, the importance of a great education. It sets you apart. I'm grateful for all that I learned at Country Day, in the classroom and in the relationships I built – and treasure to this day – across a diverse student body."
"The reality is that 95% of Americans do not have the financial means to attend a private, independent school. As one who was fortunate to have had that terrific experience, I'd like to help make it possible for others."
The Triumphant Scholars Program was piloted during the 2017-2018 school year, with then senior Jordann Sadler receiving the program's first scholarship award. Sadler is currently a freshman at Oberlin College. The 2018-2019 recipient joined Country Day this fall as a freshman in CCDS's Upper School.
"Thanks to Roger Kafker, this extraordinarily generous gift enables academically promising students to have the world class, transformative educational experience that Cincinnati Country Day School provides," Head of School Tony Jaccaci said. "In turn, those new students enrich our school with their talents and diverse perspectives."
"There's no greater gift than the gift of education," Jaccaci said. "Roger's contribution will be life-changing for students without the resources to access such an incredible education, that can genuinely propel them to reach their fullest potential in college and life. I am so grateful to Roger for his support - he truly embraces our school's motto 'Virtue in Action'."
Each year, Country Day will identify one to two academically qualified students whose community involvement and character are a strong fit with the school's mission and its virtues: respect, responsibility, courage, compassion, and integrity. The scholarship is awarded to incoming students at grades 7-10 and covers 100% of tuition, as well as a tablet computer, books and select out-of-pocket expenses.
"I believe that the Triumphant Scholars Program, enabling students with significant financial need to attend Country Day, will change the trajectory of their lives," Kafker said. "I urge others in the Country Day community – past and present – to help make this dream a reality for those who could not follow in our footsteps were it not for financial support."
Students and families interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Elizabeth Habig, Assistant Director of Admission, (513) 979-0236 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leaders or representatives of local non-profit organizations and local school principals who are interested in nominating a student should also contact Habig.
Those interested in joining Roger in support of our Triumphant Scholars Program should contact Louise Vaughan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, (513) 979-0284 or email@example.com, for more information.
About Roger Kafker
At Cincinnati Country Day School, Roger Kafker was an academically gifted student who was named to the Cum Laude Society in his junior year. During his senior year, he was immersed in school life as student council vice president, managing editor of The Scroll, and member of the varsity basketball, soccer, and tennis teams.
Kafker comes from an academic background. His father, Frank, was a Fulbright Scholar and full professor at University of Cincinnati, and his mother, Serena, taught at several colleges and secondary schools including Cincinnati Country Day. His brother, Scott L. Kafker, CCDS Class of 1977, a graduate of Amherst College and Chicago Law School, is one of seven justices on Massachusetts highest court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Kafker graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Haverford College in 1984 with a BA in History. He is a member of Haverford's Board of Managers. He earned his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. Kafker joined TA Associates in 1989 and has more than 30 years of experience in the private equity industry.
He is also a co-founder of the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (now LuMind Foundation), which over the past decade has funded over $10 million of scientific research to benefit the Down Syndrome community. The operational foundation leverages private funding for Down Syndrome research and was just awarded $2 million in grants from a Brazilian Foundation and a European Pharmaceutical company.