Genuine, honest, hard-working, and fiercely loyal— this was the essence of Mark Daniels. From the moment he became a CCES parent, he also became a beloved member of this community. His children Robert and Sarah began their CCES education in Primer and graduated as proud Cavaliers 13 years later. Mark was involved over the years in whatever ways he could be— serving on the CCES Board of Trustees, sharing his time and gifts in campus planning efforts, serving on the CCES Board of Visitors, Chair of the Finance Committee, and volunteering as a leader in many areas of the school. “His involvement is a testament as to how he felt about the school,” Robert stated.
While he certainly appreciated the excellent education Robert and Sarah received, it was the close relationships and sense of family within the CCES community that fueled his passions to be involved. The family’s love for CCES led to a simple and remarkably unanimous decision after Mark’s death; in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be made to Christ Church Episcopal School in support of a Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund.
This named endowment will provide financial assistance to students of merit and need — allowing for greater accessibility to the CCES experience for families from throughout the Upstate. Funds contributed to the Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund remain intact for perpetuity and are invested and managed as part of the overall CCES Endowment. The annual proceeds of the Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund (4.5% of a rolling 3-year average of investment) will be awarded at the discretion of the Head of School, Associate Head of School, Division Directors, and Admissions Director.
Awards will be given to students who meet the following criteria:
- A record and promise of contributions to school life that enhance student life and inspire the faculty. The range of noteworthy attributes runs from outstanding scholarship to exemplary service to others.
- Students either qualify for financial aid or otherwise stretch to fund full tuition.