The Summit Country Day School awarded its Ne Ultra Award this week to Dawn and Dr. Robert C. Schiff Jr.
Ne Ultra, a Latin term which means “none higher,” is given in recognition of those who have made extraordinary contributions to The Summit’s progress. The award was presented during the school’s annual Leaders of Character Reception on Sept. 6 at the Drees Pavilion in Devou Park.
The Schiffs were lead contributors to The Summit’s recent Aiming Higher campaign, which funded the building of a five-story wing, renovation of science laboratories and other spaces, increased the school’s endowment and increased membership in the Leaders of Character Society, the pace-setting group of the school’s annual fund. That, along with their generosity to the school’s Angel Donor Program for children with financial need and other donations throughout the school’s modern history have made them, through the Robert C. Schiff and Adele Schiff Foundation, one of the school’s most generous benefactors.
Dr. and Mrs. Schiff sent their three children to The Summit: Meredith (Schiff) Borchers, class of 2002; Reed Schiff, Summit Middle School class of 2001; and Austin Schiff, Summit Middle School Class of 2004. During the years that their children attended, the couple spent many hours volunteering at the school. Dawn was on nearly every parent committee there was. Bob coached boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball and boys’ lacrosse.
“The values our children received at The Summit have been amazing, and we just wanted to give back, and we wanted to give back for the long term,” said Dr. Schiff after receiving the award.
Head of School Rich Wilson praised the Schiffs and their children for investing their time, talent and treasure to The Summit and the community at large.
“The longer I am in this job the more respect I have for families who bring up their children according to the ideals of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who founded our school,” Mr. Wilson said. “The Schiffs believe in hard work, respect of others, joyfulness, self-confidence, compassion and care for the less fortunate.”