When Emma Hu and her late husband Dr. Wayne Hu visited Westminster with their son and daughter, they felt drawn to the school.
It reminded Dr. Hu of the English boarding school he attended, while offering the added benefit of being small so that students receive a lot of attention.
The couple had heard good reports about Westminster from friends from Hong Kong who had sent their children, but when they toured, it exceeded their expectations. Dr. Hu liked that the school hosted visiting poets, that students received a great deal of faculty attention and that Westminster continued some English boarding school traditions, such as the lawn ceremony.
After their son Alexander started attending the school, he felt included in the community.
“It being such a cozy campus, people are very nice and welcoming,” says Mrs. Hu, who is a freelance classical music broadcaster in Hong Kong. “That’s a major asset of Westminster.”
Alex ’19 blossomed in the small, intimate environment where his teachers got to know him and he got to know his teachers, she says. He has had fun playing lacrosse and ice hockey, embracing the chance to try something new.
“He enjoys the intellectual environment. He likes the access to his teachers. He flourishes better when he knows he has the security that the teachers are there to help him,” she says. “He’s always engaged.”
Her son is more confident and benefited from an intellectually stimulating environment as well as from his teachers’ encouragement. Westminster planted the seeds for his interest in History and English, which he plans to continue studying at Middlebury College, Mrs. Hu says.
The decision to create a $200,000 endowed fund for faculty travel in her late husband’s name was a simple one, she says. She chose her gift to Westminster as a way to thank the faculty. “I think private schools need money to support faculty who make a commitment to students.”
Above: For Alex Hu ’19, advisory feeds with Scott Stevens are a highlight of his Westminster experience.
“Alex flourishes better when he knows he has the security that the teachers are there to help him.”
Emma Hu, P’19