When Mrs. Emma Liu Hu P’19 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 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 hosts visiting poets, that students receive a great deal of faculty attention and that Westminster continues some English boarding school traditions, such as the Lawn Ceremony.
Discovering a Community
After their son, Alex ’19, started attending Westminster, he felt included in the community.
“It being such a cozy campus, people are very nice and welcoming,” said Emma. “That’s a major asset of Westminster.”
Alex has blossomed in the small, intimate environment where his teachers got to know him and he got to know his teachers. He has had fun playing lacrosse and ice hockey, embracing the chance to try something new.
“He enjoys the intellectual environment,” said Emma. “Alex likes the access to his teachers. He flourishes better when he knows he has the security that the teachers are there to help him. He’s always engaged.”
Alex is more confident and has 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.
Thanking the Faculty
For Emma, the decision to create a $200,000 endowed fund for faculty travel in her late husband’s name was a simple one. 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,” she said.
Above: For Alex Hu ’19, feeds with his advisor Scott Stevens are a highlight of his Westminster experience.
To learn more about the commitment faculty members like Amy and Scott Stevens make to Westminster students, watch the short film below.
“Alex likes the access to his teachers. He flourishes better when he knows he has the security that the teachers are there to help him.”
Emma Hu, P’19