Why I Give


Maziar, Susy, David (’01), Alexandra (’08), Christiana (’10), Nina (’15), and Jack (’18) Shams  are a Dawson family through and through!  Maziar and Susy have supported Dawson since their first child started at the school in 1999.

“The Shams give back to Dawson at every opportunity. We give to the annual fund to help close the gap between what we pay in tuition and what it actually costs the school to educate our children each year. We give to the Endowment because Dawson has a legacy of excellence that needs to be preserved for our grandchildren. We give our time to so many different projects and programs because the entire faculty and staff give all their time and talent to our kids!” – Susy Shams

In addition to financial support, Susy and Mazi have also given their time.  Between the two of them, they have attended every auction except one, played in 10 golf tournaments, sat on and chaired numerous Parent Association and Board committees, hosted numerous back to school picnics and auctions, were instrumental in bringing the Parent Engagement Network (PEN) and the Holiday Mart to Dawson, and even found time to be a classroom representative many times over.



I support the Annual Fund as well as the Endowment Fund because I believe in Dawson’s mission of offering a supportive environment for kids, as well as an excellent academic program.  My son, Nathan ( ’99,) and my two granddaughters, Analiese (’12) and Leah Ross (’16), thrived in this environment, developing self-assurance, independence and leadership.  They’ve found their Dawson teachers sensitive and open-hearted people with whom they have felt at ease and at home.” - Maria Aweida

Maria was on the Board of Trustees for eight years and chaired the Development Committee. She was also on the Parent Council while Nathan was a student and attended many auctions and at least one golf tournament.  She is also a regular at Grandparents Day!


Former Dawson parents Tim and Mary Wolf (DC ‘06 and Stevie ’09) graciously initiated a scholarship in 2008 to encourage experiences beyond a faculty or student’s comfort zone, beyond one’s geography and beyond routines where one spends the majority of our time and focus. 

Wolf says, “By providing a program that encourages experiences, projects or areas of study that are not necessarily part of the normal school cycle, we can help a few students and faculty have an experience that just might broaden, and therefore, deepen their world view.”