Merton College Charitable Corporation


         
                    
Programs Supported

                                  2011/2012 Merton Projects

T. S. Eliot Theater:
- Chair - US$ 3,750
- Patron - US$15,000
- Benefactor - US$ 37,500

BCL/Mjurisprudence Scholarship
Mark Reynolds History Fellowship

                2011/2012 MC3 Special Projects for Merton

Chapel Sound System - $45,000 - This is a project that began in 2009 to
enhance the wonderful music initiative in the Chapel.  The Chapel acoustics
are uniquely suited for music and the singing voice.  They are less receptive to
the spoken word.  With the success of the choir, Chapel attendance has risen
significantly and persons seated in the Ante Chapel cannot hear the spoken
word clearly.  A specially designed sound system for speech reinforcement will
cost approximately $45,000 and MC3 will underwrite its cost.

Grand Piano & Lift for Theatre - $40,000 - In addition to lectures, the T. S. Eliot
Theatre is used for other presentations such as musical performances and a
grand piano is required.  An appropriate lift/trolley is needed to move the piano
safely when other events are scheduled.

Jessica Rawson Fellowship In Modern Asian History- $375,000 - Merton plans to
endow a Fellowship in honor of Professor Rawson's successful tenure as Warden
(1994 - 2010).  The naming of this position links her interest in China and Asian
History with her awareness of the challenges facing Oxford's renowned tutorial
system at this time.

Library: Statutes & Register Digitalization - $18,500 - The Statutes of 1264, 1270,
and 1274 for the "House of Scholars of Merton" represent a key foundation stone
of the entire system of Western higher education.  The digitalization of these
original documents and seals, so they may be accessed on line, would make
a wonderful addition to the 750th Anniversary Celebration program.  In addition,
in 1483, Warden Fitzjames  began a College register recording the proceedings
of College meetings and business.  It is the first of its kind known to exist.  
Digitizing this document (over 600 pages) would help preserve it.  


                        MC3 Permanent Programs

MC3's Permanent Programs provide annual support upon which the College and its  
members depend.  Each year MC3 allocates 5% of the 12-quarter moving average of its
endowment value (the endowment reliance) in support of these permanent programs.  
MC3's long-term goal is to have a permanent endowment that is large enough to support all
of its Permanent Programs from this endowment reliance.  This will permit annual giving to
address annual needs and special projects.

The MC3 endowment is professionally managed.  The manager is overseen by the finance
committee of the MC3 Board of Directors.

Americas’ Scholar

The Americas' Scholar was the first permanent program established by MC3 from its general
donor base.  The scholarship provides tuition and fee payments for an entire course of study
for a graduate student.  The selection of a Scholar is at the recommendation of Merton
College.

Burwell Grant for Chinese Studies

Clayton L. (Teddy) Burwell, 1932 established a grant for Chinese related studies through a
charitable remainder trust.  After his passing, this endowment began disbursing grants as
appropriate candidates are selected.

Darden Fellowship

MC3 has a ten-year program sponsoring the Darden Junior Research Fellow at the College.  
This post-doctoral fellowship is named in honor of Colgate W. Darden, Jr. former president of
the University of Virginia and a past student at Oxford University.  It is supported by the North
Shore Foundation of Norfolk, Virginia.

John Roberts Scholarship  

John M. Roberts was Warden of Merton College from 1984 to 1994 and a Fellow of Merton
from 1953 to 1979.  A Scholarship Fund in his honor is in formation in MC3.  

Simms Bursary

The Simms Family – Thomas Henry Simms (1926), Wilfrid Burgess Simms (1930), Eric Arthur
Simms (1939) and Romilly John Simms (1958) – has endowed a bursary fund for junior
members who experience unanticipated financial difficulties during the year.

Unrestricted Endowment  

Unrestricted endowment funds are a most welcome gift since they may be allocated to
where the need is greatest.

                        Special Projects Supported by MC3
1995
Holywell Building
$   100,000
1996
Undergraduate Library Computers
7,500
1997
Senex Globes
27,500
1998
Beerbohm Archival Work and Room Renovations
50,000
1999
Astrolabe Case
10,000
1999
Americas' Plaque
17,324
2000
Chapel Glass Photographic Survey
42,600
2000
Beerbohm Notebook Purchase
28,400
2003
PMHY - Finlay Building
250,000
2003
PMHY - Rosebrock Gardens
150,000
2004
Fellows Quad - Jr. Fellows Harvey Suite
150,000
2004
Fellows Quad - Jr. Fellows McCaffrey Suite
150,000
2004
Fellows Quad - Roberts Lecture Room
200,000
2004
Graduate Scholarship - Japan
1,000,000
2004
Manuscript Project
150,000
2005
Chinese Studies - Reed Foundation
105,000
2005
Maths - Fitzjames Fellow
1,669,862
2006
Fellows Quad - Americas Seminar Room
200,000
2006
Fellows Quad - Jr. Fellows Gifford/McKelvey Suite
150,000
2007-10
BCL/Mjurisprudence Scholarship
44,700
2007-10
College Lodge
546,142
2008-10
Choral Foundation
700
2008-10
Mark Reynold History Fellowship
302,350
2009-10
Chapel Glass Publication
25,000
2009
Fitness Room
125,000
2009-10
T. S. Eliot Theatre
509,250
2010
Beerbohm Manuscript
1,000
2010
Chapel Sound System
45,500
2010
Choir (2011 U.S. Tour)
25,000
2010
Hays Bursary
35,000
2010
Rawson Fellowship
100,000
  Total:
$6,217,828