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Co-presenters Berry Cox and Walter Sorensen, Alcuin Head of School, with honoree Forrest Hoglund.

Philanthropist Receives Ann R. Cox Innovation in Education Award   

Alcuin School, a leader in Montessori and International Baccalaureate® education, hosted its inaugural scholarship luncheon and honored Dallas philanthropist Forrest Hoglund for his commitment and contributions to academic youth achievement.  Yesterday’s event drew a near capacity crowd of Alcuin School parents, supporters and constituents at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

During the luncheon, Walter Sorensen, Head of School, presented Hogland with Alcuin’s first Ann R. Cox Innovation in Education Award.  The award was co-presented by her son Berry Cox in honor of Mrs.  Edwin L. Cox’s support of Alcuin School during its early years.

Working in tandem with the school’s founder Father Albert A. Taliaferro, Cox not only gave generously herself, but inspired many others in the wider Dallas community to step up so that the dream of an educational environment producing “innovative thinkers and passionate learners” would become a reality.  Without her financial and emotional support, Alcuin’s Churchill Campus on which thousands of children have been educated and nurtured would not have been realized.  

Alcuin’s 2015 Scholarship Luncheon also benefited students in need of financial assistance via the Alex Podeszwa Legacy Fund.  The fund was established in October 2014 in memory of an inspiring Alcuin student who lost his battle against cancer.

“Alex will always embody Alcuin School’s spirit and mission,” said Sorensen. “His legacy as a compassionate global citizen and big thinker is far-reaching and will provide scholarship assistance and other endowment funding to enrich and enhance the programs that he loved so well during his time at Alcuin.”    

To learn more about the Alex Podeszwa Legacy Fund contact Luanne Samuel, Alcuin School Director of Development, at 972.239.1745; or email

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