Nye Grant

Grace Swift Nye Fund

The Grace Swift Nye Fund is an endowment provided to Bourne High School as of 1995.  These monies are utilized to enhance the educational offerings for the high school students.  The staff members submit grants describing how they would like to enrich the curriculum through guest speakers, special presentations, field trips, after school programs, teacher development workshops and the purchase of additional materials.  It is an inspiring and invaluable program that benefits every student and faculty member at Bourne High School.

During the 2015-2016 school year, thirty-four grants were brought to fruition.  The monies continued to support:

  • After school activities such as the Bourne Community Book Discussion Group, History Club,  Robotics Club participation in First Tech Challenge, Film Club and Key Club

  • In-school performances (ex. Julius Caesar by New Repertory Theater on Tour, Hyannis Sound Male A Capella Singers, presentation & workshop by photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice, and a Substance Abuse presentation).

  • Field trip experiences to Alliance Francaise (French Library) in Boston, Key Club District Convention & KPTI Day, Teambuilding Program at Heritage Adventure Park, Pathways Program at CCCC, Newport Mansions, and Cape Cod Residential Construction Career Day

  • One Book, One School, One Community reading program and presentation by Patricia McCormick, co-author of I Am Malala

  • Funding for enrichment materials such as concert chimes, grow lights and composting bins for the Wet Lab, skate eggs, a traveling art exhibit by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo,  and knitting supplies for an enrichment group

  • The Theater Program (performing Fiddler on the Roof and Pippin; in addition, the Drama Club made it to the final level of competition in the MA High School Drama Club Festival)

The Nye Grant enriches the educational experience of all our students thanks to the foresight and generosity of alumna Grace Swift Nye.

Parents and community members are encouraged to share ideas or propose grants.  Please direct all inquiries to Patti Parker, Nye Grant Coordinator at Bourne High School.


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Grace Swift Nye

Grace Swift was born in Wareham, Massachusetts in 1892.  She lived most of her early life in the Cedarville section of Plymouth, where her father, George Swift, ran a general store.  When it came time for her to attend high school, her father decided that she should attend Bourne High School.  Grace was the valedictorian of the Class of 1910.  Following graduation, Grace attended Normal School and taught in the public schools in several New England states.  In 1916 she married Alfred Nye, a high school classmate from the Sagamore section of Bourne.  

Alfred became a successful businessman who owned lumber yards on the Cape and in central Connecticut.  The Nye's were thrifty, frugal people.  They developed into astute investors and acquired considerable wealth during their lives.  Since they did not have children, they created a long-range plan under which they left the bulk of their assets to churches, hospitals and established organizations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida.  Alfred died in 1977 and Grace in 1994 at the age of 102.

At her death, Grace funded two trust funds, the Grace Swift Nye and Alfred Gibbs Nye Scholarship Trust and the Grace Swift Nye Fund.  The Grace Swift Nye Fund was established to support a program of academic enrichment in Bourne High School.  Grace stated in her Valedictory essay, "When we have obtained our objectives in life, we can look back with satisfaction and pleasant recollections upon our old class motto:  'The end crowns the work.'" This fund is more than a tribute to pleasant memories. It is a living legacy recognizing the lifetime inspirational value of academics.