The AMA Alumni Foundation’s day-to-day operations are funded entirely by generous contributions from our alumni and friends. We cannot survive without them.
We need you
Our annual budget to accomplish all of this is a meager $120,000. We squeeze every penny we get to maximize our effectiveness with as few funds as possible. Our Museum Director is expert in the art of penny pinching. Everything we do is funded by your generous and consistent contributions. We simply would not exist without your support.
What we do with our funds
Every year during our reunion, our Foundation awards one or two scholarships totaling between $1,000 and $2,000 to direct descendants of an AMA alumnus. These are competitive in nature, and judging is conducted by several Foundation Board directors and a history faculty member of the U.S. Naval Academy. To promote the importance of current military school secondary education, scholarship(s) are also awarded to currently enrolled cadets of Fishburne Military School when funds allow.
Our museum, now twenty years in operation, is housed in the Roller house, the first building erected on the school property in the 1870’s. It was the residence of our founder, Charles Summerville Roller, “The Professor,” and later the residence of various members of the Roller family. The building was completely, and professionally renovated in 1998-1999 at a cost of over $300,000, funded through alumni donations.
We have four exhibit rooms plus PX of over 2,500 square feet. It is completely ADA compliant, and fully staffed for guided tours six days a week. We are the only known closed military academy with a museum with a full-time paid staff.
We have over 6,000 cataloged artifacts directly related to our cadets, instructors, and staff.
The second story of the museum houses our administrative offices, work areas and environmentally controlled artifact storage areas.