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1898 Society

In his will dated 1852, Blue Hill shipbuilder George Stevens appointed five trustees, providing them with land, his “homestead and appurtenances,” and generous funds “to erect, when they deem it expedient, a suitable and convenient building for an Academy, for the purposes of education forever.” After George’s widow died, the trustees made good on George’s will, and in 1898 the Academy Building was opened to GSA’s first class of students. In the 120 years since 1898, George’s vision of “education forever” has shaped the lives of thousands of students living in Blue Hill and its surrounding towns. 

While we are grateful for gifts of any size, leadership gifts are the cornerstone of the GSA Fund each year. Named for the landmark year the doors of GSA's original Academy House were opened, the 1898 Society brings together generations of donors – alumni, parents, and friends – to support virtually every aspect of academic and student life. 1898 Society members give $1,000 or more each year to the GSA Fund. All members receive an invitation to an annual reception for leadership donors and other special communications and event invitations throughout the year.    

You can become one of GSA’s philanthropic leaders by pledging an 1898 Society level gift and making subsequent monthly or quarterly payments with your debit or credit card. To take advantage of this donor platform, visit and select “Make this a Monthly Gift.”  You will then be given the option to select the number and frequency of your gift payments.


Leadership Giving Levels

Donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more to the GSA Fund belong to The 1898 Society, comprising five circles: 

Stevens Circle $25,000+
Hinckley Circle $10,000 - $24,999
Esther Wood Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Head's Circle $2,500 - $4,999
Leadership Circle $1,000 - $2,499


Contact Us

If you have questions about giving to GSA, please contact the Advancement Office by calling 207-374-2800 or by emailing Director of Advancement Rada Starkey at