"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

- Neale Donald Walsch

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Bob and Deb Thompson moved to Seattle from Minnesota. As they watched their two children grow and mature, the couple came to value experiences such as travel to promote students' growth. Since 2011, Bob and Deb have gifted travel stipends to Holy Names Academy students.

Empowering Students to Go Further

Too often we hold ourselves back because all we can see is our limitations and uncertainties. The Thompson Family Foundation’s goal is to help break those barriers, real or perceived, by making financial resources available for the young women at HNA.


"Experience empowers the young women of Holy Names Academy to see that the only limitations they have are those they impose on themselves."

- Bob Thompson

Dedicated to Multifaceted Learning

The Thompson Family Foundation requires students to write a grant proposal and submit a reflection as part of the travel experience. Writing a grant proposal is valuable experience because you must state what you want to do, why you want to do it, and ask for funding. Proposals force us to organize and put on paper what it is we really want. Our desire is no longer an abstract thought or wish. It becomes real. Asking for financial support also teaches us that no one achieves anything alone.

Writing a reflection on the activity is another valuable experience. Comparing what we thought our experience would be and what we actually experienced makes us really think about what we learned. The end of that comfort zone is no longer so intimidating.

Our Message for HNA Students

Each year, we are able to meet with students who receive travel grants. It is rewarding to hear students reflect on their travel experience when their first thought upon arrival was, “What have I gotten myself into?” It is a joy to watch students discover new worlds.

While it is easy to see our limitations, education and experiences beyond our comfort zone empower us to accomplish whatever we set as our goals.

How can we help?