STEVEN M. GROSSMAN
St. Benedict's Preparatory School is proud to announce its second honoree for the 2018 Annual Scholarship Gala - Steven M. Grossman. This year's Gala, which continues the sesquicentennial celebration at The Hive, promises to be another lively evening to benefit our vital scholarship program. Please click here for information on how to register for the Gala or for sponsorship packages for our May 10th event.
Steven M. Grossman founded the Grossman Family Foundation in 2008, a philanthropic organization that provides grants to those who serve the needs of low income children in and near the state of Connecticut. A graduate of the University of Vermont who majored in Industrial Management, Grossman was a member of the Air National Guard before joining the family business, Southern Container Corporation, in 1962.
During Grossman’s 46-year tenure, Southern Container Corporation grew from a business with 12 employees and annual sales of less than $1 million to a company with $500 million in sales that employed 1,200 people. True to the saying that charity begins at home, Grossman’s charitable work began at Southern Container Corporation by supporting employees and their children with college scholarships and substantial donations made to the University of Vermont, New York University, and the Kids in Crisis organization of Greenwich, CT.
In 2008, the family business was sold to RockTenn Co., and the Grossman Family Foundation was launched.
The Grossman Family Foundation’s support of St. Benedict’s began in 2010 with the first of two grants which were applied to the expenses of Leahy House, including its “Velvet Rope” behavior modification program, tutoring, student counseling, and weekend activities.
Support continued in 2013 with the first of five grants that established The Grossman Family Foundation Endowed Fund. Annual income from the fund is applied to St. Benedict’s signature Backpacking Project, need-based scholarships for Elementary Division students, and to the College Placement Department which has been able to significantly expand its student services thanks to the endowment’s assistance.
Grossman has served on the advisory board for the University of Vermont’s business school for five years and also served the university by interviewing prospective freshman students for approximately 10 years.
Grossman continues to lead the Grossman Family Foundation to sustain the family tradition of charitable service to youth in need.