Our Motto & Virtues

Students at Founders are highly encouraged to pursue a moral and intellectual education and are expected to adhere to these core virtues

Our Motto: Virtus Tentamine Gaudet

"Virtue rejoices in the Challenge"


Prudence is practical wisdom; it is the ability to see the right course of action. It promotes the virtues of wisdom, self-knowledge, understanding, etc. Prudence is represented on our crest as a scroll to represent the knowledge and wisdom you gain through study and life experience.

Temperance is the ability to control your base urges; anger, hunger, jealousy, etc. It is the ability not to act. Moderation, self-control, etc., and related virtues. Temperance is represented by a harp because, like a harp, temperance is the art of keeping your passions in proper tension. If you have temperance, you are in harmony with yourself. If you let one of your passions control you, let’s say your anger, then you will get out of tune and become less happy. If you control your temper you have the peaceful harmony of self-mastery.

Justice is giving to each person what is due to him or her. It promotes the virtues of honesty, respect, humility, etc. Justice is represented as a scale to symbolize the approach of weighing the actions of each.

Fortitude is the ability to act on behalf of what is right, even in the face of hardship and opposition. Perseverance, Dedication, Loyalty, etc., are all virtues that stem from this core virtue. Fortitude is represented by an anvil because an anvil is necessary in the creation many beautiful and useful things. In order to bring about these good things, the anvil must be able to stand up to the repeated blows of the hammer. Life is similar; if you ever want to do good and beautiful things in your life, there will undoubtedly be difficulties along the way. If you cannot stand up to the hardships, that good thing you aimed to achieve will not come about.

Charity is love in action. It is the nexus of all virtues, which means that it is the point at which all the other virtues intersect. In order for you to have perfect charity, you need to have all the virtues perfectly. Charity is represented as the golden center because it should be at the center of everything we do, and it is the pinnacle of something being Good, True, and Beautiful.