WRA Launches Merit Scholarship for Incoming Boarding Students

WRA Launches Merit Scholarship for Incoming Boarding Students

Boarding at Reserve leaves an indelible impact on many alumni. Stories of achievement, adventure and lifelong friendships are celebrated as "uniquely Reserve" launch pads for life.

Now WRA has announced a new scholarship program to award exceptional 9th and 10th grade students the distinctive Reserve boarding experience. The Distinguished Pioneer Scholars program will grant one half-tuition scholarship and two quarter-tuition scholarships annually to new boarding students with exceptional leadership, character and academic merit. The awards are renewable through the 12th grade for scholarship recipients.

"The benefits of boarding at Reserve are plentiful," said Head of School Christopher D. Burner '80. "They include deeper friendships, academic distinction, highly qualified faculty, inclusive athletic and afternoon programs, structure and fewer distractions, character development and cultural diversity. The Distinguished Pioneer Scholars program provides a platform for sharing our unique attributes as a top-ranked boarding school and attracting the best students from around the country."

Associate Head of School Kate Mueller added, "Educational opportunities in today's world are abundant. But outcomes for boarding students – in categories like achievement of advanced degrees, satisfaction with teachers and preparedness for college – are exceptional. WRA is committed to providing a transformational education and cultivating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and pioneers."

Already, WRA awards more than $5 million in need-based financial aid each year. The merit-based nature of the Distinguished Pioneer Scholars program differentiates the award and means any family is eligible, regardless of income level. Although not required, applicants who believe they may also qualify for need-based financial aid beyond this merit are encouraged to complete the regular financial aid application process to ensure that WRA provides the most support possible to award recipients.

Selection criteria include proven academic excellence and curiosity; exceptional character and leadership; and commitment to community. A selection committee comprised of members of the Admission Office and WRA faculty will review the Distinguished Pioneer Scholar applications. The application deadline is February 15, 2018. Learn more here.