Written in the Stars Boarding Scholarship Contest

UPDATE: The deadline for submission has passed, and we are currently reviewing all applications. Please contact our Admission Office at admission@wra.net with any questions. We look forward to announcing our merit recipients soon!


The stars aligned. In the summer of 2023, an anonymous donor approached Western Reserve Academy with a challenge. Find a student curious about the remarkable (uniquely human) collision between art and science.

Why? To give this bright star the full gift of a Reserve education (100% boarding tuition coverage through graduation)!

Western Reserve Academy is an almost 200-year-old coeducational boarding and day school that offers students in grades 9-PG a distinctive college preparatory education in a beautiful, supportive setting.

First step? Add your name below!

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So are we! Click the telescope to complete a more detailed form so WRA can learn about YOU and you can learn about US!

*Our Inquiry Form enables you to receive WRA admission materials so you can learn about the school!*

Light. Truth.

For almost 200 years, Western Reserve Academy has been guided by Lux et Veritas or light and truth. Click the compass rose, and get creative!

*Demonstrate light and truth through YOUR medium (photography, written word, dance, music, etc., etc., ETC.*

Share. Apply.

Click the key above to continue your admission journey and submit your creation/application to Western Reserve Academy by February 9, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

*You must submit your creation using the fields within the Western Reserve Academy Admission Portal Application or SAO Application to qualify for the scholarship.*

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The possibilities are endless...
Consider your unique strengths of expression. Consider what light and truth means to you. Consider the interesting collision between art and science. Consider mediums that inspire you (poetry, fine art, dramatic theatre, experiments, essay, photography, design and on and on and on). Need more inspiration? Listen to U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón read a poem she wrote for NASA.

We're #1...
From Frederick Douglass' historic Commencement address in 1854 when he declared, "...guided by wisdom, manned with truth, fidelity, and industry, the haven of peace, devoutly wished for by all, may be reached in safety by all" to a strategic plan that honors a rich history, and makes space for innovation, inclusivity and joy. As students navigate historic brick row, they gain access to the transformative power of signature programs, world-class facilities and the support of a community that prioritizes wellness, forever altering the trajectory of their lives. (Fun fact: Western Reserve Academy's Loomis Observatory, finished in 1838, is the second oldest in the United States!) Oh, and we were named #1 College Prep High School in Ohio, #1 Boarding School in Ohio and are rated a top Ohio High School for STEM.

We love visitors...
We're located in Hudson, Ohio, about 30 minutes from both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Akron Canton Regional Airport. Explore 190 acres of historic campus landscape, the charming town of Hudson, Ohio, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and so much more. Schedule a visit today!

There are still mysteries...
WRA is fortunate to have a very active alumni community and friends to the school who give back in very powerful ways. Western Reserve Academy brought opportunity to this mystery donor's life, and they wish to provide the same access to a remarkable young person. Learn about the NASA commission that inspired their gift and the total solar eclipse that will cut a path of totality straight through Hudson, Ohio on April 8, 2024!

Bright futures...
Because you're extraordinary, unique and creative. You're a leader, a thinker, an answer-seeker. Western Reserve Academy wants you because you're remarkable. You belong here.

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