The Merit Scholarship Program

In 2005, St. Andrew's Episcopal school was selected as the recipient of a $2 million grant from the Malone Family Foundation for the purpose of creating scholarships for academically gifted students with financial need.

The Malone Scholars application process attracted hundreds of diverse, gifted applicants from throughout the Jackson metro area who shared a common desire to attend St. Andrew's. The caliber of the applicants was high, and the selection committee often found it difficult to choose from the pool of talented students, any of whom would have been a valuable addition to the St. Andrew's community.

In order to offer more of these gifted students the opportunity to receive a St. Andrew's education, the school created the Arches to Excellence Scholarship. The application process for Arches to Excellence is as rigorous as the Malone Scholars process, and recognition as an Arches to Excellence Scholar is equally prestigious. Together, the two scholarships make up the Merit Scholarship Program at St. Andrew's Episcopal School.

The recipients of the Malone and Arches to Excellence Scholarships shine, both during their time at St. Andrew's and in their pursuits after graduation. Malone Scholar Karissa Bowley '11 is a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis. Since enrolling at Rhodes, Bowley has excelled in the classroom, played on the softball team, and volunteered with a community garden, the Advocates for the Homeless program, and in a local kindergarten classroom. This fall, Bowley will serve as a site coordinator for Kinney, a community service and activism group on campus. Bowley also spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Ghana. Bowley describes receiving the Malone Scholarship as a life-changing experience, and credits St. Andrew's with equipping her with the skills that helped her excel in college.

“The most effective skill I acquired at St. Andrew's was balance," Bowley says. “I learned how to be an artist, an honor roll student, a varsity softball player, and a community member. At St. Andrew's, the teachers and coaches expected all you could give, and you learned to meet their standards or to work your hardest trying. Managing my time and giving myself fully to all my activities has been important to me since I started college."

Aritra Biswas '13 was the recipient of St. Andrew's Adele Franks Medal and is now at the California Institute of Technology, where he plans to major in physics. Biswas transferred to St. Andrew's as an eighth grader after receiving the Arches to Excellence Scholarship.

“The environment at my previous schools wasn't what I wanted," Biswas says. “At times it felt like there were few people in the building that cared about education, instead focusing on fulfilling requirements, teaching to a test, or just making students memorize methods instead of understanding them. When I visited St. Andrew's, I instantly saw a difference. Teachers cared about the value of what they were teaching."

The Merit Scholarship Program not only makes it possible for gifted students to attend St. Andrew's, but also gives those students the preparation they need to succeed in college and in life. At the annual banquet honoring the scholarship recipients and their families, Stephanie Garriga, St. Andrew's director of institutional advancement, said, “As you have accepted this opportunity to reach for your dreams, please know that it is our dream that you will use this scholarship as your steppingstone to greater horizons."

The 2017-2018 Merit Application is now open.

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