Merit Scholarship Recipients Announced
New Garden Friends School is pleased to announce that Virginia Ignelzi and Rachel Rouse have been named the New Garden Friends School Merit Scholarship recipients from our current eighth grade class. We congratulate these accomplished students. Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, character and leadership. The scholarship provides for 75% of the full tuition costs for 4 years of our Upper School provided the recipient remains in good standing.
The recipients were chosen from an outstanding group of applicants. A selection committee reviewed each application, and criteria for the award included extraordinary character, academic excellence, and leadership. The selection committee also recognized applicants Sam Dell and Ethan Digby-New for honorable mention.
These students represent the heart of the New Garden Friends School educational community. A profile of the recipients is included below:
“I want to always be aware of my actions and the impact they have. When just one person does something new and different, it paves the way for others…I want to make the community better. I want to leave a legacy of good stewardship and community service at New Garden Friends School.” Virginia shared these thoughts in her essay about her legacy.
Virginia’s dedication to her education is evident in the manner in which she approaches her assignments. For example, when assigned a research paper, she asked if she could write a much longer paper so she could explore the factors that affected the outcome of the Revolutionary War in greater depth and detail. Service to others is simply a way of life for Virginia. Participation with the trailer project last year with our Middle School raised her awareness about the situation some families endure. Virginia was so impressed by the mission of Backpack Beginnings, she and a peer organized a supply drive to gather needed materials to support the work of the organization.
“When a community has rules instead of queries, people think too much about how other people might be breaking the rules...In a strong community, people think about how they can help the community…queries enhance this.” Rachel shared these thoughts in her essay on the practice of queries.
Rachel challenges herself in all the arenas of her life. Academically she chooses to hold the bar high, and often pushes past what is expected to further her understanding of a topic. Similarly, Rachel pushes herself outside of the classroom. She is recognized as a leader who understands that sometimes the most important contribution is to step in and contribute however is needed. When helping her classmates raise money for the trailer project last year, Rachel took the earliest time slot just as the sun was rising so she could do her part for this important cause and also keep a commitment she had made the same morning. Her determination, drive and exemplary character are evident in the quality of her academic work, the glowing way teachers discuss her academic engagement, and her leadership.