Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship

The Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship was established in 2012 through the generosity of an anonymous donor to recognize talented middle and high school students who are new to the Whitfield community. The scholarship is named in honor of Mary L. Burke, PhD, the passionate, energetic, and dedicated visionary who served as Head of School from 1984 until her retirement in 2004.


Burke Scholars
(Middle School)


Burke Scholars
(Upper School)


Annual award


Eligibility & Selection Process

All applicants who complete the application process by the application deadline will be considered for the Burke Merit Scholarship program. Recipients will be notified of their selection with their admission decision in February (grade 9) or March (grades 6-8, 10-12).

Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarships are granted for academic achievement. They are not awarded for athletic or extracurricular talent. Mary L. Burke Merit Scholars are high achieving students who also reflect values consistent with the Habits of Mind and Heart, including six areas of human potential:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Ethical conduct
  3. Citizenship
  4. Leadership
  5. Mindfulness
  6. Cultural competence

Scholarship Renewal

Merit scholarships awarded to students in middle school are renewable each year the student is in middle school; high school merit scholarships are renewable each year until the student graduates. In order to renew the scholarship, recipients must maintain a strong academic performance and be a positive contributor to the Whitfield community.

The Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship Program is separate from Whitfield School’s need-based financial aid program; Burke Scholars may also apply for need-based financial aid. However, the total amount of aid to the student will not exceed the full amount of tuition.

If you have any questions about the Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship Program, please contact Emily Chrysler, director of admission, at (314) 415-1270.