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Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship

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

A limited number of scholarships are available each year. The amount of the award varies by grade:

  • 6th grade -- Up to $7,000 per recipient per year
  • 7th and 8th grade -- Up to $5,000 per recipient per year
  • 9th through 12th grades -- Up to $12,000 per recipient per year

 Eligibility and Selection Process

All applicants who complete the application process by January 15, 2019 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. Recipients of the Mary L Burke Merit Scholarship Program will present strong performance in a rigorous academic program and high SSAT scores. Burke Scholars must also be committed to their community and school, show strength of character, and demonstrate the skills and determination necessary for success at Whitfield.

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.

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.


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