Malone Scholars Program
Schools Selected in 2004

The following schools were recipients of Malone Scholars Program endowments in 2004 and, therefore, offer Malone Scholarships annually:

Commonwealth School
151 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-7525

Commonwealth is a co-educational independent secondary school, occupying two adjoining brownstones in Boston's Back Bay. Founded in 1957 by Charles Merrill, Jr., “to restore good secondary schooling to the city, in a stimulating and realistic setting for education,” the school today serves 145 students from the metropolitan area.

In keeping with its mission — “to educate young people from diverse backgrounds to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, and creative adults, capable of careful analysis, fruitful cooperation, and deep commitment” — Commonwealth's gifted and accomplished teachers set the highest standards and work hard to help their students meet them. In the liveliness and warmth of a small yet richly varied community, classmates' talents, curiosity, and humor often generate excitement and energy.

Commonwealth's program aims to give every graduate:

  • the ability to write clear, forceful English, and wide experience in literature and the art of reading;

  • a thorough grounding in mathematics and the natural sciences;

  • a historical perspective on human affairs;

  • mastery of at least one foreign language;

  • extensive involvement in the making of art; and

  • meaningful engagement, through courses, independent projects, and community service, with the city around them.

The headmaster since 2000, William D. Wharton, sees the school's collective enterprise this way:

“We want our students to develop the intellectual tools that are indispensable if reason, not habit, is to guide their thinking and if spirited engagement, not idle consumption, is to characterize their actions.

"Students here are challenged — by the books they read, the arts they practice, the responsibilities they take on, and the many faces of Boston they meet — to cultivate strong minds and generous hearts.”

Fort Worth Country Day School
4200 Country Day Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76109-4299

Fort Worth Country Day School is the largest independent, coed, K-12 college preparatory program in Fort Worth, Texas, with 1,100 students celebrating a 41-year tradition of blending academics, the arts, and athletics.

Fort Worth Country Day believes that children have a tremendous capacity for learning. Expectations are based on the conviction that children will attain high levels of achievement if they are both challenged and encouraged through caring support at school and home. Discipline and pride in a job well done are the norm. Country Day expects students to develop a solid work ethic and to understand that superior accomplishment is earned by extraordinary effort. In addition, student organizations in K-12 initiate projects that allow FWCDS to be an active part of the greater Fort Worth community.

Whether by tutoring or mentoring public school students through Summerbridge at Fort Worth Country Day - a Breakthrough Program, coaching inner-city sports teams, building and landscaping houses for Habitat for Humanity, supporting the food bank, Presbyterian Night Shelter, the penny drive or the mitten tree, students in every grade make a difference through community service.

Fort Worth Country Day School is about people. It is a community united by a single purpose: to inspire the passion to learn, the courage to lead and the commitment to serve.

Indian Springs School
190 Woodward Drive
Indian Springs, AL 35124

Indian Springs School is a co-educational boarding and day school serving approximately 265 students in grades 8 through 12. The rural campus comprises 350 acres, including a 12-acre lake, and is located fifteen miles south of downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The school attracts students primarily from the southeastern United States, the majority from Alabama. Ten other states and six foreign countries are also represented.

Indian Springs School was the brainchild of Harvey G. Woodward, a Birmingham industrialist who attended M.I.T. and who wanted to establish a school in his home state to “train young men for a lifetime of learning.” Mr. Woodward left his estate and a detailed description of his vision when he died in 1930. The school opened its doors in 1952 with ten faculty members and sixty boys. The school served as a boarding school for boys from Birmingham and rural Alabama, and from the start its graduates went off to distinguished colleges around the nation.

The founding director of the school, Dr. Louis Armstrong, made certain that an Indian Springs education was far more than sound preparation for college. A program was put into place designed to awaken intellectual curiosity. Students were encouraged to keep open minds and question their assumptions. Working together in a model of shared governance, students and faculty wrote a constitution that defined community responsibilities, and the school ran like a small town, with town meetings called regularly for the discussion of issues. By the 1970's, the school had grown to include equal numbers of day students and boarders. An 8th grade was added, and the school became coeducational.

The mission of Indian Springs School is to develop in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship. Inspired by the motto Learning through Living, the school is a community of talented boarding and day students and dedicated faculty committed to the belief that in learning to balance individual achievement with the values and principles of democracy, the student can develop to his or her full stature.



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