Merit-Based Scholarships

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Gould Academy has the honor of offering several opportunities for Merit Scholarship. These awards are given to students who have proven academic success and excel in arts, athletics, STEM/design thinking, and/or leadership qualities.

To be considered for our merit awards, student must:

  • complete the application process with Gould
  • be new boarding or day students entering grades 9-11
  • continue to uphold excellence in Gould standards throughout their career here

Interested families should submit a letter of interest to the committee along with any supporting information they would like to share to The student and family will be notified with their acceptance on March 10 if they are receiving an award.

Please note that the number of merit awards is limited.

Merit Based Scholarships at Gould

The 1836 Award

Founded in 1836, Gould has led the way in innovation and excellence. From being the first school with its own blog, to creating the IDEAS Center, Gould values leadership and innovation and nurtures globally minded citizens.  The 1836 Award honors students who model those Gould values through excellence in academics, athletics, arts, and innovation.

The Dirigo Award

Dirigo, which is latin for to lead, appears in the Maine state seal. This award is given to select Maine students who show excellence in leadership as well as academics, athletics, arts and/or innovation and design thinking.

The Legacy Award

As an Academy that values tradition as well as innovation, Gould is honored to offer awards to the grandchildren and children of Gould Alumni who qualify for admission.

For more information about Merit Scholarships, financial aid, or applying to Gould, please contact:

Beth Garfield
Associate Director of Admissions
Day Student Advisor
Gould Parents’ Association
M.Ed, Plymouth State University

Mrs. Garfield brings extensive experience working in education as a school counselor and holds a Vermont Level II Professional Educator’s License Endorsement for K-12 School Counselors. She worked at Dothan Brook Elementary School in White River Junction, Vermont, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing a nationally recognized comprehensive school counseling program to improve achievement, attendance, and discipline and close achievement and opportunity gaps. She has been a PBIS instructional practice coach, high school counselor, class advisor, teacher mentor, kindergarten teacher, and Yogakids instructor. She and her family enjoy the experiential learning and outdoor recreation and opportunities that Gould and Bethel have to offer. She lives in Bethel with her husband, Brian, and their three children — Maia ’20, Phoebe ’22, and Zachary.

Marcy LaVallee ’98

Associate Director of Admissions & Marketing Liaison
B.A., University of Maine


Ms. LaVallee is a third-generation alumna of Gould Academy (Elizabeth Sargent LaVallee ’67 and Alzena Lord Sargent ’42) and a graduate of The University of Maine with a B.A. in Studio Art.  Her area of study focused largely on sculpture with an emphasis on metalwork including welding and bronze casting. While a student, she was an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority, served on the Panhellenic Council as Vice President of Recruitment, and was inducted into the Order of Omega.

She has an extensive background in marketing as a product manager for Gemline and more recently as a corporate program manager for Geiger. She loves the outdoors, the mountains, and spends weekends during the winter as a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Level 100 certified alpine coach for the GACP weekend program.  She also enjoys camping, reading historical fiction, riding dressage on her horse Bode, and practicing Kyokushin Karate.

She lives in the Bethel area with her partner, Asher Anderson ’05, and their three children, Lewis ’26, Charlotte, and Tristan.

Greg Miller

Associate Director of Admission/Financial Aid Coordinator

M.Ed., St. Lawrence University
B.S., University of Delaware



Greg Miller spent the last five years in Newport, Rhode Island, as the head men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS).

Prior to that, he worked for three years years as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University (one year as an adjunct professor in First Year Program) and two years as an assistant coach at Susquehanna University.

After college, he played nine years of professional basketball in various countries throughout Europe (6 in Germany, 1 in France, 1 in Sweden, and 1 in Switzerland).

He lives on campus with his wife, Alex Norden, and likes to spend time reading, hiking, and exercising.