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:

Christopher Sparks

B.A., University of Southern Maine
Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement

Chris has spent 20 years working with families and students at the university and independent school levels. Prior to his re-arrival at Gould, he worked as the director of Advancement at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, and also at his alma mater, Wilbraham and Monson Academy, as director of admissions and head boys’ basketball coach. As a collegiate men’s basketball coach, he spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University, Brown University, and the University of New England. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, he served for three years as a middle school special education teacher in the Portland, Maine, public school system. Chris attended the University of Southern Maine, and holds a certificate from the Lily School of Philanthropy in Non-Profit Fundraising.
He and his wife, Leah, and children Keenan, Cuyler, Ruby, and Christopher Jr. are thankful to be a part of the Gould community.