Merit-Based Scholarships

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While most financial aid at Gould comes in the form of need-based aid, merit scholarships are offered for two purposes: to further assist families in providing their children with an outstanding educational experience and to recognize students with exceptional academic records, standardized test results, and personal qualities as measured by extracurricular participation, personal character, and motivation.


The core of Gould’s mission is “To Prepare Students to Live Lives of Purpose and Action.”

We seek students who possess the energy to try, the willingness to risk, and the capacity to persevere.

Merit Scholarships are a way for Gould to reward individual excellence and a way for more individuals to learn more about the transformative power of the Gould community.


Gould Academy offers a wide range of merit-based scholarships that have differing criteria (listed below). All incoming domestic applicants are considered for the merit scholarship(s) for which they qualify. If identified as a potential candidate for a merit scholarship, applicants will be notified and provided with an opportunity to further demonstrate their interest in Gould.

All merit based scholars are also eligible to apply for, and receive, need-based financial aid.

Merit Based Scholarships at Gould

1836 Scholars

Boarding students who are residents of the State of Maine and applying to Grade 9

1836 Scholars may be awarded up to $30,000 each academic year through graduation.

Legacy Scholars

Boarding and day students applying to grades 9 and 10

Eligible students are children or grandchildren of Gould Academy alumni whom exemplify Gould’s mission and core values. Legacy Scholars will be awarded $10,000 each academic year through graduation.

Dirigo Scholars

Boarding students applying to grades 9 and 10

Eligible students are self-monitoring, self-motivating students with a proven track record of directing their own learning. Eligible students can be:

  •    Programmers
  •    Innovators
  •    Robotic Team Members
  •    Camp Participants in programs like Outward Bound or NOLS

Dirigo Scholars will be awarded up to $25,000 each academic year through graduation.

Sunday River Scholars

Boarding students applying to grades 9

Eligible students can be

Sunday River Scholars are exceptional students who possess the Northern New England values of authenticity, humility, resilience, loyalty, and hard work. Sunday River Scholars will be awarded up to $25,000 each academic year through graduation.

Boyne Scholars

Boarding students applying to grades 9 and 10

Eligible students will have participated, for multiple years, in the competitive weekend program at Sugarloaf, Loon, Big Sky, Boyne Mountain, Brighton Mountain, Gatlinburg Ski Lift, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Crystal Mountain, Cypress Mountain

Boyne Scholars will be awarded up to $20,000 each academic year through graduation.

Gateway Scholar

Boarding Students applying to grades 9, 10, and 11

Eligible students are residents of California, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or Utah who possesses superior athletic and academic abilities. Gateway Scholars will be awarded up to $20,000 each academic year through graduation.

Mountain Scholars

Boarding Students applying to grades 9

Eligible students are on-snow athletes (alpine, freestyle, Nordic, or snowboarding) whose home mountains are located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia.

Mountain Scholars will be nationally competitive on-snow athletes and possess an extraordinary academic record. Mountain Scholars will be awarded up to $20,000 each academic year through graduation.

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

Andrew Bishop

Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management
B.A. Hobart And William Smith Colleges
M.A. Columbia University

Bio

Andrew‘s first introduction to boarding schools was when he began his high school experience at The Groton School. These transformative four years shaped Andrew‘s life and immediately after graduation from Hobart College, he started his career in independent schools as an English teacher at Cushing Academy.

Before Gould, Andrew spent nine years at Berwick Academy serving as their Director of Admission and Financial Aid. During his time at Berwick, Andrew was part of the English department, coached lacrosse and hockey, was a member of the school’s diversity initiatives, and named Co-Chair of BA’s NEASC Self-Study team, and appointed the advisor for the class of 2013.

Professionally, he has attended numerous conferences about diversity and inclusivity, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the work of John Steinbeck and asked to share his findings at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference. Andrew has also presented at NAIS’s SSS and SSATB’s national conferences. In 2009, he was accepted to the Klingenstein Summer Institute.

In 2010, Andrew completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University. At Columbia, Andrew worked with Harlem Academy’s Admission Office developing new methods of applicant assessment based on research conducted at UPenn, Stanford, and Columbia’s schools of education. In collaboration with others, Andrew crafted a new admissions policy for Harlem Academy that placed a greater value on noncognitive skills such as character, family partnership, resilience, and desire to learn over the traditional indicators of academic success.