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Scholarships

Scholarships are established by Rowland Hall donors, and applicants must meet specific qualifications in order to be considered.

A scholarship may require that an applicant be of a certain grade level, gender, or ethnicity, or must possess specific academic interests. Rowland Hall donors have established scholarships for students who possess both specific talents/qualifications and demonstrate financial need.

Rowland Hall offers merit-only scholarships for new applicants to grades nine through eleven and merit/need combination scholarships for new applicants to grades K-12. Currently enrolled financial aid recipients are automatically considered for scholarships.

All financial aid applicants will be automatically considered for need-based scholarships. Merit-based and combination scholarships may require additional application components for consideration. Please read the specific eligibility requirements, due dates, and application requirements carefully for each of the scholarships below.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Ian Cumming Scholarship

In 1986, Ian Cumming, Trustee Emeritus, established a scholarship to improve access to Rowland Hall for students who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence. The $7,500 Ian Cumming Scholarship is renewable annually given the student’s continued good academic and behavioral standing.

Who Should Apply?

  • New students applying for admission to grades 9-11.
  • Applicants who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • Applicants who embody the Rowland Hall mission: We inspire students to lead ethical and productive lives through a college preparatory program that promotes the pursuit of academic and personal excellence.

Requirements

  • Complete the Rowland Hall application for admission.
  • Student Writing Sample: Students, please submit an essay, via email, to Hadley Smith with “Ian Cumming Scholarship” in the subject line. Your essay should address the following question: What academic experience or community contribution are you most proud of and why?

Timeline

  • Finalist interviews: Late February
  • Announcement of Ian Cumming Scholars: Early March

Need-Based Scholarships

For New or Returning Students

All returning and new financial aid applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships.

  • Adam Bradford Scholarship
  • Aunt Henry / Fanny Jones Scholarship
  • John & Marcia Price Family Scholarship
  • Lynne Marianni Zimmerman Scholarship
  • Palazzi/Day Family Scholarship
  • Patricia C Brim Memorial Scholarship
  • Rose Deisley Scholarship
  • Pat & Virginia Gibbons Scholarship
  • R. Harold Burton Foundation Scholarship
  • Swanson Foundation Scholarship

Need- and Merit-Based Scholarships

Rowland Hall Alumni Scholarship

The Rowland Hall Alumni Scholarship was established in 2014, following the 2010 establishment of the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Through this scholarship, funded entirely by donations from alumni, our graduates empower future students to enjoy the benefits of a Rowland Hall education.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • New students applying for admission to grades K-12.
  • Applicants who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • Those who demonstrate financial need to qualify for funding through Rowland Hall’s need-based financial aid process.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the Rowland Hall application for admission.
  • Complete the Rowland Hall financial aid application.
  • Please submit a student writing sample in the form of an essay. Essays should address the prompt below. You may submit your essay via email, to Hadley Smith, with "Rowland Hall Alumni Scholarship" in the subject line.
  • Writing sample essay question: Why are you interested in attending Rowland Hall and what do you hope to contribute as part of the Rowland Hall community?
  • No writing sample is required for K-5 applicants.

TIMELINE

  • Announcement of Alumni Scholar: Early March.

David Cumming Diversity Scholarship

In 2003, David Cumming, former trustee, established the David Cumming Diversity Scholarship to provide tuition assistance for underrepresented students who qualify for financial aid. The amount of the award varies according to the financial need documented by the student’s family. If a student is designated as a David Cumming Diversity Scholar, the school is committed to providing the scholarship through graduation at Rowland Hall, in accordance with the financial need demonstrated annually by the student’s family and the student’s continued good academic and behavioral standing. If an applicant is not awarded this scholarship, he or she may be admitted to Rowland Hall and financial aid may be available.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • New students applying for admission to grades 9-11.
  • Applicants who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • People who represent diverse racial backgrounds.
  • Those who demonstrate financial need to qualify for funding through Rowland Hall’s need-based financial aid process.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the Rowland Hall application for admission.
  • Complete the Rowland Hall financial aid application.
  • Student Writing Sample: Students, please submit your essay answer to the prompt below via email to Hadley Smith with “David Cumming Diversity Scholarship” in the subject line.
  • Prompt: A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in our community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. 

TIMELINE

  • Finalist interviews: Late February.
  • Announcement of David Cumming Diversity scholar: Early March.

Pastor France Davis Scholarship

Rowland Hall was the first school in Utah to establish the Pastor France Davis Scholarship; a scholarship that honors and acknowledges the contributions of Pastor France Davis to Salt Lake City and the State of Utah, particularly in the areas of civil rights and diversity, as well as his role in community-building at the Calvary Baptist Church where he has been pastor since 1974.

The amount of this scholarship varies according to the financial need documented by the student’s family. If a student is designated as a Pastor France Davis Scholar, the school is committed to providing the scholarship through graduation at Rowland Hall, in accordance with the financial need demonstrated annually by the student’s family and the student’s continued good academic and behavioral standing. If an applicant is not awarded this scholarship, he or she may be admitted to Rowland Hall and financial aid may be available.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • New students applying for admission to grades K-6.
  • Applicants who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • Applicants who are of African-American descent.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the Rowland Hall application for admission.
  • Complete the Rowland Hall financial aid application.
  • Submit One Additional Character Recommendation Letter: Please ask someone other than your child’s classroom teacher to email a character letter of recommendation to Hadley Smith. Some suggestions of people to consider are coaches, instructors other than the classroom teacher, Boy Scout or Girl Scout leaders, or religious leaders.

TIMELINE

Announcement of Pastor France Davis Scholarship scholar: Early March.

Malone Family Foundation Scholarship

Rowland Hall was selected in the spring of 2011 by the Malone Family Foundation as the only school in Utah to receive a $2 million endowment for the funding of educational opportunities for students who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence and whose family demonstrates financial need.

The Malone Family Foundation was founded in 1997 by Dr. John C. Malone, well-known communications and media executive and investor, and his family, with one principal objective: to improve access to quality education—particularly at the secondary school level—for extraordinary students who lack the financial resources to best develop their talents.

Rowland Hall is pleased to offer academically motivated students the opportunity to apply for a Malone Scholarship. Students applying for admission to grades 7-9 for the upcoming year are eligible to apply. The amount of the award will vary according to the financial need documented by the student’s family. If an applicant is not awarded this scholarship, he or she may be admitted to Rowland Hall and financial aid may be available.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • New students applying for admission to grades 7-9.
  • Citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • Demonstrate financial need to qualify for funding of at least 30 percent of tuition through Rowland Hall’s need-based financial aid process.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the Rowland Hall application for admission.
  • Complete the Rowland Hall financial aid application.
  • Student Writing Sample: Students please submit your answer to ONE of the following topics, via email, to Hadley Smith, with "Malone Family Scholarship" in the subject line:
    • Evaluate a significant experience, challenge, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its effect on you; OR
    • Education is a journey. How has your journey been thus far, and what do you see when you look to the future?

TIMELINE

Announcement of Malone Family Foundation Scholarship scholar: Early March.

DETAILS

  • All financial aid information is confidential.
  • Students applying for the Malone Scholarship must provide proof of United States citizenship.
  • If an applicant is not awarded a Malone Scholarship, he or she may be admitted and Rowland Hall financial aid may be available.
  • For more information about applying, please email Director of Financial Aid Hadley Smith or call him at 801-924-2964.

HOW ROWLAND HALL WAS SELECTED

The Malone Foundation researched independent schools across the country and invited schools to apply for the endowment. The Malone Family Foundation selected Rowland Hall on the basis of our scholastic record, our college matriculation history, our enriched academic and extra-curricular offerings, as well as our geographic location in an area not already served by their endowments.

Weinholtz Family Scholarship

In 2013, Michael and Donna Weinholtz, parents of a Rowland Hall “lifer” in the class of 2013, established the Weinholtz Family Scholarship to provide full tuition for new students applying for admission to grades K-5 who demonstrate 100% financial need.

If a student is designated as a Weinholtz Scholar, the school is committed to providing the scholarship through graduation at Rowland Hall, in accordance with the financial need demonstrated annually by the student’s family and the student’s continued good academic and behavioral standing. The scholarship may also include funding for Rowland Hall Extended Day programs and other school related expenses.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • New students applying for admission to grades K-5.
  • Applicants who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • Demonstrate 100% financial need through Rowland Hall’s need-based financial aid process.

REQUIREMENTS

TIMELINE

Announcement of Weinholtz Family Scholar: Early March.

Availability

Scholarship availability varies each year; please email Hadley Smith for current scholarship availability.

Stories About Scholarships at Rowland Hall

Valuing socioeconomic diversity

Ally Hansen

Senior Ally Hansen (pictured above, center) gave the following speech to 330 guests at Rowland Hall's biennial auction March 16. After she shared her story, a paddle raise garnered $88,050 for school financial aid. Thank you to Ally for her heartfelt words, and to our generous donors for empowering wonderful students like her to attend Rowland Hall.

I’ve been attending Rowland Hall since seventh grade, but before that I’d attended the same public school since kindergarten. It was considered small, yet it was almost twice the size of Rowland Hall’s middle and upper schools combined. Despite the size, I never really fit into the community. It was uninviting, unaccepting, and relatively unfriendly. I didn’t like it there very much, and wanted an escape. I looked at other options for middle school, but they were limited. 

A friend told me about Rowland Hall and I looked into it. I quickly realized it wouldn’t be an option for me, as there was no way I could afford it. Then, another friend—a Rowland Hall junior with whom I played competitive basketball—told me about the Malone Scholarship. So I applied, and here I am six years later.

Rowland Hall gave me something no other place had ever given me: a sense of belonging. I felt happy with who I was, quirks and all.

At my previous school, I was always the tomboy. I didn’t want to walk around talking about clothes or boys during recess; I wanted to play football on the back field instead. But I was never really included anywhere—the boys wouldn’t let a girl play with them, and the girls thought I was weird. During my first few weeks at Rowland Hall, I met this boy and one of the very first things he asked me was if I wanted to throw a football with him during recess. He is now one of my very best friends. This is just one example of the warm, loving, and accepting community I was quickly welcomed into. Rowland Hall gave me something no other place had ever given me: a sense of belonging. I felt happy with who I was, weird quirks and all. 

Rowland Hall made me realize my true potential and gave me all the tools I needed to be successful. I played basketball my two years in Middle School and all four years in the Upper School, making varsity my freshman year. This last year, I was lucky enough to be elected team captain. I was a good leader because I always led by example. I knew that if I did what I was supposed to, then others would follow in my footsteps. Also, I always pushed for “better” and never wanted to settle for “good enough.” Rowland Hall taught me what a real leader looks like, so when it was my turn to step into those shoes I knew exactly what to do.

Ally Hansen takes a jump shot in a basketball game.

Ally Hansen takes a jump shot in a January 10 basketball game.

I’ve been able to write my own ticket because of the education Rowland Hall provides. When I enrolled in Rowland Hall, I couldn’t have even imagined how great my life would turn out.

Lastly, Rowland Hall opened my eyes to all of the opportunities out there—ways to become the most successful person I can be. The school community made me feel like I was good enough to pursue my dreams. I’d been dead set on attending the University of Utah as long as I can remember. But my truly amazing counselors, teachers, and friends exposed me to the idea of expanding my horizons and considering other schools. Now, I’ll be attending Arizona State University (ASU) in fall, majoring in sports journalism and pursuing a dream I’ve had since I was little: becoming a sportscaster. I would have never even looked at that college had it not been for that very same seventh-grade friend who asked me to throw the football (he’s the one who told me about ASU), and for Rowland Hall, which opened my eyes to new possibilities.

My whole life is different because of my scholarship. I now have four of the most amazing friends anyone could ask for and I’ve been able to write my own ticket because of the education Rowland Hall provides. When I enrolled in Rowland Hall, I couldn’t have even imagined how great my life would turn out. None of this would have been possible without the Malone Family Foundation’s generosity. I will be forever grateful. I only hope that other people will be able to have the same opportunities and experiences I did. But for many, Rowland Hall is not a financial option without the generosity of people like you. So tonight, I ask you to please get out your phones and give generously to support future students like me. Thank you.

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In Memoriam: Ian Cumming

Rowland Hall mourns the February passing of trustee emeritus Ian Cumming. Mr. Cumming served on Rowland Hall's board in the 1970s while his two sons, David and John, were students. Over the years, Ian generously shared his time, advice, and financial resources with the school, and his passing is a loss for our entire community.

In 1986, Mr. Cumming established the Ian Cumming Scholarship to improve access to Rowland Hall for students who show capacity and motivation for academic excellence. As our only fully merit-based aid, the Ian Cumming Scholarship has attracted many outstanding students to the school and given them the opportunity to pursue a Rowland Hall education. "I am a different person due to the Cumming Scholarship," said Valerie Floyd Rasmussen '93. "Inside Rowland Hall's classrooms, I built courage to voice opinions, be myself, engage as a community participant, and inquire about the world. Most importantly, my Rowland Hall experience produced lifelong relationships. Ian Cumming, you changed my life. I'm forever grateful."

Mr. Cumming was a true visionary for Rowland Hall. When the school began to outgrow its home on the Avenues Campus, it was Mr. Cumming who suggested to Head of School Alan Sparrow that he look into acquiring the property next to the armory on Guardsman Way. Ian prophetically told Alan it was "the future of Rowland Hall." The McCarthey Campus now sits on the old armory property, and plans are underway to build a new Middle School and Upper School on the adjacent land, which will unite the school on one campus for the first time since 1984.

During the first phase of the Capital Campaign—building the Steiner Campus athletic fields—Mr. Cumming's financial support was critical. Toward the end of the fundraising efforts, he and Annette Cumming, his wife, offered to match donations dollar for dollar. This generous act propelled giving in our community, helping the project to be completed on time and under budget.

Mr. Cumming's advice and leadership over the years have been instrumental to the school's success, prompting Rowland Hall's board to name him an emeritus trustee in 2005. At the February 2018 meeting, trustees unanimously agreed to recognize Mr. Cumming and thanked him for his service to the school. Our thoughts are with Annette Cumming, John '87 and Kristi Terzian Cumming '85, David and Allison Cumming, and the rest of the Cumming family during this difficult time.

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Through Prestigious Malone Scholarships, Bright Students Empowered to Attend Rowland Hall

As an eighth-grade gymnast and tumbler, Sophia Cutrubus dreamt of cheerleading for a high school football team. She lived in Ogden, an hour north of Salt Lake City. So when her parents broached the idea of applying to Rowland Hall, she balked.

I immediately understood why I should be here.—Sophia Cutrubus, Class of 2018, after visiting Rowland Hall

"I didn't know what the school was like at all," she said. To appease her folks, she attended an Upper School open house, where she chatted with English teacher Dr. Carolyn Hickman and history teacher Dr. Fiona Halloran. Then, she spent a day shadowing a student—Sophia still remembers Rob Wilson's biology lecture about the human heart. Her interactions with students and faculty revealed a community that cared deeply about education, she said. "I immediately understood why I should be here."

So her mom helped her complete school and scholarship applications, including one for a Malone Family Foundation Scholarship. Then, one evening in early 2014, the eighth grader visited her grandparents' house, and walked into a deluge of confetti and silly string—her mom had planned a surprise party with family and a few friends. She opened her Rowland Hall admission letter, and then a separate scholarship letter. She still remembers reading it line by and line, and seeing the grand total and how the Malone Scholarship covered most of her family's costs. "It was just a really emotional thing," she said. She was moved that Rowland Hall wanted her to attend and financially empowered her to do so.

Back in spring 2011, a similar celebration transpired at Rowland Hall when administrators learned the Malone Family Foundation—after a rigorous evaluation process including an on-site visit—had deemed us one of their 50 scholarship schools, and the only in Utah. "We were jumping up and down and giving people high-fives," Head of School Alan Sparrow said. "It was a great honor to be selected as a Malone Family Foundation school."

Media executive and philanthropist Dr. John C. Malone and his family started the foundation in 1997 to enable motivated students to attain scholarships to top independent schools, according to the foundation. These students must also demonstrate financial need—without the Malone Scholarship, they'd lack the resources to attend an independent school.

At Rowland Hall, the $2 million endowment each year provides a total of $100,000 in scholarships for six students in grades seven through twelve. Once a student earns a Malone Scholarship, it follows them through their Rowland Hall career. Since 2011, the program has helped 12 Winged Lions attend our institution.

Being a Malone School offers advantages beyond the endowment, according to Mr. Sparrow. Every June, he and other Malone School heads gather at Stanford University to share ideas. They also benefit from the college's many resources and speakers—this past summer, for instance, they heard from the director of Stanford's artificial intelligence lab.

Here at Rowland Hall, our head of school applauds the Malone Scholarship for attracting students whose perspectives enhance the community. "They're all motivated to get as much as possible out of the education we offer," Mr. Sparrow said of our scholars. "At the same time, they give back to the community through their participation—whether in classes, or on sports teams, or in the arts—and fully immerse themselves in the school community and beyond."

Sophomore and Malone Scholar Andres Torres came here as a seventh grader, and like Sophia, found Rowland Hall to be a natural fit from his first interview with our Admission Office. The debater and track athlete especially enjoys his history and science classes, and excitedly shows off his smart-phone case adorned with the Voyager spacecrafts' Golden Record design. He might want to be an engineer one day, he said, and appreciates how Rowland Hall has expanded his knowledge. "Academically, it's a great fit for me," he said. "I like the workload, and the amount of things I learn is pretty vast."

Before I came to Rowland Hall, I didn't really know what it meant to push myself and to expect the best of myself. It really woke me up.—Sophia Cutrubus

Being a Malone Scholar simply means valuing your education, Sophia echoed, and it's changed the way she approaches school. "Before I came to Rowland Hall, I didn't really know what it meant to push myself and to expect the best of myself," she said. "It really woke me up." She embraced the challenge and flourished in the community. "I had to start thinking about ethics and morality, and pushing myself not to just get that A, but to really feel proud of the work I was doing," said Sophia, who's also expanded her cultural horizons here: she sits on the Inclusion and Equity Committee, and spent her Project 11 teaching dance to middle schoolers in the Navajo Nation.

Since her freshman year, Sophia has tackled an ambitious roster of classes and learned to reach out to teachers for help. Faculty, in turn, have encouraged her. "They're really invested in who you are as a person," she said. "To them, you're not just another person sitting in a desk."

The respect is mutual; Sophia's instructors commend her intellectual curiosity. In January, history teachers Dr. Nate Kogan and Dr. Fiona Halloran took the then-junior and five other students to the American Historical Association's Annual Meeting—read about the trip. According to Dr. Halloran, Sophi (as she's often called) happily attended sessions on all kinds of obscure topics, and on various peoples of the past: "North Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America—she was interested in everyone," the teacher said.

"She's bright, energetic, critical, observant, and kind," Dr. Halloran added. "On top of these gifts, Sophi is a person who wants you to try the amazing lemon tart she's enjoying...She's enthusiastic and eager for others to share her pleasure in every excitement she encounters."

Since Rowland Hall doesn't have football or cheerleading, Sophia turned to the next best thing—our dance program, led by Sofia Gorder. When Sophia nervously auditioned for Dance Ensemble, an older peer, Hannah Riter '15, took the novice under her wing and ushered her through the choreography. With a lift from classmates like Hannah and the passionate, dynamic Ms. Gorder, Sophia fell in love with the artform and became a standout performer, now in Dance Ensemble VI.

Rowland Hall has helped Sophia find her niche, and next year, she hopes to attend college for dance and biology. In Dr. Halloran's opinion, Sophia is talented enough to do nearly anything. "She's going to sample the world and land somewhere interesting, doing something unexpected," the teacher said. And Sophia credits Rowland Hall for encouraging her self-exploration and self-expression these past four years—it's been worth her hourlong commute.

To learn more about our Malone Family Foundation Scholarship, visit rowlandhall.org/scholarships.

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The Story Behind the Patricia C. Brim Memorial Scholarship Fund

This is a love story. A young bride entered the Cathedral Church of St. Mark on her wedding day, Monday, December 7, 1942—one year after the United States entered World War II. The young woman awaited the arrival of her fiancé who secretly went AWOL from his post in Casper, Wyoming, where he was in training to be a cadet in the Army Air Corps. The night before the wedding, he boarded a train bound for Salt Lake City, risking a formal reprimand. The cadet-in-training, Raymond “Ray” Brim, was in love and wanted to marry his sweetheart, Patricia Condon, a University of Utah student and 1941 graduate of Rowland Hall School for girls. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ray left the University of Utah his sophomore year to enlist in the military. The couple reunited and exchanged vows that Monday, surrounded by young Rowland Hall students and one of Pat's beloved former teachers. The students and their teacher made the short, downhill walk from Rowland Hall to the church to serve as wedding witnesses. Today, Ray still says marrying Pat is the best decision he has made in his life.

Ray and Pat shared 65 wonderful years together. When Pat passed away in 2007, the hole left in Ray’s heart was enormous. Ray longed to find a way not only to honor her memory, but to ensure a little piece of Pat lived on. Pat was an accomplished classical pianist. She had a passion for literature, art, and music, and a long career as an English teacher. From the time she enrolled at Rowland Hall as a sophomore in 1938, Pat became a lifelong champion and steward of the school. She credited her love for the liberal arts to her Rowland Hall education, and said of all the places she studied and taught, Rowland Hall was her favorite. To honor her memory and help future students receive the kind of education Pat appreciated at Rowland Hall, Ray established the Patricia C. Brim Memorial Fund. The fund provides a scholarship awarded annually to three Upper School female students with a record of academic excellence and an interest in literature and writing. Since 2008, the Patricia C. Brim Scholarship has been awarded to eight students. These young women have been the beneficiaries of Pat’s love for Rowland Hall and Ray’s love for Pat.

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