The White Mountain Scholars Program endeavors to increase educational equity and decrease the racial wealth and education gaps at The White Mountain School through creating an empowering, engaging, and affirming environment, as well as programming, for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) identifying students from low-income backgrounds in the United States, starting in grades 9 and 10, so that they may fully access the vision and promise of a White Mountain education rooted in curiosity, courage, and compassion.
Created in 2019 and managed as a joint initiative between the School’s Office of Admission and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the program endeavors to provide scholars with access to diverse, program-specific resources and tailored experiences at the School. These are designed to guide scholars toward unlocking their unique and compelling potential and finding genuine and sustained belonging, meaning, and joy in their White Mountain experience. Upon graduating from White Mountain and the program, scholars should be able to apply and/or scale-up individualized and holistic strategies developed during their time in the program for continued success and fulfillment in the academic, emotional, and social areas of their lives throughout college and beyond.
Beyond eliminating or significantly reducing the tuition burden for scholars and their families, the program offers a number of benefits to students, including additional financial assistance beyond the cost of tuition, such as several different stipend options for increased access to experiential opportunities; early fall arrival and program-specific orientation; mentors for younger scholars and mentorship and leadership opportunities for older scholars; and regular and more frequent meetings with key administrators at the School.
By the Numbers:
- 3: The number of students in the inaugural class of White Mountain Scholars in fall 2019.
- 10: The number of total White Mountain Scholars in fall 2020 after the admittance of seven new students.
- 10.7%: The acceptance rate of this highly competitive program in 2020.
- 20: The total number of new scholars the School seeks to eventually admit each year.
The White Mountain Scholars Program is made possible through the School's collaborative and valued partnerships with several partner access programs, including: