Inclusiveness and access have been central principles of Brewster from the beginning. Start in 1820 -- this was a school for all -- children of farmers, shopkeepers, for anyone of student age in our immediate area. In 1887, John Brewster made what was, at the time, one of the largest gifts to any secondary school in American history. His last will and testament laid the groundwork for a path forward shaped by inclusion, directing that, "No restrictions shall be placed upon any person desiring to attend and receive instruction from...[the] academy on account of his or her age, sex, or color, provided only he or she is of good moral character."
In recognition of our 200th anniversary, we aim to increase need-based scholarships for both local students and those from farther afield who bring a valuable range of backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and unique talents to our campus. In turn, they will bring the skills and habits instilled at Brewster back to their communities.
Expanding our 200 year commitment to local students
Brewster currently has a number of endowed scholarship funds that specifically support students from our local watershed. John Brewster himself started one of the first endowed scholarship funds when he directed a portion of his estate for this purpose. Since that time, other generous philanthropists have made transformational commitments to support students from New Hampshire and the Lakes Region. One notable example is the Curvey Scholar Program, that supports need-based scholarships for three students per class, per year. Read more below.
In 2018, Brewster launched the New Hampshire Student Leadership Program with a goal to open pathways for a cohort of promising students from our local region. Watch the video above to learn more about how Brewster is working with other boarding schools throughout New Hampshire to help bridge the opportunity gap for deserving students.
Supporting talented students from across the United States and around the world
Brewster is also looking to identify and support students who, by their presence on campus, will change our culture and expand the dialogue in our classrooms. Increasing our endowed scholarship funds will make that possible. It's part of how we move from the landscape of history to the metaphysical space of dreams. It's how we continue to bring to life the dream of John Brewster.
We will deepen our relationships with particular schools who share our mission and vision for the way education should be. Trey Whitfield School, featured in the video above, is among these key partner schools. Take a few minutes to watch the video and learn about the unique connection between Brewster and the Trey Whitfield School.
The Curvey Scholar Program reinforces key touchstones of a Brewster education: access, community engagement, global outlook, transformative experience.
Students from the Orkeerswa School make an impact on the Brewster community.
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Need-based scholarships are critical to making sure that talented young people can attend Brewster regardless of their ability to pay.