2017 Robson Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

Nicole Odibo and Jack Morgan will receive four years of full Upper School tuition.

In fall 2017, Steward’s Upper School will welcome two new Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship winners in the ninth grade. One of the honorees is a familiar face: Nicole Odibo ’21 has been a Spartan since second grade. The other winner, Jack Morgan, is excited to join our community.

“I’m so excited to participate in the school community by volunteering and participating in sports and technology clubs,” Jack said. “This school is really dedicated to technology—it’s better than any other school I’ve been to.”

Nicole and Jack both excel academically and also hold leadership roles in extracurricular activities. Their applications for the scholarship, which include recommendation letters, shed light on these two students’ outstanding character and accomplishments. Both students are strongly aligned with Steward’s mission and values.

The scholarship committee noted that Nicole’s resume showed a strong passion for community service: she is currently working on starting a non-profit organization to help spread awareness for special needs children in Africa. She has assisted special needs students at Three Chopt Elementary School and The Faison School, collected school supplies for underprivileged students (for which she is hoping to start a club at Steward), and volunteered at Beth Sholom Lifecare Community and vacation bible school at her church. In addition to being Middle School class president, she plays four sports at Steward (which includes serving as captain of the Middle School volleyball team) and participates in chorus, cooking club, basketball club, and the “stress busters” club. Nicole has attended the Prejudice Awareness Summit and is involved with Awana, a youth ministry organization. Finally, she is an honor roll student and was named the Middle School “Spartan of the Month” in October.

In Nicole’s recommendation letter, a close family friend wrote: “I have had the unique vantage point of watching Nicole bloom and develop into a passionate young lady who has displayed academic and personal discipline, an empathetic spirit, and devotion to child advocacy … Nicole has an eagerness to serve a subset of the population that often has no voice.”

The scholarship committee was also impressed with Jack’s devotion to community service: he helped with tree care along the James River for the City of Richmond, assisted with desks and information technology for a local business, and helped paint an inner city school as part of Genworth Financial’s month of service. At school, Jack has volunteered for various events such as open house tours, elementary school soccer practices and games, spaghetti dinner nights, and more. He participates in three sports at school (for all of which he has served as captain) and competes with the Ashland swim team. He has received first and second-place honors for academic performance, is part of student council, and contributed original paintings and sculptures for his school’s annual art show.

In Jack’s recommendation letter, a teacher/coach wrote: “Jack has impressed me over the years … because of his persistence … this is not a young man who gives up when things get difficult; rather, [he is] one who has shown he is committed to something for the long term … I have always found Jack to be very bright, articulate, and creative in his problem-solving.”

This is the third year that Steward has awarded the Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship, which is named in honor of Debbie Robson, associate head of school for community advancement, who passed away in 2014. Nicole and Jack were chosen from a competitive pool of students: there were 61 total applicants, which is 36 percent more than last year.

The scholarship provides four years of full Upper School tuition to two rising ninth graders. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic distinction and extracurricular involvement in areas such as athletics, arts, innovation, or community service. This scholarship is available to current Steward students, as well as students who are new to the Upper School in ninth grade. Last year’s recipients were Matthew Cantor ’20 and Sonali Sanjay ’20, preceded by the inaugural recipients Morgan King ’19 and Aayush Lalwaney ’19.

 

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

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Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

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Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

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Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

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I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

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Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15

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