TUXEDO, N.Y (April 26, 2016) — The Rockland Community Foundation has changed the eligibility requirements for the Tuxedo STEM academic scholarships it administers to now allow seventh- and eighth-grade students to apply to attend George F. Baker High School.
The eligibility criteria change was approved by the foundation’s Board of Trustees on April 26. The Tuxedo Union Free School District Board of Education requested consideration from the foundation’s Board of Trustees to extend non-resident student eligibility to those grade levels to accommodate student interest.
“The Tuxedo board wants to be responsive to the many inquires we have received from seventh and eighth-grade parents who are looking to Tuxedo to provide continuity for their children’s middle school and high school education and for their future academic achievements and accomplishments,” said Board of Education President Joanne Vernon. “Because we have the ability to make this modification, we are happy to do this.”
The criteria requires seventh to 12th grade students to be full-time non-resident students who show demonstrated interest and achievement in STEM related programs/activities.
$6,000 scholarships are available for students with a GPAs of 90 or better; and $4,000 for students with GPAs of 85 to 89.
Awarding of a scholarship is contingent on criteria as detailed in the application requirements, including: Recipients must commit to attend Baker for the 2016/2017 school year, and uphold a high standard of conduct and academic performance.
Renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon proof of satisfactory achievement, receipt of the required reporting materials, and the availability of foundation funds.
The complete details and scholarship requirements are available at: http://www.tuxedoufsd.org/files/filesystem/Tuxedo%20STEM%20Fund%20Scholarship%20open%20enrollment%20PDF.pdf.
To learn more, call the George F. Baker STEM Academy admissions office at 351-4799.
About the Tuxedo Union Free School District
The Tuxedo Union Free School District is a K-12 school district located at the southernmost tip of Orange County, near Sterling Forest and Harriman State Park. The George Grant Mason School is the district’s K-6 school and was named a 2015-2016 New York State Reward School, which recognizes schools that have made the most progress or have the highest achievement statewide with no significant gaps in student achievement. George F. Baker High School is home to students in grades 7 to 12. The district’s mission is to engage students in the pursuit of knowledge for academic success, productive citizenship and the development of personal potential in a diverse and changing world, while offering opportunities for real life experience in a safe and secure learning environment meeting every student’s individual needs. For more information, visit: http://tuxedoufsd.org.