Harrisburg Academy Awards $30,000 to the 2015 IB Summer Scholars

Posted On On: November 4, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

WORMLEYSBURG, PA – In 2006, Harrisburg Academy was the first school in the Harrisburg area to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, an interdisciplinary and globally oriented curricular program that encourages students to ask questions, think critically, and act responsibly.  In conjunction with the IB Diploma program, Harrisburg Academy offers the IB Scholarship for Summer Study and is proud to announce its 2015 recipients: James Thompson ’17, Jalen Gabbidon ’17, Jonathon Pastor ’17, and Amelia Nazar ’17.


“The IB Scholarship for Summer Study is a unique opportunity for Academy students.  The money they receive allows them to travel in the United States or abroad, exploring their academic interests beyond the Harrisburg area,” said Tom Banks, IB coordinator and head of Middle and Upper School.  “As summer scholars, these students now have the opportunity to be inspired by their travels, and will return to the Academy with a fresh perspective and renewed desire to learn.”


2014 IB Summer Study Scholar David May ’16, who traveled to Bremen, Germany for the Modern Mathematics International Summer School, said, “These experiences over the summer have cemented my interest in mathematics, because I now know the full potential of the field… After traveling this summer, I look forward to making the most of the advantage I’ve been given.”


Each 2015 IB scholarship recipient receives $7,500, split between a summer study program in the academic focus and geographic area of his or her choice and his or her senior-year tuition.  Past scholarship recipients have participated in programs in India, Australia, France, Vietnam, Greece, and Switzerland, to name a few.


Scholarship recipients submitted applications in the spring, demonstrating multiple criteria including exemplary academic record, strong recommendations from teachers, completion of two essay questions, and demonstrated involvement and accomplishment in athletics, the arts, and/or service to the community.  A committee of local leaders, with a focus in education and community service, judged the pool of applications and selected the winners through an anonymous review process.


About Harrisburg Academy:

Established in 1784, Harrisburg Academy is the 17th oldest non-public school in the nation and Harrisburg’s only independent school. Our coed, diverse school community inspires students from age three through 12th grade by providing an academically challenging and globally minded liberal arts education focused on dynamic classroom experiences, strong student outcomes, and a commitment to character development.  The Academy proudly stands as the first school in the greater Harrisburg area to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and merit scholarship.


For more information about Harrisburg Academy please visit our website or contact Mary S. Campbell at 717-763-7811 or via email at campbell.m@harrisburgacademy.org.