Colby school kicks off merit scholarship program |

Colby school kicks off merit scholarship program

A private school education doesn’t always mean exorbitant costs.

Starting next year, The Colby School will be offering six merit scholarships to students in grades six through eight.

Head of School Amy Fehlberg, formerly Amy Davies, said the founders of The Colby School placed an emphasis on diversity and wanted to make the school accessible to passionate students regardless of income.

The scholarship covers 80 percent of tuition costs for sixth, seventh and eighth grade. It does not fund uniforms and classroom materials.

Applications for the scholarship are currently available and have a rolling deadline. Students who are interested must submit a 500 word essay addressing a subject they are passionate about and how The Colby School can help them pursue their interest in that subject.

Fehlberg said they are looking for students who are very motivated in one or more of the following areas that The Colby School likes to emphasize in their curriculum: general academics, the arts, movement and service.

"We want to support kids if they have a passion," Fehlberg said.

She elaborated on the movement area, which includes not only sports but also other forms of physical activity such as dance and outdoor recreation.

"We had one student who was an expert climber, and that was a really important gift he came and shared with all of us," Fehlberg said.

The second part of the application requires two letters of recommendation from adults who can speak to the student’s achievements in the area they are passionate about.

Fehlberg said achievements that would stand out on an application, are not necessarily first place at a competition but an active engagement in their interests. For example, she would be pleased to see a young artist taking the initiative to participate in the Wasatch Back Student Art Show at the Kimball Art Center.

"I think the biggest piece is that we’re looking for students who are ready to be accountable," she said. "This is not a place for passive kids, they have to be willing to stand up and be part of the action."

The middle school is challenging, Fehlberg said, adding that it requires students to be accountable for their own learning. Students in the middle school are often asked to help teach as a demonstration of their understanding of the material. It is a tough program, but Fehlberg emphasized that it does not encourage competition between the students.

"The gifts that you bring to the table are just as important as what I bring to the table, even if those things are very different," Fehlberg said.

She added it does encourage students to compete with themselves, and try to reach for increasing success.

For additional information on the merit scholarship program at The Colby School call Fehlberg at: (435) 655-3966.

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