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The Archwood Scholarship

A scholarship for rising 9th-grade students

Outstanding students entering 9th-grade are eligible to apply for the Archwood Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded every year to a new student with a demonstrated commitment to engagement inside and outside the classroom. That engagement might take any variety of forms, such as a deep interest in one or more academic subjects, or involvement in sports, the arts, or community service.

The scholarship provides an annual award of 50% the tuition for the four years of Upper School, provided the recipient continue to live up to the values that characterize an Archwood Scholar. Those values include a passion for curiosity, an appreciation for scholarship, and a commitment to excellence.

How to Apply:

To apply for the 2020-21 Archwood Scholarship, applicants should:

Submit either an essay, a film, a piece of art, or a song addressing the ways in which the student demonstrates the values of an Archwood Scholar by March 9, 2020. Please submit your work by email to or to the Wakefield Admissions Office:

Wakefield Admissions
4439 Old Tavern Road
Post Office Box 107
The Plains, VA 20198

Archwood Scholar Recipients

2019-20: Alejandro Ford

Alejandro Ford is honored to receive the Archwood Scholar Award for 2019-20. He has dedicated and challenged himself to represent this prestigious selection by striving for maximum effort each year to become a proud Wakefield School Graduate in 2023!  

Alejandro enjoys problem solving in math and loves to read. He was excited to dive into his summer reading list prior to beginning his first day of high school as a Wakefield OWL. In addition to math and reading, Alejandro loves traveling and exploring. He has traveled to his Mother's home in Bogota, Colombia several times. As a travel soccer team member, Alejandro experienced meeting and playing against other talented and friendly soccer teams in Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France! Travel and AAU Basketball is another sport that has allowed Alejandro to continue his journey to create new experiences and meet new people throughout the USA. 

Alejandro is passionate about serving his community as a volunteer and exceeding his high academic goals; while representing his family, community, and Wakefield School. He plans to continue learning and growing as a Fighting Wakefield Owl in the classroom, on the soccer field, and on the basketball court.   

Alejandro previously attended MOTHER of GOD School in Gaithersburg, MD.

2018-19: Carol Rector

Carol Rector Archwood Scholar





Carol Rector, of Gainesville, is honored to be the 2018-19 Archwood Scholar. Carol’s favorite subjects are English and Math and she enjoys playing on the Wakefield Tennis team.

Outside of school, Carol has pursued the art of ballet since she was very young. She has trained with The Washington Ballet and danced numerous solo roles on stage with Northern Virginia Ballet. Carol was chosen to represent an international pointe shoe company as a 2018 brand ambassador. She also enjoys volunteering at her church and in her community. She strives to uphold Wakefield’s values of leadership, scholarship, friendship and community service.

Carol previously attended Pennington Traditional School.

2017-18: Cooper Graves

Cooper Graves Archwood Scholar





Cooper Graves, born and raised in Middleburg, has been awarded the 2017-18 Archwood Scholarship. Cooper's favorite subjects are English and history and he loves to read anything historical, both fiction and non-fiction. He enjoys tennis and has enjoyed playing on the Wakefield team. One of his favorite service activities was the work he did with Team Saturday, mentoring students from the community and helping develop imaginations kits to help improve the town of Middleburg.

Cooper is honored to be the 2017-18 recipient of the Archwood Scholarship and will continue to strive to uphold the values of interests in and commitment to engagement inside and outside of the classroom.

Cooper previously attended Hill School.

2016-17: Chelsea Mulkerin

Chelsea Mulkerin Archwood Scholar





Chelsea Mulkerin, of Gainesville, is the 2016-17 Archwood Scholar. Chelsea has a passion for math and for a variety of sports. She is on travel basketball, volleyball and soccer teams; she has lead her travel soccer team as captain for the past three years. In 6th grade, she was awarded "Most well-rounded student" honor for her accomplishments both as a student, athlete, violinist, and as a volunteer to her community.

Chelsea previously attended Ronald Reagan Middle School.

2014-15: Sofia Olmstead

Sofia Olmstead, of Nokesville, was awarded the first Wakefield School Archwood Scholarship in 2014. Sofia is an avid reader (especially nonfiction) and her favorite subject in school is history. One of her favorite activities outside of school is photography.

Wakefield gives Sofia an opportunity to try new classes and activities and to continue playing sports. Soccer is her favorite - she played midfield for her middle school team and also plays on a travel team. "I am really looking forward to coming to Wakefield and meeting a lot of new kids," she said.

Sofia previously attended Linton Hall School.

our 2019-2020 archwood has been chosen!

Congratulations, Alejandro Ford! 


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