The Archwood Scholarship

Outstanding students entering 9th Grade are eligible to apply for the Archwood Scholarship, which is awarded each 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 half 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 engagement.

The scholarship takes its name from Archwood Farm, which once existed on the land that is now Wakefield's campus.


To apply for the 2018-19 Archwood Scholarship, applicants should:
(1) make their interest known during the regular application process.
(2) be Virginia residents and have demonstrated the following: interest in and commitment to engagement inside and outside the classroom; an appreciation for the value and importance of authentic and broad scholarship; a track record that demonstrates a passion for curiosity; and an articulated vision of what engagement, scholarship and curiosity look like at the Upper School level.
(3) Submit an essay (250 to 500 words) or any other type of media format addressing the ways in which the student demonstrates the values of an Archwood Scholar by March 12, 2018.
(4) The winner will be announced by March 29, 2018.

Current Scholars

2017-18: Cooper Graves

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 looks forward to 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, 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 won "Most well-rounded student" award 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 social studies. 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.

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