The Archwood Scholarship

A merit scholarship for rising 9th-grade students

Outstanding students (both prospective and current) entering 9th-grade are eligible to apply for the Archwood Scholarship. The Archwood 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.

The scholarship is named after Archwood Farm, which was once the estate that is now Wakefield's campus. Originally known as Ravenscroft (c. 1916), the farm and house was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Teller Archibald whom owned the well-known candy manufacturer known as Fannie May Confections. They then went on to name the estate, Archwood.

Wakefield now an integral part of the dream that started with the Downman’s and was maintained by the Archibald’s, Coleman’s and Currier’s. Wakefield encourages their students to Seek The Challenge, Make a Difference and Live an Extraordinary Life. Nurtured by history and situated in a stunningly beautiful location, these Capable, Articulate and Ethical graduates learn to appreciate those who have gone before while being committed to improve the future of others. With such a history and supported by those who care, how could they do otherwise! (General John Fairfield)


To apply for the 2019-20 Archwood Scholarship, applicants should:

  • Submissions in any format (essay, film, art, music, etc.) addressing the ways in which the student demonstrates the values of an Archwood Scholar by March 11, 2019.
  • Please submit your work to the Wakefield Admissions Office:

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

  • The winner will be announced by March 29, 2019.


Current Scholars

2018-19: Carol Rector


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, 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, 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.

Sofia will be graduating this 2017-18 school year and will be attending Elon University this fall!



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