The Founders Scholarship offers a tuition-free placement for two students per 6th grade class. Recipients will retain their tuition-free places through graduation from 8th grade. This scholarship is for qualified middle school students only.

The Founders Scholarship was initiated by the RWS Board of Trustees in 2010 to provide this unique education to students in the Richmond community who might not otherwise be able to attend private school.

Founders Scholarship Candidates

Candidates should be entering the 6th Grade in Fall 2019. The ideal candidate for a Founders Scholarship would demonstrate:

  • Solid academic skills
  • Strong social skills
  • An interest in the arts
  • An openness to new ideas and experiences

Candidate Families

Waldorf Education can achieve its fullest potential only with the involvement of the student’s family. Families of Founders Scholarships candidates must:

  • Demonstrate an interest in participating in their child’s school life
  • Commit to attending Parent Evenings and Waldorf education events
  • Fall within 200% of the Federal poverty guidelines (determine if you are eligible here)

How to Apply:

Candidates for 2019-2020 must submit an application and financial aid request by February 22, 2019. 

Students and families wishing to apply for the Founders Scholarship should take the following steps:

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  • Schedule a Parent-Teacher interview through the Enrollment Coordinator
  • Student attends a 3-day in-class visit

More information about the admissions process can be found here.

In the 2019-2020 school year, Founders Scholars are asked to pay the following fees:

Enrollment Fee: $250

Activity & Supply fee: $400

Facility Fee: $125

Parent Association Dues: $35

Total: $810

*Stringed instrument rental and lessons are also required but not included in this cost.

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