St. Paul's School for Girls has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, on a matching basis of $1 from the foundation for every $1 raised by the school, in support of its new and improved SPIRITUS Scholars Program. The Edward E. Ford Foundation supports the best independent, secondary schools (grades 9-12) throughout the country, with a particular focus on advancing best practices in teaching and learning.
Formerly known as Research Scholars, the SPIRITUS Scholars Program has re-branded and re-launched as a two-year exploratory program that empowers students to develop a research question in a field of interest, from entrepreneurship to environmental science, from social justice to sociology, from physics to philosophy, and from medicine to management. Open to juniors and seniors, the program is a launch pad for experiential learning, serving as an incubator, co-working space, and application lab for the SPSG community. With the support of both a faculty advisor and an off-campus expert who serves as a mentor, each student pursues solutions with an impact for the greater world.
Beginning in their junior year, students are introduced to and equipped with research skills and methods through a semester-long seminar. Once a question or hypothesis has been developed, students identify mentors and curate a customized syllabus, which may include industry visits, enrollment in enrichment courses, attending related speakers and workshops, and more.
Research culminates in the successful presentation of findings and solutions in a community forum during senior year.
The grant and matching funds will support curriculum and professional development, mentor stipends, off-campus lectures, workshops, classes, travel, events, and more throughout the first four years.
"St. Paul's School for Girls is grateful for the support of the E.E. Ford Foundation," shares Head of School Penny Evins, "as it recognizes our strong, relevant innovative learning community and propels us to continue our excellence and evolution as a hub of experiential learning in the greater world."
If you would like to learn more about making a contribution toward the matching grant, please contact the Development Office at 443-632-1020.