In early May five boys and five girls will visit The Lexington School. They will go to classes, take a test, and participate in an interview. They aren’t the only 5th graders who spend a day at TLS, but they all have something very special in common. They are finalists for the Bluegrass Boys Scholarship and the Pin Oak Scholarship for Girls, middle school scholarships that can change their course.

The goal of the scholarship programs is to improve the academic skills and accomplishments of socio-economically disadvantaged gifted middle school boys and girls so that they can pursue higher education in the most meaningful way. The ultimate hope is for each participant to reach his and her full intellectual and human potential and succeed to be productive members of a compassionate society.

Early in 2011, Pat Madden, former student, board member, and father of two Lexington School students approached school leadership to form a merit-based scholarship for middle school boys. His involvement in Boys Ranch Foundation, established in 1962 by his mother Anita Madden as a residential program for gifted middle school boys from low income Kentucky families, inspired Pat to move forward with Boys Ranch funding for a scholarship program at The Lexington School. Pat explains, “A great education is the difference for these boys, and there’s no doubt The Lexington School provides that. We knew it could change their course in the most positive way.” 

Passionate about education and moved by the immediate success of the boys scholarship program, former parents and board members Craig and Holly Bandoroff, along with their children Katherine, Conrad and Isabelle, formed The Bandoroff Family Scholarship for Girls, the first in a series of girls scholarships now under one name: Pin Oak Scholarship for Girls. Craig elaborates, “The Lexington School needed a scholarship for girls, so we talked about it as a family, stepped up and made it happen. We’re so happy to have started something that will sustain for years to come and make a difference one girl at a time.”

Currently, the Pin Oak Scholarship for Girls is funded each year through the generosity of ANYONE interested in giving specifically to the program. If you are interested in this philanthropy, contact Amanda Hale in The Lexington School development office.

The application process is underway with a deadline of April 1st. The admission office mails application packets to all Fayette County elementary schools, but students at any schools in the Lexington area including home schools are welcome to apply. If you have a prospective candidate in mind, please don’t hesitate to contact Virginia Daugherty in the admission office for more information.

No conclusive paragraph is needed here. Just take a few minutes to watch the video scholarship stories. They tell you all you need to know. A great education changes the course, changes lives.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”– Nelson Mandela

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