For Immediate Release – May 2014
Contact – Robert Ankrom, Director of Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chatham Hall is proud to announce that Catherine Cullen of Asheville, NC has been awarded the School’s Nilsen Scholarship. Catherine has just completed her eighth-grade year at Hanger Hall and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Cullen of Asheville.
Chatham Hall’s Nilsen Scholarship Program was made possible by a gift of $31 million from the estate of alumna Bettie Beckwith Nilsen, Class of 1931. Mrs. Nilsen’s gift is the largest in the history of girls’ schools. This unparalleled level of support was inspired by Mrs. Nilsen’s lifelong appreciation for – and fond memories of – her student days at Chatham Hall. Mrs. Nilsen’s generosity allows Chatham Hall to expand its tradition of educating exceptional girls.
“This Nilsen Scholarship is as much a tribute to Hanger Hall and its fabulous teachers, as well as to her family, as it is to Catherine,” said Rector Dr. Gary Fountain. “We congratulate Hanger Hall for its excellent program and the superb way in which it has prepared Catherine for the challenges of a most demanding high school program. We are delighted to have this professional relationship with Hanger Hall, and to have the Cullen family as members of the Chatham Hall family.”
As a Nilsen Scholar, Catherine will have available to her a wide variety of special academic offerings, unique travel opportunities, and unmatched guidance – from a dedicated Nilsen Scholar Program team to college counseling sessions.
“Nilsen Scholars will be exposed to a broad range of thought in this global ommunity,” shared Academic Dean Martha Griswold. “They will be asked to delve deeply into the topic at hand, challenging and pushing themselves to excel in small classes, where their need to learn and to grow will be encouraged.”
This scholarship will follow Catherine through all of her years at Chatham Hall, as long as she remains in the high academic and social standing that her application demonstrates.
“Chatham Hall’s mission is to educate leaders,” summed up Dr. Fountain. “Our graduates attend selective colleges and universities, and are prominent in business, the arts, education and academia, medicine, the media, the Church, social services, and philanthropy. The Nilsen Scholars are eager to follow in the footsteps of these women. They are exceptional students, and they will bring a range of other talents – athletics, the arts, leadership – to campus. What a remarkable group of girls. What a great next generation of leaders in the Chatham Hall tradition.”
Chatham Hall is a leader in girls’ education. The School strives to inspire integrity, academic excellence and global perspective in tomorrow’s leaders.
Chatham Hall, an independent, all-girls boarding and day high school located in Chatham, Virginia, has earned since its founding in 1894 a national and international reputation for its broad and strong college-preparatory program and its global educational community. At the center of the School is its honor code and strong Episcopal heritage. Its alumnae have earned positions of prominence in politics, business, education, medicine, engineering, and the arts, including the renowned painter Georgia O’Keeffe and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Claudia Emerson.
Chatham Hall’s unique programming includes annual service trips to South Africa and Cuba, the iPad Program, and the Leader-in-Residence Program, which brings world leaders to campus to meet with students. Recent Leaders in Residence have included Gloria Steinem, Jane Goodall; the late Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the current and first female President of Liberian (and recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize); Olympian Tennis Champion Venus Williams; and Nancy Brinker, founder of The Race for the Cure.
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