Curvey Fellowships Announced

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Expansion of the Curvey Scholar Program

The Curvey family, including James C. Curvey and Shirley M. Curvey, has generously funded an expansion of Brewster Academy’s Curvey Scholar Program. Beginning in the summer of 2018, Brewster will launch a new Curvey Fellowships Program. Modeled after the Curvey Fellowships at Villanova University, the fellowships will help students gain valuable life experience through travel. Jim Curvey announced the new fellowships to Curvey Scholars and their families at a dessert reception on Thursday evening on the Brewster campus.

Jim Curvey firmly believes that life experiences and the perspectives students glean through travel are at least as valuable as the education they receive through more formal academic pathways. Thus, the Curvey Fellowships, funded through the Curvey Family Advised Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, will offer Curvey Scholars the opportunity between their junior and senior years to design an independent travel experience to any location of their choosing within the United States or Canada. Through this opportunity, students will broaden their perspectives, pursue their interests in a hands-on way, and further develop their personal values. There are no set parameters in terms of focus or theme for the fellowships; students will be encouraged to plan travel experiences that are of genuine interest to them.

The inaugural Curvey Fellowships will be provided in the summer of 2018 to Curvey Scholars who are members of the Classes of 2019 and 2018. Thereafter, all Curvey Scholars will be eligible to apply for a Curvey Fellowship that will take place during the summer between their junior and senior year.

The Curvey Scholar Program at Brewster Academy was launched in 2009 to provide deserving students from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with educational opportunities at Brewster Academy that they otherwise would be unable to afford. Each year, three incoming freshmen are selected as recipients of Curvey Scholarships. Scholars receive four-year scholarships to Brewster Academy with the scholarships ranging in size, based on the demonstrated financial need of each family.

All Brewster Academy applicants who reside in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire are eligible for consideration to become a Curvey Scholar. Curvey Scholars are selected for this need-based, named scholarship based upon their academic, athletic, and co-curricular accomplishments, and for their personal qualities of integrity, work-ethic, and good character.

Since 2009, 24 students have received Curvey Scholarships to attend Brewster. Graduates have gone on to attend top colleges and universities, including Villanova University, Brown University, George Washington University, High Point University, University of Sioux Falls, Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Colgate University, University of New Hampshire, American University, Union College, Drexel University, the University of Vermont, Chapman University, and Lehigh University.

Brewster’s Curvey Scholars are – Class of 2018: Kaya Beland, Katie Slock, and Wyatt Parsons; Class of 2019: Cali Folkersen and Olivia Papp; Class of 2020: Sam de Beer, Ella Quinlin, and Aiden Rolfe; Class of 2021: Mitchell Coope, Reid Demain, and Jillian Pollini.

Jim Curvey is a vice chairman of the Board of Directors of FMR LLC., the holding company for the businesses of Fidelity Investments. Curvey also serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fidelity’s Equity and High Income Funds.

A Brewster trustee, Curvey was the Academy’s Commencement speaker in 2013 – that class included the first three graduates of the Curvey Scholar Program. In his remarks, he advised graduates to “learn continuously; align yourself with the best people, and absorb everything you can from them; explore the world and experience different cultures.”

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