North Dallas 21st Century School Offers Unique Scholarship Opportunities

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Southlake, Texas Nationally known educator, author, and Head of the Clariden School of Southlake, Jenifer Fox, announced that in conjunction with the opening of The Global Strengths Program, a challenging 21st century middle and high school program designed to develop world class innovators, entrepreneurs and humanitarians, the school will award unique scholarships in six talent areas.

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The scholarships are meant to attract students with specific interests that correlate with the program’s mission to develop world-class innovators, entrepreneurs and humanitarians while focusing on building on strengths and creating innovative real world projects.

Jenifer Fox explains, “It has become increasingly clear that what students should learn in the 21st century is different than what is currently taught in public schools where students spend inordinate time preparing for tests and the newly designed Global Strengths program will engage students in real world projects where they will develop the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century workplace.”
The scholarships are listed below:

  • Computer Gaming/Technology

For students who show expertise and critical involvement in computer gaming or technology because these kids will invent the computer products of the future and computer gaming develops critical and strategic thinking.

  • Fortune 500 Award

To students who have creative ideas for developing businesses, products and services.

  • Young Filmmaker’s Scholarship

Short films make the Internet come alive. No longer simply art, this scholarship is intended to encourage young film enthusiasts to put their interest to work in the center of the curriculum rather than on the sideline.

  • The Unathletic Scholarship

For students who are tired of the hoopla around high school athletics, and who demonstrate special interest in creative expression.

  • Budding Writers Award

This scholarship will celebrate the importance of written communication in all its forms.

  • Girls Who Love Learning Scholarship

For young women who want school to be more than simply a social event.

Scholarship applicants should be entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2012. Monetary awards range from one to three years in duration.

As schools gear up for the final round of TAKS and STARR tests, this private school focuses on engaging students in real world learning.

What guides this school will be what confounds larger, public schools: all too often students are not engaged in their learning, and what is taught seems irrelevant to them. At The Clariden School, the upper school is planned as selective, focused and highly relevant to each student’s future.

According to Ms Fox, “The biggest question parents ask when looking at the school is whether or not such an education will provide their children a competitive advantage when applying to college. We believe the best way to prepare students for college, career, and life, is to provide them with experience solving problems, conducting research, and communicating information – in short, the kinds of activities they will find themselves doing in a college classroom, an office, or on the job.”

Ms Fox has asked admission officers at top colleges what the single most important thing they look for in applicants is and their responses are all similar:

  • Stanford University looks for intellectual vitality with a love of learning. They are looking for the most compelling students, not the most competitive.
  • Yale is looking for a unique student. Someone with passion who is engaged in classes in high school.
  • Brown is looking for self-motivated, active thinkers and learners.
  • Harvard is looking for well-cultivated interests, specialists and focused students who are involved.
  • Princeton is looking for students who challenge themselves and bring a unique viewpoint to campus.

The scholarships, and the curriculum to support the kinds of students the scholarships represent, are all designed by The Clariden School as a means to 21st century success. Any student looking to have the unique learning experiences afforded by these scholarships should contact Jenifer Fox at jfox at Claridenschool.org for more information on how to apply for scholarship funds. Application deadline is May 30, 2012.

The Clariden School is a non-religious, independent school with full autonomy designed to meet the needs of progressive, education conscious parents who want a focused, personalized, education of the future for their children.

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