2017 Robson Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

Nicole Odibo and Jack Morgan will receive four years of full Upper School tuition.

In fall 2017, Steward’s Upper School will welcome two new Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship winners in the ninth grade. One of the honorees is a familiar face: Nicole Odibo ’21 has been a Spartan since second grade. The other winner, Jack Morgan, is excited to join our community.

“I’m so excited to participate in the school community by volunteering and participating in sports and technology clubs,” Jack said. “This school is really dedicated to technology—it’s better than any other school I’ve been to.”

Nicole and Jack both excel academically and also hold leadership roles in extracurricular activities. Their applications for the scholarship, which include recommendation letters, shed light on these two students’ outstanding character and accomplishments. Both students are strongly aligned with Steward’s mission and values.

The scholarship committee noted that Nicole’s resume showed a strong passion for community service: she is currently working on starting a non-profit organization to help spread awareness for special needs children in Africa. She has assisted special needs students at Three Chopt Elementary School and The Faison School, collected school supplies for underprivileged students (for which she is hoping to start a club at Steward), and volunteered at Beth Sholom Lifecare Community and vacation bible school at her church. In addition to being Middle School class president, she plays four sports at Steward (which includes serving as captain of the Middle School volleyball team) and participates in chorus, cooking club, basketball club, and the “stress busters” club. Nicole has attended the Prejudice Awareness Summit and is involved with Awana, a youth ministry organization. Finally, she is an honor roll student and was named the Middle School “Spartan of the Month” in October.

In Nicole’s recommendation letter, a close family friend wrote: “I have had the unique vantage point of watching Nicole bloom and develop into a passionate young lady who has displayed academic and personal discipline, an empathetic spirit, and devotion to child advocacy … Nicole has an eagerness to serve a subset of the population that often has no voice.”

The scholarship committee was also impressed with Jack’s devotion to community service: he helped with tree care along the James River for the City of Richmond, assisted with desks and information technology for a local business, and helped paint an inner city school as part of Genworth Financial’s month of service. At school, Jack has volunteered for various events such as open house tours, elementary school soccer practices and games, spaghetti dinner nights, and more. He participates in three sports at school (for all of which he has served as captain) and competes with the Ashland swim team. He has received first and second-place honors for academic performance, is part of student council, and contributed original paintings and sculptures for his school’s annual art show.

In Jack’s recommendation letter, a teacher/coach wrote: “Jack has impressed me over the years … because of his persistence … this is not a young man who gives up when things get difficult; rather, [he is] one who has shown he is committed to something for the long term … I have always found Jack to be very bright, articulate, and creative in his problem-solving.”

This is the third year that Steward has awarded the Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship, which is named in honor of Debbie Robson, associate head of school for community advancement, who passed away in 2014. Nicole and Jack were chosen from a competitive pool of students: there were 61 total applicants, which is 36 percent more than last year.

The scholarship provides four years of full Upper School tuition to two rising ninth graders. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic distinction and extracurricular involvement in areas such as athletics, arts, innovation, or community service. This scholarship is available to current Steward students, as well as students who are new to the Upper School in ninth grade. Last year’s recipients were Matthew Cantor ’20 and Sonali Sanjay ’20, preceded by the inaugural recipients Morgan King ’19 and Aayush Lalwaney ’19.


Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15


Copyright 2014 The Steward School

The Steward School Mission

Our mission at The Steward School is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. We invite you to learn why so many families have chosen to become part of our community.


Explore Campus      Learn from the Experts

Experience "The Steward Way"

The Steward School is committed to the kind of education that recognizes individuality and fosters potential through a differentiated approach. If you value small class sizes, close connections with faculty and fellow students, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment with broad opportunities, then Steward may be the right school for you.


Learn More     Schedule a Visit    Apply Online

An Education as Unique as Your Child

We are proud to offer a comprehensive curriculum to students in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. Discover the incredible opportunities we provide for each learner.


Lower School     Middle School     Upper School

Explore the World of the Arts

Whether setting the stage, striking a chord, creating a masterpiece, or simply exploring individual talents and interests, exposure to the arts develops important life skills necessary for students to succeed in academic areas and everyday life experiences. By providing our students with multiple creative outlets, we seek to nurture talents, build confidence, and help students discover passions.


Visual Arts     Music     Theatre

One School. One Team.

Participation, skill building, and sportsmanship are the cornerstones of The Steward School’s athletic program. At all levels, our coaching program is dedicated to giving students the training and experience necessary to develop a lifelong appreciation of physical activity, skill development, and, above all, teamwork.


Athletic Calendar     Sports Programs

A New Way of Learning

The Bryan Innovation Lab is a 21st-century, problem-solving environment. Through experiential learning in this cutting-edge facility, students are able to grapple with real world issues, challenging their critical thinking and resourcefulness.


Explore the Lab

Beyond the Classroom

The Steward School is a place of learning for the greater Richmond community through various campus programs. Whether you're interested in attending our annual gala, signing your child up for one of our summer camps, or learning more about LEAP, we welcome you to the Steward community.


Special Events     Summer Experience

It's for Steward Students!

Your gift to the Annual Fund helps ensure that each student receives the best educational experience at Steward. With the Annual Giving Family of Funds, you can direct your giving and make an impact in the area that you find most meaningful.


Learn More     Give Today