2018 Robson Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

Alaina Jefferson and Lucia Fogler will receive four years of full Upper School tuition.

In fall 2018, 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: Alaina Jefferson ’22 has been a Spartan since kindergarten. Our other recipient, Lucia Fogler, is excited to join our community from Our Lady of Lourdes School.

Alaina and Lucia 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 Alaina’s resume showed a strong passion for community service: she has volunteered with nearly 10 local organizations in the past three years, including ARCpark with Greater Richmond ARC, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, the Library of Virginia, and Celebrate! RVA.

In addition to being this year’s historian for Middle School Student Council and a member of the Headmaster’s List since 2015, she is an award-winning student-athlete on the Middle School, JV, and varsity basketball teams as well as the Middle School lacrosse team. Alaina performed in the 2015 production of Walk Two Moons and currently serves as a Steward Ambassador. She has attended the Prejudice Awareness Summit and is involved with FOCUS Bible Study. In addition, she was named a Middle School “Spartan of the Month” and served as a marshal for last year’s grade 8 end-of-year recognition ceremony.

In Alaina’s recommendation letter, a close family friend wrote: “Alaina has displayed leadership characteristics ever since she was a toddler. Alaina is extremely motivated, proactive, and takes the initiative to complete any task given to her. She sets high goals for herself and has expressed a desire to become a doctor or the ‘first female President of the United States.’”

The scholarship committee was also impressed with Lucia’s devotion to community service: she has filled more than 40 care packages for women impacted by Hurricane Harvey for the American Legion Auxiliary, raised more than $750 for phone cards to be given to Navy sailors who were on duty during the holidays, and solicited more than $2,000 in donations of school supplies and gift cards for a kindergarten classroom on a Native American reservation in Arizona. For her efforts, Lucia was given her school’s Pat Stevens Award for Community Service.

At school, Lucia is heavily involved in various organizations as president of the student council, co-captain of the robotics team, and co-editor of the 2017-18 yearbook, for which she designed the cover. She currently plays softball at her school and has played basketball at Upward Sports and field hockey at Hanover HotShots. She has received honors for her work with safety patrol and placed third out of all participating schools in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond in the Catholic School Math League. In addition, she participates in her school’s annual art show and serves as a library helper, open house representative, and Battle of the Books participant.

In Lucia’s recommendation letter, a teacher/advisor wrote: “Lucia embodies all of the qualities you would expect of a kind, caring young woman … She genuinely cares about others and offers to help whenever she can. Lucia treats everyone she meets with respect and she willingly steps out of her comfort zone to try something new.”

This is the fourth 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. Alaina and Lucia were chosen from a competitive pool of students: there were 62 total applicants, which is a 92 percent increase from 2015.

The scholarship provides four years of full Upper School tuition for up 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. Past recipients include Nicole Odibo ’21, Jack Morgan ’21, Matthew Cantor ’20, Sonali Sanjay ’20, Morgan King ’19, and Aayush Lalwaney ’19.




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