Steward Merit Grants & Scholarships

Making a Steward education more accessible

A core part of the Steward mission as a community is to celebrate a diversity of talents, abilities, and cultures among our student body, so that we can provide a rich and well-rounded private school experience. We believe that the Steward educational experience should be accessible to as many students as possible in the Richmond area. Therefore, in addition to an optional Variable Tuition program, Steward is a local and statewide leader in offering merit scholarships and grants.

  • Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship
    The Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship provides four years of full Upper School tuition to a rising ninth grader. 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.
  • Merit Grants
    Steward offers several merit grants of up to $5,000 each per year for students entering Steward for the first time in ninth-eleventh grades. The main award criteria are the student’s character and leadership skills, which will be evaluated based upon references and involvement in service and extracurricular activities. Distinguished academics, innovative accomplishments, and financial need are also considered. All merit grant applicants must apply for Variable Tuition. Merit grants may be awarded alone or in conjunction with Variable Tuition, increasing accessibility for students.

At the conclusion of each school year, the academic performance and school conduct of all recipients will be reviewed to ensure they continue to meet the standards established for the programs.

Prospective Student Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship and Merit Grant Application Process

To be considered, prospective students must be an applicant of the school and complete the process for regular admissions.

    1. Submit an online merit scholarship and merit grants application. Please use the username and password created when you applied to Steward.
    2. Submit a character reference letter from an individual other than a teacher or family member (i.e. coach, music instructor, camp counselor, family friend, etc.).
    3. Complete an interview (for Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship applicants only).
    4. Complete a variable tuition application (for Merit Grant applicants only). Financial need is not required to receive a merit grant, but it is a considered factor.

Process for Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship and Merit Grant must be completed by February 1, 2019.

Current Student Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship Application Process

  1. Submit an online scholarship application.
  2. Submit a character reference letter from an individual other than a teacher or family member (i.e. coach, music instructor, camp counselor, family friend, etc.).
  3. Complete an interview. Interviews will be scheduled by the Admissions Office and will take place in January 2019.

Process for Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship must be completed by February 1, 2019.

For more information about the merit grants and scholarships, please contact our admissions office.


Who was Debbie Robson?

Debbie joined The Steward School in 1999. Her responsibilities included eight years of tutoring for the Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL) and two years of teaching Middle School math classes. In 2009, Debbie assumed the role of Steward's admissions director, and in 2013, she became the associate head of school for community advancement. She loved the school and poured her heart and soul into supporting it as a wonderful place to be. Whether she was giving a tour to a prospective family, teaching math to her students, or helping plan a special event, Debbie added enthusiasm and common sense in all situations.



Honor Debbie Robson

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