Watkins Scholar Program

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The Watkins Scholar Program, established by Trustee Emeritus Edward G. Watkins ’56 and the E. G. Watkins Family Foundation, awards full, need-based scholarships to twenty high-achieving, domestic students who possess a love of learning, strong leadership skills, and a desire to contribute significantly to Cushing Academy. A recipient of the Watkins scholarship will be provided a four-year scholarship as long as the Scholar is in strong academic standing. 

Applicants considered for the scholarship will have demonstrated:
  • Extraordinary academic achievement marked by intellectual curiosity.
  • Outstanding character, an exemplary record of citizenship, and the potential for excellent leadership within the Cushing community and beyond.
  • Economic need for full scholarship, as determined by Cushing’s financial aid process.
  • An excitement for life and involvement within one’s community.
  • Open to all ninth-grade, domestic, boarding applicants. 
  • To be considered for this scholarship, potential recipients must submit all Cushing application materials by the February 1 deadline.
  • The Cushing Admissions team and the Watkins Scholarship Committee, including members of the E. G. Watkins Family Foundation, will determine Watkins Scholarship recipients. All applicants will be notified by March 1 if they are finalists for the scholarship and by March 10 if they are recipients of the scholarship. 
  • The renewal of the Watkins Scholarship for each recipient is reviewed annually by the Cushing Admissions team, Headmaster, and Watkins Scholarship Committee.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Admissions:

Cushing Academy
Office of Admissions
39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000

Tel: 978.827.7300
Fax: 978.827.6253

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.