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Grant will provide aid to gifted students at Winchester Thurston

| Thursday, May 24, 2007

A $2 million grant will provide tuition assistance to gifted students who enroll in the Winchester Thurston School's Upper School academic program, officials said.

Winchester Thurston was one of three independent schools in the country to receive a $2 million grant this year from the Colorado-based Malone Family Foundation.

"We are honored to receive this extraordinary grant," said Gary Niels, head of school. "The Malone Scholars program aligns with our school's mission and will further enhance our commitment to sustaining a diverse learning community."

This is the second time a national foundation has recognized the Upper School academic program, Niels said. The school received a $50,000 grant in 2005 from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to support an Upper School initiative.

The Malone grant is the culmination of a rigorous three-year process in which the foundation reviewed the school's scholastic record, college placement history, accommodations for gifted and talented students and commitment to financial aid.

The grant will be used to establish an endowed fund that provides need-based tuition assistance to gifted and talented students.

Winchester Thurston is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school that serves children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in Shadyside and pre-K through grade five at its campus in Hampton.

The Malone Family Foundation was founded in 1997 by John C. Malone, the billionaire chairman of Liberty Media Corp.

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