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The Kathleen Piwko Merit Scholarship

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The Kathleen Piwko Merit Scholarship Awards are offered to new applicants to The Woods Academy Middle School (Grades 5-8).

These awards are granted to applicants based on academic achievement, strength of character, and the potential to make a significant positive impact on the school community.

Students who are eligible for the Kathleen Piwko Merit Scholarship will demonstrate:

  • High academic achievement,
  • Strong performance on standardized tests,
  • Strong character,
  • Outstanding citizenship, and
  • Involvement in meaningful activities outside the classroom.

All merit scholarships are awarded for the first year of a student's enrollment at The Woods Academy. The amount of an award ranges from $1,500 - $2,500 per recipient. 
The number and amount of awards vary annually depending on the composition of the applicant pool, available space within a grade, and available resources.
Recipients of the awards are welcome to apply for additional need-based Financial Aid as the Kathleen Piwko Merit Scholarship is independent of the need-based Financial Aid process.

Scholarship Application Process:

  • Complete Middle School Online Admission Application and answer additional essay questions for the Kathleen Piwko Merit Scholarship Award applicants.
  • Participate in On-Campus Interview and Student Visit Day.
  • Provide complete School Transcripts.
  • Provide two Teacher Recommendation Forms.
  • Provide a Letter of Character Recommendation from a source outside of the classroom (parish, sports team, principal, etc.).

For more information and to obtain the official scholarship essay questions, please contact Director of Admissions Molly McNamara Hugo - or 301-222-0776.

Only applicants who have completed all of the above scholarship application process steps by the February 15 application deadline will be considered for the scholarship.


For more than three decades (1984-2018), Mrs. Kathy Piwko encouraged her students to “Do Good Work.” The spirited Grade 7 & 8 Language Arts Teacher and High School Placement Coordinator was known for being modest, considerate, kind, attentive, and caring. She had a passion for her students, her profession, and for literature and writing that she aimed to spread to all she encountered at The Woods.

This scholarship enables The Woods to honor Mrs. Piwko's legacy and continue to promote her passion for literature and writing.