There’s a new scholarship in town.

Journeys School of Teton Science Schools, which is a private prekindergarten through 12th-grade school, announced the creation of the Community Merit Scholarship for local students Sept. 22.

“At the center of the Journeys School philosophy is a mission to connect students to their surrounding place,” Head of School Nancy Lang said in a press release.

“We do this programmatically through our curriculum both in daily on-campus learning and in periodic off-campus journeys,” she said.

“With this strong emphasis on connecting people to place, Journeys School aims to foster a stronger connection to the local Jackson community through our admissions process,” she said.

The scholarship is $10,000 per year for one local student. That student must be a child or a grandchild of families actively employed by Teton County nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Students who are enrolled in grades five through 11 this year are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

The scholarship will be available for applicants for the 2017-18 school year and will be renewed on an annual basis through a student’s graduation.

Lang hopes the scholarship will help Journeys School connect with families whose nonprofit work benefits the community.

“The Community Merit Scholarship is designed specifically to connect with the families whose nonprofit work helps to make this community more accessible, diverse and widely supported,” Lang said.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic and character-based criteria in addition to the Journeys School admission process. That process includes teacher recommendations, a writing sample, an interview, recent test scores, grades, essay questions and more.

The Community Merit Scholarship will not eliminate a family from consideration for need-based tuition assistance if additional financial help is needed to attend the school.

Journeys School provides approximately $1 million a year in tuition assistance, and 40 percent of students receive that assistance.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079 or

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