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Sophia Academy Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

When Maya Clifton entered Sophia Academy in fifth grade, she was studious yet painfully shy. Recognizing her potential, Maya’s parents believed Sophia would provide her a safe, loving, and academically challenging environment that would encourage her to come out of her shell and excel.

They were right.

Maya’s strong academic achievements combined with her poise helped her earn a full scholarship to the Lincoln School. And this past summer through a program with Sophia, she landed a paid internship at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. She is currently applying to colleges.

Her parents believe it is because of the foundation their daughter received at Sophia that she is confident, capable, and hopeful about her future as a scientist, educator, or researcher.

“Maya’s story is not unusual. The Sophia experience transforms our students from quiet and reserved fifth grade girls to young women who are eager to pursue intellectual opportunities and advocate for themselves and others,” says Gigi DiBello, Sophia’s head of school.

Founded in 2001 by Sister Mary Reilly, RSM, Sophia is an independent, fully-accredited, all-girls middle school. Students who are Providence residents and qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to apply.

“Sophia’s programs are phenomenal and include a strong math curriculum. Our girls are prepared for high school and to be leaders in their communities,” says Alison Eichler, Sophia’s board president.

“Our goal is to stimulate a love for lifelong learning by providing our students with an empowering, hands-on education with opportunities beyond the classroom,” Gigi continues.

Sophia enrolls 60 students in grades five through eight. Every Sophia student receives financial aid. Ninety-five percent of the alumnae graduate from high school and almost all go on to post-secondary learning.

“We offer a solid curriculum, taught by a top-notch faculty, and have our own building in the Elmwood neighborhood,” says Alison. “An important way to build on this success is to strengthen our endowment to keep Sophia thriving for decades to come.”

“We are looking forward to continuing our partnering with the Foundation to grow our endowment. Our work together will support the dreams of many more students like Maya,” says Gigi.

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