NMH Honored for Oliver Scholars Partnership

Stephanie Harris (left) receives the award from Max McClendon ’16. Photo courtesy of Oliver Scholars
Aug. 16, 2016 — Northfield Mount Hermon has been named “Partner School of the Year” by the Oliver Scholars program, which identifies academically talented African American and Latino students and connects them with top independent high schools.
Max McClendon, an Oliver scholar who graduated from NMH this May, presented the award on behalf of Oliver Scholars to NMH Admission Counselor Stephanie Harris during a recent ceremony in New York City.
Admission to a top prep school doesn’t automatically mean full acceptance within the institution. One New York Times article noted that “schools’ efforts to attract minority students haven’t always been matched by efforts to truly make their experience one of inclusion.” But NMH’s combination of excellent academics and emphasis on diversity and inclusion makes sure that every student feels an integral part of the school.
Throughout the year, NMH and Oliver Scholars are true partners in preparing these promising students for success in scholarship, leadership, and service.
“The Oliver Scholars Program relies heavily on the support of our independent-school partners,” says Lena Chao, Oliver Scholars’ liaison to NMH. “Each year, they demonstrate their commitment to our mission not only by working with us to admit our talented scholars, but also by providing them with substantial financial aid awards and giving them the finest education, inside and outside the classroom.”
As they do with all students, NMH teachers and advisors closely follow each Oliver scholar’s social and academic progress, and step in with support wherever it’s needed. Therese Collins, director of financial aid, works closely with NMH’s Oliver Scholars and is advisor to the Advancing Scholars and Leaders program at NMH.  She says the joint effort ensures that Oliver scholars “really have full access to independent schools and that they feel a true part of the NMH community.”