Methuen Student Receives Ruby Boyer Miller Scholarship Award at Penguin Hall
Tara Dawley, Methuen, Massachusetts resident and eighth grader at Austin Preparatory School, was recently awarded a top scholarship award from The Academy at Penguin Hall, (APH).
Given annually, Penguin Hall’s Ruby Boyer Miller Scholarship, is awarded to an incoming student who demonstrates a profound commitment to her education, who values self-growth, and uses her education to make a positive impact on the lives of those around her. Named for the woman who in 1929 built the original house that is the center of the campus, Ruby Miller demonstrated initiative and daring for a female at that time in history. The Ruby Boyer Miller award is only available to students who apply during the early admission period, and the winner receives a $5000 award that is renewable for four years.
Dean of Academics Jan Healy recognized Tara’s potential through the application, recommendation, and interview process. As Tara said in her application “My favorite class is science, and I have always loved labs and learning more about the world. We have learned so much already, but there is still so much to learn.” Tara is already clear on her future and will study either Marine Biology or Astronomy. Though science is very important to her, Tara has succeeded in all aspects of her learning, including world languages and writing. At the end of the school day, Tara sings and acts in her school plays.
APH Director of Admissions Dean Tsouvalas said “Dawley’s award is well-deserved and speaks to her commitment and enthusiasm for her education. She is not only a strong student but is a kind and generous individual. The Academy at Penguin Hall feels very fortunate to welcome Tara to the school in September.”
President of APH Molly Martins agrees that Tara stood out from the beginning of the admission process with her obvious maturity, sense of self, academic ability, and curiosity. “APH serves young women like this who want to be a part of a strong educational program and also find a community of like-minded students who thrive on challenge and achievement.”
Tara’s parents commented on their hopes for their daughter in the application by saying, “The high school years are so important in finding out who you are and discovering where you fit in. I hope Penguin Hall fosters her love of learning and while there, she forms lasting friendships that carry her through her teen years and into adulthood.” Ms. Martins said that “we see girls do this each year and graduate with strong relationships. We are confident that Tara will experience that too.”
Dawley will be joining Penguin Hall as a first year this fall. To learn more about Penguin Hall, please visit: www.penguinhall.org