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    The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts
    The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts honors Ms. Bedford by supporting a girl who shares her passion for the arts and who embodies her sense of adventure and enterprise. The scholarship consists of a $25,000 grant-in-aid.

    The ideal candidate is:
    • Dedicated to the performing or visual arts and possesses a strong desire to excel in that arena
    • Academically focused
    • Someone who would add to the integrity and the intellectual and creative richness of the school community
    • Inquisitive, outgoing and interested in developing leadership skills
    • A new 9th or 10th grade student (at the discretion of the Head of School and Scholarship Committee, a new 11th grade student may be considered)
    Applications for the Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts are available online -- click here to download. The deadline is February 1, and the notification date is March 10.

    Applicants will submit the following:
    • Completed admission application (required)
    • Completed financial aid application (optional)
    • A letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher, private instructor, or mentor in the arts (required)
    • A 250-500 word essay about their passion for, as well as their accomplishments in the arts (required)
    • A portfolio of their work (required)
    Maintaining Eligibility
    Students may continue to receive the scholarship through graduation, provided specific criteria are met.

    Criteria for renewal:
    • The student and her parent(s) and guardian(s) must submit a yearly written statement regarding their continued interest in the arts at Foxcroft.
    • The student must maintain good academic standing.
    • The student must maintain good citizenship at Foxcroft.
    • The student exhibits demonstrated contributions to the school community in the arts.
    Ruth T. Bedford, Class of 1932, was daring, creative – and had an impressive amount of grit. She served with the American Red Cross in Europe during World War II; worked for Rodgers & Hammerstein as a stage manager on several broadway shows; and was a licensed seaplane pilot, as well as an accomplished sailor, golfer, tennis player and horse woman. Bedford lived modestly, yet bequeathed Foxcroft the largest gift ever made to an all-girls secondary school.
    Submitting an Application
    Please submit the completed Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts application to:

    Foxcroft School Admission Office
    Bedford Scholarship
    P.O. Box 5555
    22407 Foxhound Lane
    Middleburg, VA 20118-5555

    Or digitally to: with “Bedford Scholarship” in the subject line.
    Inquiries and Details
    Contact the Admission Office at 540.687.4340 or