Academic Merit Scholarship Programs

Cape Henry Collegiate prides itself on the distinctiveness of its student body. Students at Cape Henry Collegiate are encouraged to challenge their minds, demonstrate strong values, and enrich the world around them. A Cape Henry Collegiate education is as distinctive as each of its students. The Core Values of community, opportunity, scholarship, and integrity drive students to reach their highest potential. 
Cape Henry Collegiate enjoys an international reputation as a leader among independent schools for high ability students and educating leaders of character. At Cape Henry students are recognized for their abilities and talents. To honor our students, Cape Henry Collegiate has several academic merit scholarship programs. Cape Henry Collegiate Academic Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to highly motivated students who embody the values and ideals of Cape Henry Collegiate.

Cape Henry Collegiate does not offer athletic merit scholarships.

All applicants applying for the Laila Serpe Distinguished Scholar and Middle School Distinguished Scholar merit scholarships must submit the scholarship application and all application materials including testing by February 14, 2019. Finalists will be contacted by February 19, 2019 to interview on campus.  Award winners for Laila Serpe will be contacted by March 1, 2019 and award winners for Middle School will be contacted by March 15, 2019 Award winners of partial academic merit scholarships will still be eligible to receive need-based financial aid, in addition to the scholarship, should they qualify.

Students applying to the Upper School for grades 9, 10, and 11 (after the Laila Serpe Distinguished Scholar deadline) are reviewed on an individual basis to determine eligibility for partial academic merit scholarships, if funds are available. Eligibility is determined by: exceptional testing on ISEE, PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT; GPA of 3.8 or higher, course load, and teacher recommendations.


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Alumni Scholar Features

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  • John Jepson '12

    John Jepson will graduate from the University of Virginia this upcoming May, double majoring in government and media studies. Prior to UVA, John spent one year at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he was a member of the scholars program, an honor awarded to approximately the top 50 students in each class. John is currently a student manager for the men’s lacrosse team at the University of Virginia, and has been an associate producer for American Forum, a public affairs television program broadcast nationally via PBS that is filmed at the Miller Center on the Grounds of UVA. He is also heavily involved with his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, serving as risk manager and house manager over the past two years. John has worked for local Virginia Delegate Scott Taylor in addition to returning to Cape Henry each summer since 2012 to assist with the Summer at the Cape program. After graduation this spring, John will enroll in a one-year Master of Science degree program in commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntyre School of Commerce.

    Some of John’s favorite memories from his years at Cape Henry include time spent with his advisory group led by Mrs. Kerry Kisa along with winning the 2011 TCIS Championship in lacrosse under Coach Lonergan, not to mention all the fun times had with the current generation of Cape Henry students and staff through the Summer at the Cape.
  • Sean Poppen '12

    Sean is a senior at Harvard, and will graduate in May with a double major in chemistry and physics and engineering science. He is currently researching ion exchange membranes for use in a type of liquid battery that may have applications for large-scale energy storage. A pitcher on the Harvard baseball team, Sean is hoping to be picked up in the MLB draft in June, but if baseball doesn't work out he hopes to find a job in the alternative energy industry.

    Looking back on his Cape Henry experience, he would say that the teachers he had during his time at the School are the most caring, hard working, and talented instructors he has ever had the pleasure of knowing, even among his college professors. He wishes the best of luck to all of his current and future friends at Cape Henry.
  • William Serratelli '12

    Will is currently double majoring in molecular biology (with honors) and English literature at Brown University and will be applying to medical school at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.

    At Brown, he has earned the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, a grant that funded his summer research project. This project, Explore Grant for Social Innovation, provided seed money to perform market research, proof-of-concept testing, and focus-group testing for a student-run startup that is developing a globally inspired popcorn company. The goal is to cover marginal costs and donate all profits to public health organizations that serve developing countries.

    Additionally, Will has conducted ethnographic interviews with HIV-positive patients for a lifestyle study run by AIDS Project Rhode Island and has spent the last year working in the laboratory of Dr. Craig Lefort at the Brown University Medical School. Will’s lab studies are focused on the biochemical signaling pathways associated with the activation and initiation of the body's innate immune and inflammatory response. His project, which has become the subject of Will’s senior thesis, is aimed at identifying novel molecular regulators of white blood cell recruitment to sites of injury and infection using genome engineering techniques and high-throughput cellular screening.

    At Brown, Will is the president of CareFree Clinic, a student organization of more than 100 members that provides free health screenings (blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol, and BMI) to the underserved communities of Rhode Island. He also serves as president of the French Language and Culture Program House and is a state-certified HIV test counselor. Will is also working as a writing tutor, working with high school students to develop their writing both technically and creatively, as well as serving as a biology instructor at The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches an introductory course in synthetic biology, genetic modification, and biochemical laboratory techniques to high school seniors.

    While all of the teachers he had at CHC were competent and commited educators, Mrs. Kerry Kisa and Mrs. Elizabeth Moore were the most inspirational. Through his experiences on Cape Henry's Upper School Newpaper, The Lighthouse, and in English classes, Mrs. Kisa encouraged him to think deeply about, critically engage with, and ultimately challenge the world around him. Will’s interest in biology and desire to pursue medicine has defined his college experience, and he credits both of those to the Biotechnology and AP Biology classes he took with Mrs. Moore. Her excitement about the topics studied, her well-curated laboratory experiences, and her genuine interest in the lives of her students fostered a learning environment that was deeply formative.
  • Michael Field '13

    Michael Field was valedictorian of his high school class and is currently a Monroe Scholar at the College of William and Mary. Michael is pursuing a double major in neuroscience and finance with a concentration in process management and consulting.

    He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma which is the premier honor society recognizing business excellence. He is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has made the Dean’s List during his entire college career. He has interned for the Cleveland-based money management firm Winfield and Associates and consulted and directed project management for Eco Lawn Grants. Michael is currently the teaching assistant for Professor Julie Agnew’s popular Money and Debt Markets course. He is involved with numerous activities such as the Finance Academy, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and of course the Smash Bros. and Pokémon Clubs.

    He looks back fondly on all his classes at Cape Henry Collegiate and will attest to his teachers’ skills and dedication. He particularly enjoyed growing as a musician in Jazz Band and having opportunities to develop new skills like running cross country and designing robots in Robotics Club. Michael’s high school education prepared him well for college and beyond.
  • Jessica Miller '13

    Jessica Miller was salutatorian of her class. She received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving a four-year scholarship. At USNA, she was selected for the honors English program and is pursuing a B.S. in English and a minor in Spanish. She has made the Superintendent's List each semester.

    Jessica qualified for a number of leadership positions while at the Naval Academy. Most recently, she was selected for her company's Battalion Administrative Sergeant position. She is responsible for overseeing administration issues of 150 of her company mates. She was also selected as Editor-in-Chief for the Naval Academy's 100-year-old satirical magazine. This position is normally reserved for a senior. Her other campus activities include fencing letter winner, statistics tutor, Writing Center peer tutor, vice chair for ring dance committee, and a designated driver for the SHIPMATE program–helping to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents. As president of the Medicine Club, Jessica led a variety of community outreach events with Anne Arundel Medical Center, the Bone Marrow Donation Center, and Midshipmen Action Group. This summer Jessica will be interning at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

    Ultimately, Jessica hopes to receive a full scholarship to medical school through the Navy. Jessica feels that all the teachers in CHC's English Department were inspirational to her.
  • Griffin Stewart '14

    Griffin Stewart graduated Cum Laude from Cape Henry Collegiate in 2014 and is currently a second-year at the University of Virginia. Griffin has recently applied to the McIntyre School of Commerce to pursue a major in finance and a minor in economics.

    While serving as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Griffin has made the Dean’s List or Honor Roll during his college career. He has been a project member for the Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) for the past two semesters to consult small businesses and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that foster economic development. He is also a member of the Alpha Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity and served as a delegate at the national Chi Phi Congress during the summer of 2015. Griffin has volunteered through the Madison House Volunteer Tutoring Program to tutor underprivileged elementary students at local Charlottesville schools. He has continued his artistic passions by designing philanthropy T-shirts for his fraternity as well as album covers and shirts for fellow CHC alum Will Overman '12 and his band.

    He is grateful for his Cape Henry teachers and classes as they have driven his interest in learning and prepared him well for the collegiate academic environment. He would also like to give a shout-out to the notorious Mr. Tom Rodgers and Mr. Jim Kerbin for their constructive impact on his desire to learn and work hard. Griffin’s high school education, sports opportunities, and artistic classes have propelled his academic success and allowed him to pursue a multitude of collegiate opportunities.
  • Garrison McCray '15

    Garrison McCray is currently in his first year at the University of Virginia where he is pursuing a premedical degree with a double major in biology and Spanish. He was named a 2015 Jefferson Scholar by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, which provides a full-tuition scholarship for four years, a research stipend, and funding for study abroad. Garrison was also selected to be an officer for the Honor Committee, which works to uphold the university's commitment to integrity, a value shared by both UVA and Cape Henry Collegiate.

    At the end of the first semester, he was awarded Harambee II distinction by the university. Garrison is enjoying Greek life as a new member of the Omicron chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. His plans for the future include studying abroad in Valencia, Spain during the summer of 2017, where he will volunteer in a hospital and take classes for Spanish medical professionals.

    Garrison remembers fondly his time at Cape Henry Collegiate, an outstanding institution with incredible, dedicated, and invested faculty that creates an environment in which students can grow in all areas of their life.
  • Rhianne Cofer '15

    Rhianne Cofer is currently a freshman at Davidson. Rhianne reported to work as a deckhand on the A.J. Meerwald (an authentic oyster-dredging schooner) the day after she graduated from CHC. She spent the summer living, working, and sailing aboard the Meerwald along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Before formally starting classes at Davidson College in North Carolina, Rhianne participated in Davidson’s Outdoor Odyssey program, spending eight days backpacking and kayaking in the Appalachian Mountains. She has been selected for, and is currently training to be a member of Davidson’s Outdoor Leadership Team where she will help lead other Davidson students on various outback excursions.

    Rhianne is pursuing an undergraduate degree in biological sciences and is an active participant in Davidson’s sustainability program. She was honored to receive Davidson’s Elizabeth Love Appleget scholarship. Rhianne is thriving and genuinely enjoying her time at Davidson.
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