Turner Scholarship

A Legacy of Service

In honor of the school’s founding Chairman, Howard Turner, Ridgefield Academy (RA) established the Turner Scholarship. Ridgefield Academy was founded on the idea that students should develop not only their intellect, but their character, as well; the Turner Scholarship reflects Mr. Turner’s decades of service to Ridgefield Academy children, committing his efforts to academic innovation and inspiration, personal growth and development.

The Ridgefield Academy Turner Scholarship program is a merit-based scholarship awarded annually to a limited number of qualifying new students entering Grade 6 in the fall of 2020. Each $10,000 award is intended for new students seeking academic challenge and a wide range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

Candidates for the Ridgefield Academy Turner Scholarship are dedicated students who demonstrate academic achievement, currently participate in activities outside of the classroom and show evidence of good character and citizenship. A candidate should also demonstrate potential to contribute to Ridgefield Academy’s artistic, athletic and service learning programs.

Group of Ridgefield Academy Students

Questions & Answers

Q. Who is eligible for the Ridgefield Academy Turner Scholarship?

A. New students entering Grade 6 and meeting the selection criteria. (New students are defined as ones having never attended Ridgefield Academy prior to 2020-2021).

Q. What is the scholarship award amount and is it renewable?

A. The Turner Scholarship is for $10,000 and is renewable annually if the student is in good standing.

Q. How will I know if I have been selected to receive an award?

A. All applicants for the Turner Scholarship will be contacted by the selection committee after the application has been considered and at the same time they receive notice of admission. You can expect a response within two weeks of the receipt of a completed application.

Q. What is the scholarship application deadline?

A. To be considered in the first round of decisions, applications must be submitted prior to January 15, 2020. Applications completed after that date will be considered as funds allow.

Q. If I am selected to receive a Turner Scholarship, can I also apply for need-based financial aid?

A. Yes, Ridgefield Academy is committed to making our education accessible to families regardless of financial situation. In 2019-2020, almost 30 percent of Ridgefield Academy students receive some form of financial assistance. Merit scholarships, like the need-based aid, do not have to be repaid. Since the Turner Scholarship is not based upon a financial need, a family may apply for additional need-based funds.

Q. Is there a residency requirement for the Turner Scholarship?

A. No, there is no residency requirement needed to apply.

Q. How do I learn more about Ridgefield Academy and/or the Turner Scholarship?

A. We are excited to offer this new scholarship program and encourage interested families to contact the Admissions Office for more information.


The Ridgefield Academy Turner Scholarship program application includes the following steps:
  • Submit an application to RA and complete the admissions process and let us know you are applying for the Turner Scholarship.
  • Meet with a member of the merit selection committee during your on-campus visit.
  • Have a parent submit a written piece of approximately 250 words addressing the following topic: At Ridgefield Academy, we understand that teaching and learning can come in many forms for young people; how in your family is the lesson of service to others shared?

Applications for the Turner Scholarship are considered complete when all items for the RA application for admission and the Turner Scholarship Program are received. To receive these materials, or learn more about this opportunity, simply complete the form below or contact Director of Enrollment, Dave Suter at 203.894.1800 x112 or dsuter@ridgefieldacademy.org.