Merit Scholarships

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The Academy is proud to offer two merit scholarship opportunities for students, both current and new. For more information about these scholarship opportunities or need-based financial aid, please contact the Admission Office.


George C. Hoopy '26 Scholarship

The George C. Hoopy Scholarship is awarded through an endowed gift from the late businessperson and philanthropist, George C. Hoopy ’26. After graduating from the Academy, Hoopy founded the Hoopy Insurance Agency and along with seven other business owners the West Shore Businessman’s Association, which in 1956 became the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Hoopy was named Alumnus of the Year in 1999.


The Hoopy Scholarship is a renewable scholarship awarded to an incoming 9th grade student as a percentage of the student’s annual tuition. The Hoopy Scholarship is solely merit-based. Recipients may separately apply for need-based financial aid. Each year, the number of new scholarships and amount of each scholarship will vary based upon the value of the Hoopy Fund within the Academy’s endowment and the number of applications received. A maximum of five Hoopy Scholarships will be awarded each year.


The Spong Family Scholarship

This one-time scholarship is available to 8th grade Academy students who have re-enrolled for 9th grade. This scholarship is funded through the bequest of Marian M. Spong, which provided over $300,000 to the Academy's endowment in support of student scholarships. Except for students formerly named as Corporate or Community Merit Scholars before these programs were discontinued, all current 8th graders are eligible to apply for the Spong Family Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship is awarded as a percentage of the student's 9th grade net tuition and does not take financial need into consideration.  Applications for the Spong Family Scholarship are available online and are due March 15, 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.


IB Scholarship for Summer Study

This scholarship provides travel funds for national or international travel and summer study for up to three current or prospective students to an academic or service learning program. Students currently in 10th grade, who are pursuing a full IB Diploma or planning to take four or more IB Certificate classes during 11th grade, are eligible to apply for the award. Be sure to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Harrisburg Academy and past IB summer study scholars. Interested in applying? Please contact the Admission Office to learn more about this particular scholarship. Applications for the IB Scholarship for Summer Study will be available by April 27 with an anticipated due date of mid-August.


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