Malone Scholars Program

The Malone Family Foundation was founded in 1997 by Dr. John C. Malone, a well-known communications and media executive and investor, and his family, with one principal objective: to improve access to quality education, particularly at the secondary school level, for gifted students who lack the financial resources to best develop their talents.

In 2008, Brownell Talbot was selected as the recipient of a $2 million grant from the Malone Family Foundation to provide scholarships for gifted students with financial need. Brownell Talbot is one of only 50 independent schools in the country given the opportunity to partner with the Malone Family Foundation.

“Our goal is to provide an outstanding education to every young student who is among the top 5 percent of his or her class and who displays the keen desire and motivation to learn, yet lacks the resources to finance such an education,” said Cathie Wlaschin, Executive Director of the Malone Family Foundation based in Englewood, Colorado.

Malone Scholars are selected by Brownell Talbot on the basis of merit and financial need alone without regard to race, creed, or any demographic characteristics. The Malone fund allows for support of certain school-related expenses over and above tuition, including book fees, lunch, uniforms, computers, and other educational materials, field trips, summer courses, and fees for participation in school-sponsored competitions.

Malone Scholar Requirements

Each student selected as a Malone Scholar by Brownell Talbot must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a new student to BT.
  • Be a rising seventh through twelfth grader in the top 5 percent of his/her class as identified by school records, standardized test scores, and other recognized assessment methods.
  • Show evidence of enthusiasm for and motivation toward maximizing his/her educational opportunities.
  • Qualify for funding of at least 30 percent of his/her tuition through the school’s financial aid qualification process.
  • Display leadership potential and high character standards in accordance with BT’s Points of Pride.