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The Middleton Scholars Program

The Middleton Scholars Program

Program Overview

The Middleton Scholars Program at Bishop McNamara High School empowers students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds to break down barriers to achievement with the help they need to succeed in high school and beyond. The Middleton Scholars Program does this by providing a strong support community through guidance, mentorship, and generous financial aid.  

BMHS Record of Student Achievement

The Middleton Scholars Program seeks to build on Bishop McNamara’s tremendous record of accomplishment as the school boasts a 100% graduation rate with approximately 99% of students matriculating at the college level, including such elite institutions such as Georgetown University, Yale University, Howard University, The United States Naval Academy, Hampton University, The University of Virginia, and The University of Notre Dame.  The school’s achievements on these fronts far exceed national averages, particularly in relationship to secondary institutions with predominantly minority student populations. 

The Middleton Scholars Program Case for Support

The Middleton Scholars Program today serves 18 students and is led by its Director Ms. Laura Keller.  Bishop McNamara looks to have at least 40 Middleton Scholars by the 2020-2021 school year. However, the school cannot support this transformative program without the help of generous benefactors like you!  

Bishop McNamara’s current financial aid program meets only 40% of a student’s demonstrated need. On average, students received close to $4000 in financial aid. For the current fiscal year, Bishop McNamara provided $2.5 million in financial aid to 65 percent of the student body.  Unfortunately, prospective students and their families requested more than four million in financial aid and assistance and potential Middleton Scholars demonstrate the greatest financial need.

The Middleton Scholars Program was founded in 2018 because the school community believes that the time has come to recruit and sustain students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds living in the region, and throughout southeastern Prince George’s County, as paramount to our mission to educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition.

The Middleton Scholars Program:

In Honor of Richard “Rick” Middleton

Bishop McNamara High School, therefore, named the Middleton Scholars Program in honor of Richard “Rick” Middleton, who served the Bishop McNamara community from 1986 until 2013 with care, compassion, and class.  Mr. Middleton was a beloved colleague and devoted mentor to thousands of Bishop McNamara young men and women until his passing on September 21, 2017. He changed the lives of countless Mustangs with his thoughtful words, warm smile, sharp intellect, and good natured humor. He called attention, through his words and actions, to those young people with the greatest need.  If Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, himself had known Rick, there would have been no doubt that he would have told him, “You are for Holy Cross!  

Ways to Support the Middleton Scholars Program

Please support the Middleton Scholars Program today with your financial gift to help make a Bishop McNamara education possible for these talented and highly skilled students.

If you would like more information about the Middleton Scholars Program at Bishop McNamara High School and ways to financially support this transformational program, call Dr. Robert Van der Waag, Director for Mission Advancement at (301) 735-8401, ext. 158 or via email at robert.vanderwaag@bmhs.org.  With your support, we can continue - through the Middleton Scholars Program - to further Bishop McNamara High School’s vision to form empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world!

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