Cathedral Scholars Program
As part of Washington National Cathedral’s mission to the District of Columbia, the Cathedral Scholars Program was established in 1997 as a way for the Cathedral to serve D.C. Public High School students by using its unique and varied resources, especially those of its schools. The program was shaped by Cathedral Dean Nathan Baxter and St. Albans School Headmaster Emeritus Jack McCune to provide special academic and cultural opportunities for gifted students.
Dr. Marilyn Tyler Brown, a retired DC Public Schools administrator, was recruited to launch the program. Under her leadership and the hard work of many in the Cathedral community, the program selected its first group of 15 students in 1997. This first class of Cathedral Scholars graduated from high school in 2000. To date, 165 students have graduated as Cathedral Scholars.
The program’s goals are to help better prepare each student for post-secondary education by offering new and varied experiences, as well as providing opportunities for them to be leaders in their schools and in their communities. Each year, fifteen rising tenth graders from five DC public schools, selected on the basis of academic performance, high character, and leadership potential, are invited to participate. Each scholar spends three summers of study on the Cathedral campus. In addition to academic classes and SAT preparatory classes, the program includes afternoon internships and educational workshops.