The goal of the Friends of Spruce Tree Montessori School (FOST) Scholarship Program is to expand the educational opportunities in our community at the elementary (K – 6th grade) level to families who desire a Montessori education for their children, but have limited financial resources or are experiencing a difficult family transition or other hardship. The Friends of Spruce Tree seeks to form a consortium of professionals, business owners and parents who engage in the education of the upcoming generation of leaders. As one of the first, secular private elementary schools in Fairbanks, Spruce Tree embraces cultural and economic diversity by welcoming all backgrounds, all religions or no religion, and those from all walks of life.
The mission of the Friends of Spruce Tree Montessori School, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, is to raise funds through fundraising efforts and donor solicitation programs for the purposes of awarding tuition assistance scholarships for enrollment at Spruce Tree Montessori School or to Spruce Tree teachers who enroll in an accredited Montessori credentialing program. FOST also supports special projects aligned with the school’s mission.
Tuition assistance is awarded in the form of scholarships to qualified student candidates selected through a simple application process. Scholarship funds are remitted directly to Spruce Tree Montessori School in the award recipient’s name and applied to the family’s account balance for tuition. Scholarship awards are awarded at various levels with a maximum award equal to half of annual tuition for one child per school year. The remaining balance is the responsibility of the family and shall be remitted to the school in accordance with the Financial Commitment Policy outlined on the Admissions Application. Other fees such as the Materials Fee, Enrollment Deposit, camp programming fees and extended day programming fees are the responsibility of the family. Scholarships are awarded and renewed on an annual basis.
The criteria for which candidates will be selected is as follows:
- Student is an Alaska resident
- Family presents a match to the Montessori philosophy
- Family desires an educational experience in a true Montessori environment
- Letter of Interest (summary of applicant’s educational experience thus far, family background, family’s special circumstances)
- Spruce Tree Montessori School admissions application or confirmation of re-enrollment