Watson Family Gateway Scholarships

In March 2021, Frederica Academy announced the establishment of the Watson Family Gateway Scholarship program. These scholarships were made possible due to the generosity of Jane and Jim Watson and their family through the creation of a permanent endowment, which will generate in perpetuity a minimum of $20,000 annually for designated gateway scholarships starting with the 2021-2022 school year.

The Watson Family Gateway Scholarship seeks rising Fifth Grade and Ninth Grade students well rounded in the areas of academics, extracurricular pursuits, community involvement, church or civic activities, and who greet new adventures and opportunities with unbridled enthusiasm. Applicants should embody leadership, commitment, sportsmanship, positivity, kindness, and inclusiveness. Applicants must gain admission to Frederica Academy through the school’s standard admission process. Click here to learn more about the Admission process at Frederica Academy.

Scholarship Program, Criteria, and Process Information

Fifth Grade Watson Family Gateway Scholarship: A one-time $7,500 scholarship for an entering Fifth Grade student – the new gateway grade for Frederica Academy’s Middle School. When each Watson Gateway Scholar completes his or her eighth-grade year, he or she will be honored at the Middle School Closing Ceremony and will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his or her ninth-grade year at FA. To be eligible, an applicant must:

 

  • be a new student applying and accepted to the 5th grade at Frederica Academy for the 2021-2022 school year;
  • write an essay in approximately 250 words entitled “When I’m a FA Knight…";
  • create a poster spotlighting the applicant's passions and accomplishments; and
  • conduct an on-campus visit with the selection committee and member(s) of the Watson family.

Additional letters of recommendation may be submitted on the applicant’s behalf.

 

Ninth Grade Watson Family Gateway Scholarship: A one-time $7,500 scholarship for an entering Ninth Grade student – the gateway grade for Corn Hall and our Upper School program. When each Upper School Watson Gateway Scholar completes his or her senior year, he or she will be recognized at Upper School Honors Day and will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his or her college education. To be eligible, an application must:

 

  • be a new student applying and accepted to the 9th grade at Frederica Academy for the 2021-2022 school year;
  • write an essay in approximately 500 words, which captures one of the applicant’s favorite memories or a memorable disappointment;
  • create a printed portfolio or video spotlighting the applicant's passions and accomplishments; and
  • conduct an on-campus visit and interview with the selection committee and member(s) of the Watson family.

Additional letters of recommendation may be submitted on the applicant’s behalf.

 

All application materials are available by contacting the Office of Admission at 912.638.9981 ext. 106. To be considered for the Watson Family Gateway Scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year, applicants must have their application and scholarship materials submitted by June 1, 2021.

Watson Family Gateway Endowment

Jane and Jim Watson have been actively involved with Frederica Academy for several decades. Jane spent ten years serving as a classroom teacher and in an administrator role as the college placement counselor. All three of Jane and Jim’s children, Justin (Winslett), Kirk (Laurie), and Kate (Brad) Danowski, attended Frederica Academy.

 

Six of their nine grandchildren have graduated from (Manning Mercer ’16 and Bailey Mercer ’19) or currently attend (Wood Watson, Rollins Watson, Cope Danowski, and Will Danowski) Frederica Academy. Justin and Winslett’s sons attend Benedictine Military School in Savannah. Kate and Brad’s youngest child is too young to attend FA but is certainly on the school’s admission radar.

 

Education, especially independent school education, has always been a priority for the Watson family. Jane graduated from The Westminster Schools before meeting Jim at the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. They have supported both schools over the years as well as all of their grandchildren’s schools. They have been especially generous to Frederica Academy.

 

Their love for helping young people and their belief in the caliber of education Frederica Academy provides its students inspired Jane and Jim, through a series of gifts, to permanently endow the Watson Family Gateway Scholarship program. This endowment will generate in perpetuity a minimum of $20,000 annually for designated scholarships. The objective of the scholarship fund is to identify, recruit, and help make it possible for two deserving prospective students to join the Frederica family each year at “gateway” grade-level entry points and to be rewarded as they subsequently prepare for their next gateway opportunity when they complete their entering FA division.