Our classrooms are always centered on education, but at MBA we do not believe that education takes place only in the classroom. Thanks to the extraordinary program established by David K. (“Pat”) Wilson, and the ongoing generosity of the Wilson family, we have the fortunate and unique opportunity to provide funding for over 200 students each year to spend their summers exploring and furthering the intellectual passions they have developed at school.
As early as their 7th grade year, students can apply for grants to take summer classes to deepen their knowledge of any element of MBA’s curriculum. Once they enter the High School language program, they will further have the option of applying for a summer of language immersion classes and subsequently have an opportunity to study and travel in a country where the language they are studying is spoken. Special trips are also organized each year based around US History (7th Grade), Latin & Classics in Rome (8th Grade), the Cultural History of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York (10th &11th Grade), and a trip to England and France to study the legacy of World War I and World War II (11th Grade).
In addition, money from the Wilson family also provides funding for us to offer around 40 classes each summer on a diverse set of subjects, ranging from computer programming to cooking and gardening. These programs also include a multi-week “Accelerated STEM” program that focuses on astronomy, number theory, robotics, and AI.
Overall, these grants provide an incredible “added value” feature to academic life at MBA and help us fulfill our mission of preparing our boys for the modern world. They also provide life-changing experiences for the students who go on them, as can be seen in the reflections of those who received grants in 2023 in the above video.
Details about each of the Wilson Grant Programs for 2024 can be found via the links below.