Scholarship Recipient Aaron Wright
2009 Scholarship Recipient: Aaron Wright graduated from Auldern Academy in June 2010

At Beacon Tree Foundation, we recognize the need to help parents and their children overcome personal and physical hurdles in order enjoy life by becoming successful members of society through academic accomplishment and personal growth.   So many of our young people, without the support and guidance provided by private institutions, are lost and will have no opportunity to use their gifts to profoundly impact the vitality of our communities and its enterprises.

Motivated by that reality, Beacon Tree Foundation invests in the education of those young men and women who fight each day to overcome their challenges and successfully go on to lead productive lives.

Each year, Beacon Tree Foundation presents scholarships to graduating seniors who have been accepted and will attend full time, an accredited 4-year college or university, or an accredited 2-year college with the intention of transferring to complete a degree program at an accredited 4- year institution.

Scholarship recipients are chosen by the faculty and staff of special schools and programs chosen by the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

The scholarships will be paid out over 4 years.  Each year proof of enrollment will provided to the Board of Directors in order to receive the scholarship payment.  Failure to transfer from a 2-year college to 4-year institution will invalidate the award.  Failure to submit required documentation, or enter higher education within 6 months, will invalidate the award.

Awards are approved by the board of directors of Beacon Tree Foundation in conjunction with the leadership of the representative school.

Current Participating Schools

  • Auldern Academy, Siler City, North Carolina
  • Northstar Academy, Richmond, Virginia
  • The Family School, Hancock, New York


Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or nationality.

Every graduating senior is eligible to be considered for this this scholarship.

The student (or parents if under 18 years of age) must agree to the release of his/her name and college or university they will attend for fund-raising purposes by Beacon Tree Foundation, or to local media in conjunction with a news release.  Exceptions may be entertained by the board of directors.

Children of Beacon Tree Foundation, or representative school employees, are not eligible.


In general, the scholarship will be awarded to the student that has demonstrated the most personal strength, determination and willingness to succeed both personally and academically.

Student must intend to pursue a 4-year degree producing course of study at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university (transfer from a 2-year to a 4-year institution is required to maintain the scholarship).

Student will be selected based on several factors including but not limited to:

The severity of the emotional, personal or physical challenge(s) he/she had to
overcome to successfully complete high school and go on to college.

His/her academics, as measured by overall achievement, improvement or the pursuit of excellence.

His/her contribution to the school community as a leader and mentor.