In addition to the MMS Scholarship Fund, there are two scholarships available to enrolled families. For information on applying for a scholarship, contact the school by phone (973-966-9544) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Benjamin Robert Wieler Scholarship
The Benjamin Robert Wieler Scholarship Fund was established in September 2009 by Stephen, Susan and Matt Wieler in memory of their son and brother, Ben. Ben died while studying in Barcelona and his fund exists to assist children from families who would not otherwise be able to attend our school.
Ben was a remarkable four-year-old boy when he came to us in 1993. His kindness, confidence, and “all out smile” made an indelible impression on adults and children alike. He was our “fixer and mender,” a child who loved to have fun but who was also drawn to anyone having a bad day. He had a talent for making things better and was a friend to everyone without exception. Ben was also an energetic preschooler who loved nothing more than to try something new, whether on the playground or in the classroom. These qualities did not fade away but only became more evident as he grew into a young man.
Ben’s childhood easel now stands in our lobby on a mat made with love and care by Madison Montessori students. The easel beckons to the youngest children, often the younger siblings of current students, and they respond. It has thus become the MMS “first classroom” for the children who now gather there each morning, and stands as a loving testament to Ben’s days at MMS and the happiness and joy he continues to inspire at our school each day.
CONTRIBUTE TO THE BENJAMIN Robert WIELER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
LaVerne Kleinheider Memorial Scholarship
The Kleinheiders were one of our first families. They enrolled their son, Justin, in 1981 when MMS was a brand new school. The following is an excerpt from a letter Justin sent to us to explain why the family decided to start a scholarship in memory of his mother, LaVerne.
I feel that Madison Montessori established my love of learning above all things. My mother's role in choosing Madison Montessori cannot be underestimated. Since my mom passed away, I have spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to best honor her memory. I don't think it was until my son, Ronan, was born...that the obvious solution presented itself.
What my father and I would like to do is to provide the opportunity of MMS to someone who would otherwise not be able to attend. I know in my heart that my mother believed in education and that MMS was the crucial first step to my success."
A Gift Specifically for A Genuine Art Artist
DEBORAH EXUM GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT
This gift in memory of Deborah Lynn Exum, (1952-2005), is given by her husband, Tom Styrkowicz, to an individual, who has made an extraordinary contribution to Genuine Art. It is a monetary gift to encourage the recipient to “break out and try things,” as Deborah, who always saw the good in people, would have wanted.
Deborah Exum and Madison Montessori were intractably linked in many ways – as a parent of two students, as a creative visionary, talented photographer, selfless volunteer and incredibly generous and kind human being. She left us way too soon.