ParkFlex & Scholarships
Just as we actively prioritize innovation within our classrooms and learning spaces, we try to be just as innovative in our ability to accommodate as many families as possible.
ParkFlex is our flexible tuition program. ParkFlex maps an individual student’s tuition investment to their family’s income and financial circumstances.
To learn more about ParkFlex and how it can benefit your family, please contact Admissions at 716-839-1243, extension 135, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also very pleased to offer scholarships for qualifying students entering Grade 5 through Grade 12. These scholarships are both merit and need-based. Through the generosity of Park alumni, legacy parents, and other friends of Park, endowed scholarship funds support tuition assistance for many talented students and their families.
Learning Leader Merit Scholarship - Any Student Entering Grade 9
The Learning Leader Merit Scholarship is a merit award created for a current Park 8th grade student rising to Grade 9 and a new incoming Grade 9 student. The scholarship is equal to 50% of tuition and is renewable each year on the basis of ongoing leadership performance in academics and community life. Award winners will be selected for their previous academic achievement and demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:
- Extracurricular organizations and/or sports in the school
- Community service
- Involvement in the community outside the school
All applicants must submit the Learning Leader Scholarship Application by February 1 for the start of the next academic year.
John R. Oishei Foundation Scholarship Program - New Incoming Grade 9 Student
The Park School receives an annual grant from the Oishei Foundation of Buffalo to fund a four-year, full-tuition Oishei Scholarship for one incoming 9th grader. The goal of this program is to provide an independent upper school education to economically disadvantaged students of color. Oishei Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated involvement in community service, and financial need. Family income must be less than $65,000 to be eligible for this scholarship. The Park School invites three eighth-grade students each year to apply for the Oishei Scholarship.
Students must apply and be accepted to The Park School. Students must then submit a a Declaration of Intent (provided by Park after January 19th) by January 25, 2020 and complete an Oishei Scholarship application by February 9, 2020.
Cullen Scholars Program - Any Student Entering Grade 5 or 9
The Cullen Scholars Program is a needs-based program that awards scholarships to high-achieving students residing in Erie County to attend private schools like The Park School. A student entering grade 5 or 9 with a "B" or above average, whose family meets the household income criteria established by the Cullen Foundation, and is nominated by Park, is eligible to apply. Students of color are given preference. Scholarships cover part of the tuition and are renewable for up to four years, contingent on meeting academic and financial criteria each year. If your student is selected as a Cullen Scholar, he or she will participate in Buffalo Prep High School and College Prep as part of their program. Buffalo Prep offers high school students arts-integrated, academic enrichment experiences throughout the year.
Students must apply and be accepted to The Park School or must be a currently matriculated grade 4 student. If the student is nominated by Park to be a Cullen Scholar, the student will be notified and may apply online. The application for the Cullen Scholarship is due February 2021.
S. Douglas Cornell '31 Scholarship - Any Student Entering Grade 9
The S. Douglas Cornell ’31 Scholarship is a merit and needs-based award created fora current Park 8th grade student rising to 9th grade, or an incoming ninth grade student, with a particular interest in the sciences. The scholarship will be renewable each year on the basis of ongoing performance in academics and community life. There is only one S. Douglas Cornell ’31 Scholar at Park School at any given time; it is not awarded again until the student graduates. The next available scholarship is for the 2021-2022 school year.
Bison Fund - All Students Entering Grades K - 8
The BISON Children's Scholarship fund is a tuition assistance program for economically disadvantaged children living in Western New York wishing to attend a private school of their choice. Students entering grades kindergarten through grade eight may apply. The application is due between January and April. More details and the application are available at www.bisonfund.com.
The Park School has many other scholarships that all students are considered for during the enrollment and re-enrollment process. These scholarships are typically need-based, and students who qualify for Flexible Tuition will be considered. Some of these include:
Helen R. Long Scholarship Fund
Established in 1994 by past parent and former trustee Peggy Dodd in memory of her good friend and Park’s longtime head of the middle and lower schools, Helen R. Long.
Jonah Bernstein Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in 2007, this fund supports the tuition of a student throughout their years at Park and honors the memory of a longtime Park School student who passed away when he was in 9th grade.
Pauvre Philippe Scholarship Fund
This scholarship, established in 1980 by artist, former faculty member, trustee and past parent, Taddy Taylor Dann ’47, provides financial aid to students in need. It is funded using the proceeds from the sales of The Perils of Pauvre Philippe, a delightful book for children created by Dann.
M. Adolphus and Jeannette Bailey Cheek Scholarship Fund
Created by a group of alumni in 1999, the fund memorializes former headmaster Dolph Cheek, who served from 1936-51, and his wife, history teacher Jeannette Cheek. It provides a scholarship for an upper school student demonstrating financial need.
Established by past parent Reginald Taylor in the early 1960s, this fund provides financial assistance to an upper school student.
Tweeden-Dow Scholarship Fund
To honor his mother and the memory of Burton C. Dow and James P. Dow ’47, Harold Tweeden established this fund in 1997. The Fund supports a partial scholarship for a student in grades 7-12.
Walker Family Fund
Established in 1994 by past parent and former trustee Charles W. Walker ’31 and his family, this fund provides two partial scholarships.