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Our Vision WE BELIEVE that connecting future American leaders with future “Honestly, she made me think leaders of other nations makes a substantial contribution toward about the majority of our texts in brand new ways, and increasing understanding and respect. International outreach I constantly found myself begins with individual relationships—relationships born taking notes on what she through a year of academic and cultural immersion designed would say, knowing that I to affect peers, teachers, friends, family members and business would use these notes in my teaching of the course associates for a lifetime. next year.” WE BELIEVE that now, more than ever, nurturing humane leaders “Every time I teach this course, there is at least one student through cross-cultural interchange affords a unique opportunity in my class who keeps me to influence the course of future world events in a positive honest. This year, it’s Carlota.” direction. “Truly, Carlota ranks among the very best of all of the students I have had the OUR MISSION opportunity to work with during my nearly 20 years at ASSIST creates life-changing opportunities Hotchkiss.” ASSIST is a nonprofit organization that works closely with American independent secondary Faculty members for outstanding international scholars to learn schools to achieve their global education and diversity objectives. We identify, match The Hotchkiss School and support academically talented, multilingual international students with our member Connecticut from and contribute to the finest American schools. During a one-year school stay, an ASSIST scholar-leader serves as a cultural ambassador actively participating in classes and extracurricular activities. Since 1969, 5,210 independent secondary schools. students from 52 nations, many underrepresented in independent school populations, have been matched with ASSIST member schools, of which we are quite proud. ASSIST is the only international exchange organization that works exclusively with NAIS member schools and that places all of its students on scholarship. It is through the generosity and support of member schools that ASSIST is able to offer life-changing experiences to some of the world’s most promising students.
ASSIST ALUMNI MAKE THEIR MARK ON THE WORLD TOP U.S. COLLEGE ENROLLMENT (4 OR MORE SCHOLARS) Harvard University 64 Brown University 8 Lafayette College 5 What is the ASSIST program? Columbia University University of Pennsylvania 28 24 University of Chicago Dartmouth College 8 8 Macalester College University of Richmond 5 5 Yale University 23 Vassar College 8 Wellesley College 5 Since 1969/70, 5,210 students from 52 countries have studied in New York University 23 Duke University 7 Wooster College 5 the United States as ASSIST Scholars at independent secondary Stanford University 20 Northwestern University 7 Bowdoin College 4 CARLOTA CORBELLA schools across the nation. Through our unique partnership with Univ. of California, Berkeley 18 Amherst College 6 Bryn Mawr College 4 Spain Princeton University 16 Univ. of California, LA 6 Colgate University 4 qualifying American independent secondary schools, which The Hotchkiss School offer scholarships to our students, international students have Mass. Inst. of Technology 13 University of Virginia 6 Cornell University 4 Connecticut Georgetown University 12 Bates College 5 Georgia Inst. of Technology 4 First Honors. Cross Country come to know one another and have formed relationships that John’s Hopkins University 10 Emory University 5 Northeastern University 4 Charles E. Berry Award; contribute to cross-cultural understanding. Mount Holyoke College 10 Furman University 5 University of Notre Dame 4 winner of the New England Independent schools in the U.S. participate in the Tufts University 9 Hamilton College 5 University of Washington 4 Division I Cross Country ASSIST program because we help them extend their reach to Championship and champion in the New England 3,000 new countries where they want to recruit in order to build a TOP U.K. COLLEGE ENROLLMENT (4 OR MORE SCHOLARS) meters. Astronomy Club, diverse student body. Schools remain loyal to ASSIST because University of Oxford 40 Warwick University 6 Saxophone Quartet, Outing of the outstanding contributions made by intelligent, motivated University of Cambridge 21 University of Edinburgh 5 Club, El Club (Spanish club), London School of Economics 19 London Business School 5 Woods Squad, and Club student ambassadors who are eager and equipped to make the University of London 11 King’s College 4 Swim. Lettered in Varsity very best use of this life-changing experience. Track & Field and in Varsity Cross Country. “After this year I feel more ready to face challenges with What are the benefits of membership? positivism and enthusiasm, to adapt to unexpected ASSIST scholars are top honors students with strong character situations, and to appreciate and extracurricular interests bringing unique global diversity to the richness of any culture. independent schools while being supported by an extraordinary Now I know that, regardless of where I end up, ASSIST leadership program. will have been key to my OUR SCHOLARS CHANGE THE CONVERSATION in your classrooms. future.” WE BRING UNIQUE GLOBAL DIVERSITY to your campus community. OUR SCHOLARS MAKE AN EXCEPTIONAL IMPACT across campus. ASSIST accepts only about 15% of the students who apply. More than 90% of our Scholars are honors students. ASSIST selects Scholars with strong extracurricular interests. “It has been our privilege to partner with ASSIST and the other ASSIST member schools for the past 50 years. We have had dozens of ASSIST scholars over the years who have each enriched our community in their own unique way. Given that our large and complex community and challenging program demand that the fit be optimal, it is comforting to know that ASSIST is identifying candidates for us who have the potential to be happy and successful during their time on our campus. I am impressed by the organization, professionalism, and precise method ology with which ASSIST goes about sourcing bright and motivated young people for this exceptional opportunity.” Jill Thompson, Director of Admission, Phillips Academy Andover 5
ASSIST COUNTRIES 2018/19 Australia Austria Bulgaria Cambodia Croatia Czech Republic Germany Hungary Lithuania Moldova Norway Palestine Poland Serbia Slovakia Somaliland Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Vietnam ASSIST MEMBER ALABAMA FLORIDA MARYLAND MICHIGAN NORTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE VIRGINIA Indian Springs School Bolles School Bryn Mawr School SCHOOLS University Liggett School Carolina Day School Girls Preparatory School Chatham Hall Saint Andrew’s School Friends School-Baltimore Christ School St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Episcopal High School 2018/19 CALIFORNIA Seacrest Country Day Garrison Forest School NEW HAMPSHIRE Salem Academy School Foxcroft School Chadwick School School St. Timothy’s School Derryfield School Webb School St. Catherine’s School Each ASSIST member Laguna Blanca School Trinity Preparatory School West Nottingham Academy Dublin School OHIO St. Christopher’s School school is a member of San Domenico School Kimball Union Academy Hawken School TEXAS Stuart Hall School NAIS (National Association GEORGIA MAINE Phillips Exeter Academy Laurel School Greenhill School Virginia Episcopal School of Independent Schools), CONNECTICUT Darlington School Hebron Academy St. Paul’s School The Hockaday School Woodberry Forest School subscribes to principles of The Ethel Walker School Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Kents Hill School PENNSYLVANIA St. Andrew’s Episcopal nondiscrimination, and is The Gunnery School Waynflete School NEW JERSEY George School School WASHINGTON accredited by an officially The Hotchkiss School Savannah Country Day The Lawrenceville School The Hill School St. John’s School Charles Wright Academy recognized evaluation Salisbury School School MASSACHUSETTS Peddie School Lancaster Country Day St. Mark’s School of Texas agency in the state or region Suffield Academy Belmont Hill School The Pennington School School WASHINGTON DC in which it is located. The Taft School ILLINOIS Berkshire School Linden Hall UTAH Sidwell Friends School Westminster School North Shore Country Day Deerfield Academy NEW MEXICO Perkiomen School Wasatch Academy St. Albans School School Miss Hall’s School Albuquerque Academy Westtown School The Waterford School DELAWARE Phillips Academy Andover Wyoming Seminary WISCONSIN St. Andrew’s School INDIANA Stoneleigh-Burnham School NEW YORK VERMONT Wayland Academy Tower Hill School Canterbury School The Masters School The Putney School The Stony Brook School
What are the membership criteria? Financing the Scholarship A school must meet the following requirements and ASSIST member schools utilize numerous models to finance the responsibilities to become a member school and to host ASSIST scholarship: BILYANA GEORGIEVA ASSIST Scholars: If the school has met its enrollment goal, the ASSIST Scholar FILIP FLENHAGEN Bulgaria Sweden ASSIST member schools must be fully accredited members of can be added “extra-budget,” as a non-matriculating, non- Greenhill School Belmont Hill School Texas the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). degree-seeking student. Massachusetts High honors. Outstanding Returning schools reenroll annually in the fall. After The ASSIST scholarship can be added as a separate line High Honors. Community Accomplishment in AP reenrollment, ASSIST sends membership invitations to item in the budget, as both revenue and expense, thereby service at Camp Starfish Statistics Award, Excellence prospective schools based on program capacity and on the emphasizing that the cost of the Scholar is revenue neutral (children with intellectual in Physics Book Award, disabilities). Member of projected size of the applicant pool. unless he or she is taking the place of a full-pay student. History Book Award, Theater Model UN and Chinese Clubs Award, and Dance Award. Each member school pays an annual membership fee, which The school can identify a generous donor willing to fund and wrote for the student Cross-country team, dance provides access to all ASSIST programs and support. In or endow the scholarship; someone who is interested in newspaper. Acted in the company, spring musical. 2019/20, the annual fee is $775. promoting diversity and international engagement. Senior-directed play. Lettered in Varsity Golf and Varsity “My ASSIST year broadened Member schools offer at least one full scholarship and reserve The scholarship can be included in the school’s overall Soccer. Honorable mention my perspective in so many a place for an international student identified and placed by financial aid budget. by the Independent School ways and helped me define ASSIST. The scholarship must include: With an increasing emphasis on net tuition revenue among League Council for contribu myself as an individual. I met tions to the Belmont Hill so many wonderful people — tuition, room and board for a boarding student; or NAIS schools, ASSIST schools are increasingly requesting soccer team and Second whom I now call my second — tuition and a volunteer host family for a day student. partial scholarship students and envisioning the delegation as Team All-ISL Soccer selection. family, and I know this wouldn’t have been possible With guidance from ASSIST, schools recruit and steward a group that contributes genuine revenue to the budget. “Being a part of the ASSIST without this exchange.” volunteer host families for each student. program allowed me to Scholarships are offered for one year only, after which each explore and learn from a foreign culture; furthermore, Scholar must return home to complete his or her secondary my ASSIST year helped me education and to share what was learned and experienced. understand who I am and what I believe in.” How to apply for membership Applications for school membership are accepted throughout CONTACT Marty Milne the year. Invitations to join the program are extended in Vice President the fall for the following academic year as space becomes 860-668-5706 available. Please contact Marty Milne if your school is firstname.lastname@example.org interested in joining ASSIST or in learning about becoming involved in ASSIST chapter activities in your area.
Frequently asked questions CAN SCHOOLS CHOOSE THEIR FULL SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT’S HOME COUNTRY? The school may select and rank up to five preferred sending about ASSIST countries. ASSIST staff will use this list as part of our matching process during school placement. HOW ARE THE SCHOLARS SELECTED? ASSIST conducts annual JANNIS STÖTER Germany scholarship competitions in each of our partner countries. WHERE DO STUDENTS STAY WHEN ATTENDING A DAY SCHOOL, OR DURING Woodberry Forest School ASSIST Scholars are selected based on academic record, level of BREAKS WHEN ATTENDING A BOARDING SCHOOL? ASSIST works with Virginia English proficiency, their ability to contribute to their American member schools to develop successful and proven strategies Walker Scholar. Princeton schools, and their instinct to share their culture. Book Club Award. Lettered for host family recruitment. Students live with families for in Varsity Soccer and Varsity extended periods of time in day schools, or for shorter periods Diving. Varsity Baseball WHY IS ASSIST A ONE-YEAR PROGRAM? This policy makes ASSIST a during boarding school breaks. Assistant Coach. International true exchange program. Upon their return home, our alumni Forum, acting and directing share with family, fellow students and teachers, and their class. Cast member in WHY MAY STUDENTS NOT RETURN HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS? As both fall and spring plays; took friends what they have learned: about themselves, about an educational and a cultural immersion program, we know vocal lessons; arranged for American society and culture, and about becoming a global through experience that significant growth and learning takes Holocaust survivor Esther citizen. This expands the impact of the program beyond the Bauer to address the school. place with host families. Having the opportunity to spend individual experience of one student. relaxed time with American host families, and to participate in “With ASSIST I embarked on a journey unprecedented in my important holiday traditions, enriches a student’s experience DO ASSIST SCHOLARS NEED ESL SUPPORT? No. ASSIST Scholars have life. I learned how to look out immeasurably. for opportunity, where to find a high level of English proficiency, as measured by the ELTiS. it, and how to take advantage Not having to focus on language acquisition allows our students WHAT ARE REGIONAL CHAPTERS? Regional chapters of ASSIST have of it. I realized how much to enroll in honors and AP courses—and to have the time to potential there is in the world been established to develop interest in and to further support and comprehended what it pursue extracurricular talents and passions. the mission of ASSIST among schools clustered geographically. means to think critically.” Chapter leaders organize and host events to connect IN WHICH GRADE ARE THE SCHOLARS ENROLLED? The majority of ASSIST Scholars, host families, school representatives, alumni and Scholars are enrolled in the 11th grade at their American friends of ASSIST. schools; a smaller number are enrolled in the 10th or 12th grades or as postgraduates. HOW CAN THE SCHOOL QUALIFY FOR A PARTIAL PAY/PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT? After a school has accepted one student on full scholar “We have hosted a total of three ASSIST students during our ship, ASSIST is generally able to provide another carefully daughter’s high school years. They are Laura from Zaragoza, selected Scholar whose family is able to pay approximately half of the tuition. This option is especially attractive to schools Spain, Paula from Madrid, Spain, and Lea from Düsseldorf, that anticipate enrollment openings and wish to diversify their Germany. Each student has been absolutely outstanding, and population with international students, particularly those from our only regret is that our daughter has now graduated, so we countries beyond a school’s usual reach. A number of schools will not be hosting a fourth.” now offer multiple partial scholarships. — The Smith Family, Chadwick School, California
ASSIST BY THE NUMBERS 2018/19 What School Heads are Saying 200+ Number of American 21 Countries $64,449 Top scholarship families who will host represented by the awarded D. SCOTT LOONEY ASSIST Scholars Class of 2018/19 in 2018/19 Head of School Hawken School, Ohio “I have been working with ASSIST for almost 25 years, at two different schools, and have been thrilled with the caliber of student they provide, and the personalized approach they take to making sure each student/school match is good. Hawken is deeply enriched $6.4 5,210 by having the ASSIST students provide a global perspective both in THE SELECTION FUNNEL the classroom and in our co-curricular program. I can’t imagine our school without the benefit of the ASSIST students.” MILLION Scholarships awarded in 2018/19 1,195 Applicants Number of ASSIST alumni 604 ANDREW T. WATSON Head of School Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico Interviews “Over the years, so many lives have been changed through the 175 ASSIST program here, both for the arriving students and for those on campus who live and learn with them. And then, years later, I find adults in the front hall of the administration building nostalgically looking at our history panels, quick to tell me that ‘I 96% Percentage of Scholars ASSIST Scholars 49 Years of 15% was an exchange student here in 1988, and it shaped my life forever.’ on the honor or high operation What a great program!” honor rolls in 2017/18 Selectivity CHARLES C. CAHN III Headmaster Suffield Academy, Connecticut “Suffield has had a long and historic relationship with ASSIST. Our ASSIST students have enhanced our community through their 1 $970,478 100s investment in all parts of school life and through their hard work and kind spirit. ASSIST is well run and responsive to the needs of FAMILY Philanthropic Worldwide A worldwide clan support volunteers who make schools, students and families.” including Scholars, alumni, in 2017/18 the program go parents, host families, teachers, donors, volunteers and friends
Leadership of ASSIST ASSIST Board of Directors ASSIST is also fortunate to have a worldwide network of volunteers. Through the ROBERT A. STANLEY, JR., President STEPHANIE M. MCQUEEN, Director of Board of Directors, ASSIST extends its reach through the active participation of (appointed 2000) Development (2017) alumni, alumni parents and friends around the globe. Mr. Stanley served in Ms. McQueen has served as American independent a development professional RICHARD P. HALL C. JOSEPH GOULD CECILIE ROHWEDDER-HORVATH ’85 schools for 13 years and has previous at Trinity College, Wesleyan University Chair of the Board Asst. Head of School for The Orme School, AZ experience in the corporate world. and Kingswood Oxford School. She is Head of School Emeritus, External Affairs Emeritus, St. Journalist He is a graduate of Suffield Academy, a graduate of Assumption College and Washington International George’s School, RI The Wall Street Journal, DC School, DC Brown University and Yale University Trinity College. ULRICH GRAEBNER ’84 J. WOOD RUTTER Divinity School. ANDREW C. PILARO Deerfield Academy, MA Headmaster Emeritus, Beaufort ANNE STANLEY, Director of School and Vice Chair of the Board Managing Director, Leonardo & Academy, SC J. MARTIN MILNE, Vice President (2009) Family Relations (2000) Vice Chairman, CAP Advisers Co., Germany Anne was Vice President of Limited, NY INGRID H. SAVAGE Mr. Milne served in PAMELA HAERING HP’16 Seattle, WA independent schools in the ASSIST 2000–2009. In 2013, PAMELA M. THYE Former Host Parent she returned as Director of School and ROBERT A. STANLEY, JR. (EX OFFICIO) United States and abroad for Vice Chair of the Board Chadwick School, CA Greenwich, CT President, ASSIST 13 years and is a graduate of Eaglebrook Family Relations to introduce prospective SEAN T. HARRIS ’95 schools to membership, steward current CATHERINE M. TINSLEY School, Deerfield Academy, St. Lawrence ANDREW WOODEN St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Vice Chair of the Board School, TN. Director, Christian Washington, DC University and State University of New school relationships and travel overseas Head of School, The Buckley Birkenstock Consulting GmbH, GRACE TOMPKINS York Albany. to interview prospective students. She is a School, CA Germany; Chair, Friends of Friend of ASSIST, McLean, VA graduate of Syracuse University. ASSIST, Germany ROBERT FLEISHMAN MEERA VISWANATHAN, PHD Treasurer of the Board JOHN L. HEYL Head of School, Ethel Walker Partner Emeritus, Steptoe & Former Senior Vice President School, CT U.S.-based Staff and Volunteers Johnson, DC for Development, Center for Strategic and International LOUISA ZENDT In the U.S., a professional staff of twelve supports ASSIST Scholars from selection and HELIS ZULIJANI-BOYE ’00 Former Director of Studies, DC placement through their exchange year. Each member school appoints an ASSIST Secretary of the Board Admission and Financial Aid, Cranbrook Schools, MI JOHN A. KAZICKAS St. Andrew’s School, DE Representative to liaise among Scholars, faculty members, host families and natural Vice President for Private General Director and Secretary, families. ASSIST Scholars enjoy extraordinary support throughout their initial exchange Equity, Soros Fund The Kazickas Family Foundation, experience and, increasingly, as alumni and members of the worldwide ASSIST Family. Management, NY NY DAVID M. DIAMOND MIRELLA LANG ’96 ASSIST is a nonprofit organization with ASSIST Overseas Leaders President, David Diamond St. Mark’s School, MA tax-exempt status incorporated in Vermont. Associates, NY Managing Director, Business ASSIST is designated by the United States In addition to staff in ASSIST’s international headquarters in Suffield, CT, the Development, AQR Capital JOHN R. EIDAM Department of State as an authorized Management, NY organization maintains a part-time employee or volunteer leader in 21 countries. Our Former Dean of Admission, Exchange Visitor Program. ASSIST is able to facilitate the issuance of the J-1 visa under colleagues promote the program, prescreen candidates, prepare and orient the students, Wyoming Seminary, PA ROBERT H. MATTOON, JR., PHD which our students study in the U.S. for one and provide support during the placement year. They keep ASSIST abreast of important Former Co-Head of School, academic year on Exchange Visitor status. PETER A. FREW Avenues, The World School, NY national trends and serve both ASSIST and member schools as liaisons to families Director of Admission, The Taft ASSIST does not discriminate, nor does it throughout the exchange year. School, CT GEORGE PATTERSON ’94 condone harassment on the basis of gender, Northfield Mount Hermon race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, School, MA. Managing Director disability, age, sexual orientation or any & Head of Tech. Inv. Banking other basis proscribed by applicable policies or laws. NA, HSBC, NY
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