This year, Canterbury introduced academic merit scholarships. These scholarships are offered to two-three well-qualified, high-achieving applicants who meet academic and leadership criteria each year. The recipients earn a reduced tuition discount, but they also earn the honor of recognition for exceptional academic performance and character.  

The 2020-21 academic merit scholarship winners are: 

Eloise Schad, grade 11


Rylee Mueller, grade 7

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Eloise is a returning Upper School student with a 4.58 GPA. This is her fifth year at Canterbury, and she is known for her positive attitude and school spirit! She is actively involved in theatre and stage management, Animal Advocates Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Thespians, the Student Diversity Leadership Coalition, Upper School Student Government,and more.

Eloise is a true leader among students, has a very strong reputation among faculty and staff, and embodies Canterbury's Portrait of a Graduate.

“Winning this scholarship is such an honor, and the timing couldn’t have been better. This year has been a challenge for everyone, and I’m glad I could help my family out while staying at Canterbury.” –Eloise Schad, Grade 11

"“Eloise participates actively in student life, but she is equally as engaged in her academic pursuits, as well. In all that she does, her passion shines through. Indeed, Eloise is bright, cheery, engaged, thoughtful, and kind. She is an excellent example of a Canterbury Crusader in that she has a strong work ethic and varied interests while also possessing an unfailing compassion for others.”  –Molly Smith, Student Life Coordinator


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Rylee Mueller is a new student this year coming to us from a Pinellas County school. She has a high GPA and has been very active in volleyball community, both club and school. When she's not at school, she plays beach volleyball and even earned MVP status for her team.

Rylee enjoys art, singing, and acting. She's made many new friends at Canterbury this year, joined both the volleyball and basketball teams, and is already standing out as an excellent student. Rylee has proven that she is a natural born leader by assisting with the volleyball summer camp last summer.

"The merit scholarship has helped our family tremendously! Rylee was given an opportunity we otherwise could not have provided her. Rylee has never been happier to be at school with the amazing and helpful teachers and staff. They provide all the tools to not only succeed but thrive in this environment. We are very pleased and extremely grateful to be a part of this community." –Courtney, mother

"Rylee has been a great addition to the Canterbury family, especially the 7th grade. She fits right in with her strict work ethic and athletic abilities. She has found a great group of friends, and you would never know that she was the "new girl". She has a very positive outlook and is a delight to have in class." –Alicia Petit, Middle School Math Teacher

Learn more about our Academic Merit Scholarships!