Edward J. Molloy

Literacy and Community Scholarship

Ed Molloy, a Yale University graduate of 1954, passed away in 2014 at the age of 81. After starting his career and family in Maine in 1967 where he spent more than half of his life in Yarmouth, home of the WHILDE programs.

Ed was a lifelong volunteer in his communities, dedicating his time to various organizations such as the Reiche Community School, Portland Public Library, and Literacy Volunteers of America. He was a regular at the Yarmouth Memorial Library, where he indulged in his favorite pastime of reading and sharing his love of literature with younger children.

Ed's infectious smile, hearty laugh, and kind nature made him a beloved member of his community. It is with great honor that we award this scholarship in his memory, knowing that two deserving literary students will benefit from the WHILDE programs.

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The Edward J. Molloy Literacy

and Community Scholarship

The WHILDE School is pleased to announce that it will award two merit-based partial scholarships for the OUR HOUSE Program during the 2023/2024 academic year.

These scholarships will cover $7,000 of the tuition costs for each recipient.

We are searching for students with a deep passion for literacy and community involvement. This Scholarship has been specifically designed to attract students who will significantly benefit from our program's unique opportunities and resources. We encourage all eligible candidates to apply, as we eagerly anticipate the submission of amazing essays and stories.

We understand that the cost of education can be a significant burden for many families, and we are committed to providing opportunities for deserving students to pursue their academic goals. The OUR HOUSE Program is an exceptional program that offers a unique and enriching educational experience. We are thrilled to be able to provide these scholarships to help make our program more accessible to students.

To be considered for the Scholarship, applicants must meet specific criteria and complete the application process by the deadline. We encourage all eligible students to apply for this incredible opportunity.

At the WHILDE School, we are dedicated to providing a Whole Child Education that prepares students for success in all aspects of life. We believe every student deserves the chance to pursue their dreams, and we are proud to support them in their journey.

Our Vision: The two scholarships will be rewarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional skills, passion, and perseverance in reading, writing, and community engagement. We aim to identify two highly motivated students who have overcome significant obstacles or achieved remarkable success in pursuing their interests and goals within community service and literacy.

We believe Whole Child Education is the key to unlocking a brighter future for many. We are committed to supporting students who share our passion for learning and making a positive impact in their communities. By providing these scholarships, we hope to inspire and empower the next generation of students to pursue their dreams and make a difference in their communities.

If you are a student who has a passion for reading, writing, and community service and have faced challenges or triumphs in pursuing your goals, we encourage you to apply for these scholarships. We look forward to hearing your story and supporting you on your journey toward success.

CRITERIA:      To be eligible, the applicants must:

  • For the Recent/Current Student Scholarship:
    • Be a current or past student of the WHILDE School OUR HOUSE or Virtually WHILDE program.
    • Must be entering grades 3 through grades 12 starting in Sept 2023
  • For the New Student Scholarship:
    • Must be entering grades 3 through grades 12 starting in Sept 2023
    • A student who has not attended the WHILDE School OUR HOUSE or Virtually WHILDE program in the past. This includes any student that participated in any of the Learning With Fun programs.
    • Must apply and be accepted into the OUR HOUSE program before 5:00 pm EST on May 29th, 2023.
  • The Student/Applicant:  To be considered for this opportunity, the applicants must submit a handwritten or typed paper or a video showcasing how they embody our vision's characteristics. (submission instructions below) We seek submissions that come straight from the heart and demonstrate a genuine passion for literacy and community involvement. We encourage students to share how a particular book or piece of literature has inspired them and how that experience has impacted their lives. Additionally, we would like to know what steps they have taken or plan to take to improve their community.  If a student needs help to complete the written or video submission, we welcome parents to present the information in their child's voice. The more you express, the better.

  • The Applicant's Parents/Guardian must submit a 300+ word paper detailing how they and their family collectively support their child's academic and learning pursuits. (submission instructions below) This paper should outline their plans for involvement with their child at WHILDE and their intentions for supporting the school's program.

    We kindly ask parents to consider their child's educational journey and how they can contribute to their success. This essay is an opportunity for parents to showcase their commitment to their child's education and willingness to collaborate with the school to ensure their child's academic growth.

    We look forward to reading each essay and understanding how we can work together to provide our students with the best possible educational experience.

  • All scholarship applications are due by 5:00 pm EST on May 26, 2023.
  • The WHILDE School Board will carefully review all scholarship applications and cast their votes accordingly. The applicants for each Scholarship who receive the majority vote from the WHILDE School Board of Directors will be selected as the deserving recipients of the scholarships. The chosen recipients will be notified on June 3rd.


  • Please complete the pertinent information and submit the required papers or videos using the online form.  Submissions can be copied/pasted or uploaded within the form.  Any incomplete application will be considered null and void.
  • The application can be mailed to:  The WHILDE School, 25 Yarmouth Crossing Drive, Yarmouth, Maine 04096.  The mailed application must arrive at The WHILDE School before the deadline.
  • For both options, the online form can be found at this link:

    Scholarship recipients, please take note of the following fine print:

You will have two weeks to formally accept the scholarship upon award notification. This requires a signed agreement and a $1,000 non-refundable deposit.

If WHILDE School does not receive a response from the scholarship recipient or the recipient declines the Scholarship in writing, the Scholarship will be offered to the runner-up for the Scholarship. The runner-up family will then have two weeks to formally accept the Scholarship.

The tuition balance for scholarship recipients will be $7,500 and may be paid in three installment options/timelines, just like full-paying families. The options are paying in full for $6,900, making three payments for $7,200 ($2,400 each), or making nine payments of $834 each.  See tuition rates and payment plans on the WHILDE Schools website.  (

Please note that the Scholarship cannot be redeemed for cash or any other means of payment other than to subsidize the tuition for the OUR HOUSE program.

We understand that the financial aspect of education can be daunting, but we hope these scholarship opportunities will help alleviate some of that burden. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at

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