Tempe Prep Grads Offered $11 Million in College Scholarships

Tempe Prep Grads Offered $11 Million in College Scholarships

Congratulations to Tempe Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2019 graduating with over 7,140 hours of volunteer service in the community and $11 million in scholarship offers to a wide variety of over 90 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Dartmouth College, University of California at Berkeley, Brandeis University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Clara University, Honors Colleges at University of Arizona and Arizona State University, and many more public and private institutions.

With the foundation of Tempe Prep’s nationally recognized liberal arts education, Tempe Prep’s 50 new graduates are ready to embark on a wide variety of academic endeavors, from studies in Chemical Engineering to Nursing to Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies.

Fourteen Tempe Prep seniors received over $300,000 each in scholarship offers. Seven seniors received over $500,000 each. And two seniors received over $1 million each in scholarship offers.


But perhaps the most meaningful “statistic” for the Class of 2019, as they embark to make the world a better place, is their service in our community–both locally with organizations such as Project C.U.R.E., Teen Court, and the City of Tempe’s Public Library, and throughout the world, such as in Mexico, Spain and Thailand. The 50 members of the Class of 2019 have volunteered over 7,140 hours of service in the community!


All Tempe Prep graduates also completed and defended their Senior Thesis. The Senior Thesis Defense is the culminating project for a Tempe Preparatory Academy student. At the end of the junior year, Tempe Prep students select a field of inquiry from the curriculum—literature, philosophy, math, science, the arts—and then read three or four substantial primary texts to examine in preparation for writing a 15-20 page analytical paper. At its core, the thesis is an exploration of one of the “Six Great Ideas” of humanity summarized as Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Justice, Liberty, and Equality. Students discuss texts in small group seminars composed of students, faculty, staff, and board members, and work individually with a faculty member on the paper. After submitting the paper in the second semester, the senior then publicly defends the thesis before a three-member panel of faculty reviewers and the community at large. 


The Senior Thesis program is for seniors to demonstrate their mastery of the essential skills central to the TPA curriculum: close reading, analytical writing, and Socratic discussion. The program has an important additional purpose to strengthen the TPA community through school-wide discussions of great ideas and texts that enhance the intellectual life of our population. The Senior Thesis program also prepares Tempe Prep students to excel in college and in honors programs that include a thesis requirement.


The valedictory address was given by Peter Surin, one of Tempe Prep’s National Merit Finalists, who received over $1.3 million in scholarship offers and will be attending Dartmouth College in the Ivy League.


National Merit Finalists include Bryce Klasssen, Zane Pautzke, and Peter Surin, who have each been inducted into Tempe Prep’s Academic Hall of Fame. Additional National Merit scholars include Alec Mitchell, Jacqueline Kirk, Alec Wait, and Steven Veenstra as National Merit Commended Scholars; and Amy Pennington, Alec Mitchell, and Jacqueline Kirk as National Hispanic Scholars.

Sarah Goodykoontz received Tempe Prep’s Renaissance Scholar Award.

Nicholas Hudson and Morgan Cryder were named Tempe Prep Athletic Knights of the Year and Morgan Cryder was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Morgan Cryder received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal for extraordinary accomplishments and over 400 hours of meaningful service in the community.  

Morgan Cryder was also named the AIA Female Student of the Year among student athletes from all divisions of large and small schools in the state of Arizona for her exceptional involvement in her school and greater communities and accomplishments as a three-sport athlete in soccer, cheer, and track and field.

Three graduates will be playing college sports: Griffin Bodow will be playing baseball at Brandeis University in Boston, Carter Brown will be playing baseball at Coventry College in Georgia, and Savannah Jaime will be playing volleyball at New Hope Christian College in Oregon.

Along with scholarships from colleges and universities, the graduates also received many private scholarships. Samuel DiCaro received a Tempe Diablos Scholarship. DeAnna Diaz and Caleb Brittain received Tempe Industrial Development Authority Scholarships. Abbi Harb received a National Honor Society scholarship for her contributions to the school and greater community. And Nile Vanood received the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award.

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