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"The character and actions I saw in the Hudson Scholars probably embodied the mottoes “united we help one another,” “enter here to be and find a friend,” and “unreserved effort” as much or more than in any other group of students I saw in my thirteen years at Hackley. The program renewed my appreciation for learning and for the power of reaching out to forge connections with others." -- Julia S. '16

“The Scholars taught me so many lessons and bring a can-do spirit to their studies that inspires me to be a better student, teammate, and friend. Additionally, being a mentor to these scholars is simply a happy and rewarding experience as they are so teachable, grateful, and funny." -- Ellie G. '18

"This has by far been the best part of my summer. The Scholars are some of the most passionate kids I’ve ever met and I’m glad to have had the chance to spend two weeks with them." -- Amy C. '19


“I like how we get to learn and have fun at the same time” -- Yesfreily, Scholar '16

“Being a Hudson Scholar felt like a privilege because I felt like we all became a family.” -- Xiomara, Scholar '17

“My mom told me that it would be like school, but it is a lot more fun than school!”
-- Kayla, Scholar '17

"I make another best memory every day." -- Angel, Scholar '16

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  • Praise for Hudson Scholars

    I’m writing as a Hackley parent of the last 13 years, whose daughter became involved with Hudson Scholars last summer. The program is the most significant community service Hackley has offered in my experience, and its potential for creating goodwill with Hackley's neighbors and truly changing the lives of young people cannot be undervalued. Thank you for your initial and continued support of the program.
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School Life

Hudson Scholars

Hudson Scholars is a tuition free, dynamic four-week summer academic enrichment program for low-income middle school students from our local communities of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. The Program brings together Hackley teachers, Upper School volunteers, and the incredible Scholars for a meaningful and valuable experience.
Funded in part by restricted gifts from members of the Hackley community, the program includes challenging and engaging coursework in English, math, science, social studies, drama, art, and PE. In addition, the program emphasizes leadership skills while promoting values such as hard work, integrity, and community through a thoughtfully designed character education curriculum.

Each summer the program seeks to provide the approximately 15 Scholars with a meaningful, academic, enriching, and fun four-week experience. The opportunity helps prevent summer learning loss, inspires creativity and curiosity, fosters a culture of hard work and excellence, and in­stills values such as confidence, integrity, empathy, and resil­ience. At the same time, the program creates a close-knit and supportive community to which the Scholars and mentors feel closely connected.
The four-week program provides participating Scholars with a transformational experience that supports success in middle school and beyond. During the academic year, the Hudson Scholars program provides weekly tutoring sessions and monthly Saturday programming in an effort to provide ongoing academic support as well as to continue to strengthen the relationships and sense of community.

In addition to the Hudson Scholars core curriculum, some special events include an ice cream social with Scholar families, a technology day (coding, 3D printing, and geocaching), a trip to NYC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a cookout for the families, and an overnight camp-out for the Scholars on Hackley’s campus.

Hudson Scholars & Hackley Mentors

One of the most critical elements of the program is the incredible relationships that develop between the Scholars and the Hackley high school mentors. Having a role model who loves school, who is excited about learning, who has a variety of interests and passions, and who treats other people kindly and with respect is invaluable to the Scholars. The way in which the Scholars look up to the mentors is truly special.

Over the past two summers, over forty Hackley high school students (including some alums), volunteered their time to help with the summer program and even more volunteered to be involved during the school year. The relationships that form between the Scholars and the Hackley mentors are a unique and important - one, and one from which not only do the middle school Scholars benefit, but also the Hackley’s high school mentors.

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  • Grateful for Hudson Scholars

    The Hudson Scholars and Hackley's Upper School student mentors planned to join forces to help with the RiverWalk clean up in Tarrytown on November 17, but the previous day’s surprise snowstorm forced a change in plans.
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  • Passion Day at Hudson Scholars

    This summer, current Hackley students and young alumni introduced the Hudson Scholars to a wide range of activities they love.
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  • Hudson Scholars: Helping One Another To Be Good

    Perspectives Fall 2016-17 By Steve Bileca, Assistant Headmaster:  In 1904, Hackley’s First Headmaster, Theodore Chickering Williams, wrote that he had hoped to create a school “where it should be easy to be good.” Generations of Hackley students, teachers and families have felt drawn to the Hilltop by that beautiful aspiration ever since.
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