Townsend Scholarship

The Joseph Townsend Merit Scholarship is a 50% grant toward tuition costs and is awarded annually to two new students applying to Friends School for grades 9 or 10. This scholarship is renewable for the duration of their enrollment at Friends School.

The Joseph Townsend Merit Scholarship honors the legacy of Joseph Townsend, who in 1784 founded the Friends School of Baltimore. Townsend was an educational leader, humanitarian, and visionary who left his mark across the city of Baltimore. In addition to being the School’s first teacher, he founded the Maryland Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, the first anti-slavery society in Maryland and the fourth in the nation. 

Applicants considered for a Townsend Merit Scholarship will:

  • Be a new applicant for admission to Friends Upper School for grades 9 or 10.

  • Demonstrate a proven record of strong academic achievement through current academic transcripts and ISEE scores.

  • Share talents and passions that will contribute positively to the Upper School community.

  • Exemplify personal values consistent with the mission and testimonies of Friends School. 

The Townsend Award Committee will determine the list of semifinalists by the end of January. All semifinalists will be invited to an on-campus interview event in early February.

Application for 2024-25 School Year Joseph Townsend Merit Scholarship