Malone Family Foundation Scholarships

Malone Scholarships open doors to opportunity for students entering grades 7-9

In May 2012, Riverstone International School was selected by the Malone Family Foundation to fund scholarships for students who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence and whose families demonstrate financial need. The Foundation has established these scholarships to provide an opportunity for students to reap the benefits of attending a private independent school who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

The amount of the scholarship will vary according to the family’s financial need as determined by the financial award process. These scholarships are renewable through graduation and do not need to be repaid.

Riverstone is honored to be the only school in Idaho — and one of only 50 in the country — to have been chosen as a Malone Family Foundation School.

What Malone Scholars say about their Riverstone experience

“At Riverstone I found my dream school. The students all want to be here, they want to learn and get really excited about topics.  I have learned more than I even thought I would, taken classes I always dreamed of taking (World Religions, Biology, Theory of Knowledge…) and met people from around the world. Doors have been opened for me at Riverstone that I didn’t even know existed.”  ~S Class of 2015

“Being a Malone Scholar at Riverstone has impacted my life by allowing me to pursue my personal academic interests in school with advisor support. Through Riverstone’s vast array of academic and outdoor opportunities, I have learned to be open to the possibilities that life may bring. The diversity that Riverstone offers helps me to see the world in multiple lights and grasp a clearer understanding of my purpose and the world, which will help me better serve my community and the greater world around us.”  ~M Class of 2015

Who should apply?

Students who are applying to Riverstone International School for admission to grades 7–9 and meet the following criteria may apply for Malone Scholarships:

  1. Must be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Must be entering grades 7-9;
  3. Show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence, evidenced by grade reports and test scores; and
  4. Demonstrate financial need to qualify for funding of at least 30 percent of tuition through Riverstone International School’s need-based tuition assistance process.

What is the application process for Malone scholarships?

If your child is entering grade 7-9, and you would like them to be considered for a Malone Scholarship, please complete the following:

    1. The Riverstone International School online application and admissions process, including the Malone Family Foundation Scholarship Application.
    2. The Riverstone International School tuition assistance process.

Finalists will be invited for a personal interview.

Applications for the upcoming school year should be completed by March 15. Applications may be accepted at later times at the discretion of the Director of Enrollment Management and Administration.

How much of a scholarship can your child receive?

Malone Scholars are eligible to renew scholarships from their first year at Riverstone through graduation. The amount of the scholarship award will vary according to the family’s financial need as determined by the tuition assistance award process. Students may receive a full tuition scholarship but some may not.

To qualify for a Malone Scholarship, a family must demonstrate a minimum of at least 30 percent need.

How was Riverstone International School selected as a Malone Scholars Program recipient?

As Idaho’s only Malone Scholar Program recipient, Riverstone International School was selected for this designation on the basis of our academic caliber, the quality of our staff, excellent accommodations for gifted and talented students, strong academic and enrichment programs, as well as attention to the individual student’s needs, interests and talents. Malone network schools are selected through a rigorous research process; the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. There are 49 Malone Scholar Schools across the country. For more information about the Malone Family Foundation, visit

Why was the Malone scholarship created?

The Malone Family Foundation was founded in 1997 by Dr. John C. Malone, well-known communications and media executive and investor, and his family, with one principal objective: to improve access to a quality education — particularly at the secondary school level — for extraordinary students who lack the financial resources to best develop their talents.

While in seventh grade, John Malone was the recipient of a work scholarship to Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, CT. This opportunity proved to be pivotal in his life, providing him with “a peer group with whom I could have fascinating and pivotal discussion, an environment where I was not only allowed to be smart but was challenged to see many sides of each issue…”