DURHAM — From the Independent Day School to Xavier High School, Durham’s own Andrew Foster is blazing the trail toward a bright future.
On Friday, Jan. 10, Xavier High School named Foster and 14 other eighth grade boys Ryken Scholars as they became members of Xavier’s class of 2024. The Ryken Scholarship is only awarded to those who have scored between the 95th and 99th percentile in the High School Placement Test, which is used by private schools nationally.
“I chose Xavier because the academics are really good,” said Foster. “I toured the school and I really liked the community there.”
Scholarships are renewable for four years for students who both manage to maintain a 3.25 GPA or above and take honors classes while in attendance.
“We were delighted to hear that Andrew received a scholarship,” said Foster’s mother, Christine. “That added bonus was a nice thing for him.”
The all-boys Catholic school also touts an impressive record of nearly 10,000 alumni who have gone on to study at Penn State, Fordham, Providence, Quinnipiac and Roger Williams, according to their website.
“Ryken Scholars are named in honor of the founder of the Xaverian Brothers, Theodore James Ryken,” said Brendan Donohue, principal of Xavier High School. “The young men who have earned distinction as Ryken Scholars are challenged to honor his memory by holding true to that mission. We are very proud of these scholarship winners of Class of 2024 and look forward to their continued success throughout their Xavier careers.”