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Jacob Mauro of Shirley is an Applewild School scholar and recipient of an AppleCore Scholarship.

AppleCore Scholarships, which renew annually, are awarded to students who show academic promise and good citizenship, reflecting the school’s Core Values.

Jacob, now an eighth-grader in his third year at the school, is receiving counseling in secondary school placement, whether he chooses a public, parochial or independent school for grades 9-12. He has proved to be an accomplished student as well as a good citizen.

Dawn Lambert, Jacob’s mother, feels that the decision to send him to Applewild was, “… the best decision I have ever made. The first day I walked into Applewild I knew this was the place for Jacob. The moment we interacted with staff … we felt at home. The teachers truly love teaching and you can see it in their faces and feel it in their kindness. They open their arms to all the students and their families. I only wish we came to the school sooner. As for the financial aid and scholarship, Jacob has been blessed to get both. Do not let price steer you away from this school. There are options out there to help with the cost.”

Jacob is also the son of Andrew Mauro of Leominster.

In addition to merit-based scholarships, Applewild offers financial aid to qualified families based on demonstrated financial need. Beginning in the current school year, the school launched its Affordability Initiative, which features an enhanced formula for awarding financial aid, making it more available to middle income families.

The school holds three major Open Houses each year for families interested in Kindergarten through grade 8. The next Open House is on Jan. 24. In addition to that event, interested parents can come to the monthly “Take a Look” mornings on the first Thursday of each month, to see students and teachers in action. The next “Take a Look” mornings are Jan. 8 (second Thursday) and Feb. 5.

More information at, email at or by calling 978-342-6053 ext. 110.

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