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The Montague Grant: A Great Summer Opportunity!

Jessica Day – May 15, 2019

Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, if you’re interested in doing some research and writing over the summer, don’t forget about the Montague Grant:

Through the generosity of Richard W. Montague ’52, Deerfield Academy is able to offer one student per year a grant of $1000 to support their research of one aspect, theme, or person directly related to the Academy (beginning in 1797), and examined through one or more of the following lenses: history of the village and the Academy’s connection to it, growth and expansion of the school, philosophy surrounding curriculum, the influences of modern-day founders Frank L. and Helen Childs Boyden on independent school education, or the purpose (and role) of independent schools (and more broadly, non-profit organizations).  

  • Proposals consisting of a research question and annotated bibliography are due by May 30 and may be submitted via email to
  • Completed (final) papers must be a minimum of 2000 words and a maximum of 3000, must follow the rules/characteristics of narrative nonfiction and/or expository nonfiction, and must be submitted to the Head of School’s office by August 31.

Additional information:

  • Students are required to use primary sources and are encouraged to use the Academy Archives in the course of their research. (The Deerfield Academy Archives contains a wide variety of material related to the history of the school, including manuscript collections, buildings and grounds files, publications, (including the Pictorial History and The Deerfield Reader, etc.) administrative records, student activities records, scrapbooks, and photographs. Some popular collections with Deerfield Academy classes include publications such as The Pocumtuck and The Deerfield Scroll, the Thomas W. Ashley Collection, the Buildings and Grounds Collection, the Helen Childs Boyden Collection, the Town of Deerfield Collection, and others. More information on archival collections may be found here. The Archives is open weekdays 8:30-4:30 to students, faculty, alumni, and other interested researchers; remote or distance research is possible but not recommended.