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Woodlawn School Announces First Recipient of Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship

by | Oct 28, 2021

Woodlawn School, an independent PreK-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, has named Jayden Crowell, the son of Michele Crowell of Davidson, as its first recipient of the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship, which is awarded to one 9th grade student applicant each year.

(l to r) Don Bowman, Jayden Crowell, and Carolyn Bowman

Mr. Don Bowman created the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship to honor the life, values, and love of learning held by his late wife, Mrs. Mayre Jorges Bowman. Mrs. Bowman’s life embodied the values and ideals expressed in Woodlawn’s mission; she was known for her compassion, tolerance, and respect for others. She was a lifelong learner who cultivated in her children those habits of mind – intellectual curiosity, diligence, and the search for truth – that are essential elements of independent lifelong learning.

“Jayden Crowell is a fantastic student who represents everything Woodlawn stands for, understands the meaning of hard work, the importance of learning, and the impact of kindness,” said Elizabeth Obando, Upper School History teacher and member of the faculty selection committee.

“I am very honored to have this scholarship… As a lifelong learner, I have learned many important things, and I have yet to learn more than I could ever imagine,” said Jayden Crowell, winner of the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship. “At Woodlawn School, we embrace the power of “Yet.” It embodies what a true lifelong learner knows and becomes; curiosity of mind keeps us growing, adapting, and evolving.”


Woodlawn is an independent, nonprofit school founded in 2002 and accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Woodlawn offers a challenging, project-based academic experience while encouraging students to experiment, evolve, and grow into the people they were meant to be. Woodlawn is located on a 61-acre scenic campus one mile north of Davidson College, easily accessible from Interstate 77 and the surrounding Lake Norman communities.

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