Wallach Family Military Scholarship

The Hill School is seeking qualified Wallach Family Military Scholarship applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Learn more about this opportunity and our past and current Wallach Family Military Scholars below.

Marshall Wallach ’61, along with his wife, Diane, and sons, Marshall ’05, Forbes ’07, and Clark, established the Wallach Family Military Scholarship in 2016. This annual need-based scholarship can cover up to 100 percent of each student recipient’s demonstrated need and is intended for a highly qualified student who is the child of an active duty officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. Read more about the generosity of the Wallach Family and The Hill's first Wallach Family Military Scholar Amelia Sniffin '19.
Wallach was motivated by his patriotism; by a desire to increase understanding between the civilian and military sectors of U.S. society; and by his belief that students who have been exposed to the life-broadening experience of growing up as the children of career officers will enrich the entire Hill community.

Qualifications for the Wallach Family Military Scholarship

The Scholarship may cover room, board, tuition, books, academic-related travel expenses such as those incurred for experiential learning opportunities, and other required educational costs such as computer purchases. At least one parent of each Military Scholarship student must be an active duty commissioned officer with not less than 10 years of continuous active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. However, the 10-year minimum can be waived if the student’s parent died in the line of duty. The student is qualified to receive the Wallach Family Military Scholarship throughout his or her years of study at The Hill if certain criteria are met annually.
The Hill School is urging alumni, parents, and friends to help spread the word about this distinctive opportunity. Community members who know military families or who have helpful contacts through the U.S. Military network are urged to share such information with Tom Eccleston IV ’87 P'19 '21, Hill’s assistant headmaster for enrollment management, at Tom also can answer specific questions regarding student and family qualification and selection guidelines. Additional information also appears here. The application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Meet The Hill School's Wallach Family Military Scholars

I am excited to be part of such a fantastic community, supported by kind and helpful faculty members, where I can thrive. I want to learn and grow, and The Hill really allows me to do just that. I am grateful to the Wallach family for this opportunity to achieve so much more than I would have if I hadn’t come to Hill.

Emily Fairfield '22

Female student smiling and standing outside on Hill's campus

Emily Fairfield '22 arrived at The Hill in the fall of 2018 as a third form student and our second Wallach Family Military Scholar. She joined the cross country team and has made personal records with the help of her coaches She plans to participate in winter track and is most excited to join the crew team in the spring. She also will help with the Operation Smile Club. Emily's father is a Colonel in the U.S. Army which is a challenging, yet rewarding life for children. Emily has lived in eight different states and attended nine different schools throughout her life. Without the Wallach Family Military Scholarship, Emily would have to attend three different high schools, including starting over at a new school as a senior. The scholarship gives Emily stability in her life, academics, and sports.

Alex '23 and Kyle '22 Murray

Two male students standing near football field
We are deeply grateful to the Wallach family for the opportunity to be at Hill.”

Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, Kyle ’22 and Alex ’23 Murray have had the typical path of military children moving from place to place throughout their lives.  Their father, Kevin, is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is a Colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps and currently is the director for science and technology for the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Va. The Murray brothers and their family have lived in seven cities and the boys have attended six schools. The boys and their parents, Kevin and Maria, are excited for them to put down roots at Hill and take advantage of all Hill has to offer.

Both Kyle and Alex hold black belts in Tae Kwon Do and play football for Hill.  Kyle also plays the trombone in Jazz Ensemble and is interested in physics, history, and mathematics.  Alex also wrestles and has brought with him to Hill a deep interest in history and the military.

 Amelia Sniffin '19

I am so grateful for the Wallach Family Military Scholarship. Hill never would have been an option without it. Having the opportunity to attend The Hill School for three years and make friendships that I know will last a lifetime is a blessing.

Amelia Sniffin ’19 arrived at The Hill in the fall of 2016 as the first Wallach Family Military Scholarship recipient. Prior to Hill she had never been at a school for three years, living in five different states and spending more than four years in Germany.  Amelia’s father, Colonel Peter Sniffin, is a member of The Hill School class of 1981 and a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. Amelia was involved in many areas of campus life. She served as head dormitory prefect, deputy news editor for The Hill News, a member of the varsity girls’ basketball team; a volunteer at the local Boys’ and Girls’ club, and co-president of the Spiritual Life Committee. Amelia is currently attending Wheaton College.