MALVERN, Pa. (CBS) – A Main Line boarding school for boys will be celebrating a milestone anniversary this weekend and rolling out a new scholarship designed to help open the doors for more students.

The Phelps School is marking its 65th anniversary with a three-day celebration that includes sporting events, social gatherings, a dinner reception and other activities. The Malvern school is home to 150 boarding and day students, all boys, in grades seven through 12.

It was founded to help those boys who needed extra attention to reach their potential. Head of School Michael Reardon says they’ve been able to sustain that model because they’re small and the students have a good rapport with the teachers.

“A lot of the boys that come to us, I feel that they’ve fallen through the cracks in large public schools,” Reardon says. “They don’t really make a connection with the teacher and I’d almost describe a few of them as seeming helpless.”

He says they get students back on track and ready to go to college. The scholarship, valued at $100,000, will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a diversity of talents, strong desire for learning, and shows compassion towards family and community.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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