By April 22, 2021June 17th, 2021No Comments

Keith Alum/Hollywood Writer-Producer Shawn Ryan Provides

Full Scholarships Renewable through Students’ Senior Year

ROCKFORD, Ill.Keith Country Day School, the region’s only nationally ranked, independent college-prep school, today announced it is offering five full-tuition scholarships for new students entering 7th through 11th grade in the 2021-22 school year.

The Ryan Family Scholarships are made possible by Keith School alumni Shawn Ryan (’84) and his wife Cathy. As a Keith scholarship student himself, Ryan credits Keith’s smaller school environment, personalized attention, family atmosphere and opportunity to be involved in numerous activities to his success as the writer-producer of hit TV shows “The Shield,” “S.W.A.T.” and others.

“I am so grateful for what I gained from Keith – both within and outside the classroom – and this is my family’s way of giving back,” said Ryan. “I’m fortunate to provide this same opportunity to others in the Rockford community who are academically inclined but economically challenged.”

Ryan Family Scholarship Details and Eligibility

The Ryan Family Scholarship program will provide one merit-based scholarship covering full tuition for new incoming students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (one per grade level) for the 2021-22 school year. The scholarships are renewable annually through each student’s senior year.  Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

The Ryan Family Scholarship is available for students that are:

  • Not currently enrolled at Keith Country Day School
  • Going into grades 7-11 for the 21-22 school year
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Demonstrate academic ability through prior grades and successful completion of the admissions process

The deadline to complete the application process (which includes a placement test and writing sample) is June 15, 2021.  Information on how to apply for the scholarships can be found at:

Why Keith?

 Keith provides a family atmosphere in a supportive learning environment designed to help students explore their interests, cultivate their talents, and prepare for success in college and beyond.

Annually, 90% of Keith’s seniors gain acceptance into their first college/university of choice and the vast majority of students receive considerable merit-based college scholarships. With more than 35 clubs and organizations, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities based on their interests and passions. Keith offers a family-friendly atmosphere and acceptance to academically motivated students and also provides additional resources for personal and educational growth.

“We are so honored by this opportunity to provide full-tuition scholarships to students in our community,” said Charo Chaney, Co-Head of School at Keith Country Day School. “Each day and throughout the year, I see our students truly blossom and aspire to excel. This amazingly generous gift by Shawn and Cathy Ryan will continue to give back for generations to come.”