What is Arete?

arete [ ə-ˈre-tā ] noun
excellence in action; a life well lived, virtuous and courageous.


OUR VISION: To see every child reach their greatest, God-given potential.

OUR MISSION: To advance the realization of excellence in underserved and marginalized children by opening the doors to opportunity.

OUR MODEL: The Arete model is a holistic journey of academic formation and personal growth, which empowers children to reach their highest potential. 

Through private contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, Arete Scholars awards need-based K-12 scholarships and empowers parents to place their children in private schools that best suit their unique gifts and learning needs. Since 2010, our partners have helped us grant nearly 15,000 K-12 scholarships worth nearly $75 million.

We currently operate under tax credit scholarship programs in Georgia and Louisiana. Scholarship eligibility is based on the income guidelines for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRL), and award amounts range from $4,000 to more than $4,800 per year. 



Our Staff & Team

Arthur Dupré

President

adupre@aretescholars.org

Buck Alford

Development Director

balford@aretescholars.org

Marilyn Hicks

Director of Operations & Client Services

mhicks@aretescholars.org

Andrew Martin

Development Director

amartin@aretescholars.org

Jason Paul Roberts

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

jroberts@aretescholars.org

Danny Willis

Development Director

dwillis@aretescholars.org

Mary Helen Wirwa

Louisiana Scholarship Program Director

maryhw@aretescholars.org

Board of Directors

Name Title Company
Greg Beadles EVP, Chief Administrative Officer Atlanta Falcons
Derek Monjure Cofounder Arete Scholars Fund
Al Petrangeli Chief Operating Officer Carroll Daniel Construction
Chris Prince General Counsel Mequity
Jim Smith SVP, Business Strategy Atlanta Braves

Georgia Advisors

Name Title Company
Rick & Barb Gaby Founders The Gaby Foundation
Lanny Nixon Senior Vice President Wells Fargo Bank
Tim Bentsen Partner (Retired) KPMG
Doug Tuthill President Step Up For Students

Louisiana Advisors

Name Title Company
James Garvey Honorary Member, Attorney Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, L.L.P.
SR Carol Shively Superintendent of Schools Diocese of Shreveport
Marian B. Fertitta Superintendent of Schools (Retired) Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Mike Johnson Attorney Law Offices of Mike Johnson
Gene Mills President Louisiana Family Forum
James Clyde President Vivatas, Inc.
Billy L. Clark President Delta College of Arts and Technology
Charlie Davis President Liquid Ventures
Howard Davis Founder / Head of School Providence Classical Academy
Mark Stermer Sr. Pastor The Church in St. Amant
Timmy Teepell Partner OnMessage, Inc.