What's in a name

Arete signifies potential realized and function fulfilled. It is a life well lived, full of excellence and courage. Learn more about what our name means.

Arete Scholars exists to help under-resourced children reach their highest potential through educational opportunity. Through private contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, Arete awards need-based K-12 scholarships and empowers parents to place their children in schools that best suit their unique gifts and learning needs. Since 2010, our partners have helped us provide more than $43 million in aid.

Arete currently operates 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 $4,700 per year. Recipients are required to requalify each year.

Learn more about our work in the short video below.

Our Staff & Team

Derek Monjure



Buck Alford

Communications & Development Director


Marilyn Hicks

Director of Operations & Client Services


Danny Willis

Development Director


Mary Helen Wirwa

Asst. State Director - Louisiana


Board of Directors

Name Title Company
Derek Monjure President Arete Scholars Fund
Al Petrangeli President - Georgia Division Carroll Daniel Construction
Greg Beadles EVP, Chief Administrative Officer Atlanta Falcons
Terry T. Tucker Philanthropist / Business Leader
Chris Prince General Counsel Priority Payment Systems

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.