PORTLAND — Portland’s Waynflete School has been awarded a $2 million grant by The Malone Family Foundation to fund scholarships for extraordinarily talented students.

The award establishes a permanent endowment to support scholarships for gifted and talented students enrolled in grades seven through 12.

Head of School Mark Segar said the award represents the first time that a school in Maine or anywhere in northern New England has been selected by The Malone Family Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 1997 by Dr. John C. Malone and his family to improve access to quality education, particularly at the secondary school level, for gifted students.

Founded in 1898, Waynflete enrolls more than 550 students from early childhood through high school.