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Private High School or Middle School Scholarships for Merit

gabethangabethan Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Our tuition has skyrocketed over the last few years. I have been told that scholarships do exist based on merit for this age range. I'm usually very good at research but have come up dry. If anybody has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it!

Replies to: Private High School or Middle School Scholarships for Merit

  • MassmommMassmomm Registered User Posts: 3,776 Senior Member
    Have you applied to your school? My kids' private high school gave both merit and need-based scholarships. They were small, but some kids were awarded several, enough to make a dent in the tuition. For the merit scholarships, they needed teacher recs, and in some cases, had to be nominated by teachers in specific subjects (music, for instance). Just let the school know you're interested.
  • gabethangabethan Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Our school does not give any merit scholarships. They told they exist, but cannot tell me where due to confidentiality of current students. I'm completely stumped, and I'm a very good researcher!
  • tutumom2001tutumom2001 Registered User Posts: 1,075 Senior Member
    edited March 18
    D20 ended up choosing public schools for middle and high, but she did apply to two private schools where she received financial aid packages - one at the elementary level and one for high school. You probably aren't going to turn up much on your research, because, at least in our case, the two private schools made it a condition of accepting aid that you can't disclose you receive it. I imagine other schools could have a similar policy. At one school the aid was solely need-based because there was the assumption that just getting in qualified as merit. The other school had mostly need-based aid, but there was a merit endowment that specifically covered the discrepancy between the need-based aid offered and the remaining tuition, making the school tuition and fees free.

    One thing to consider is whether or not the aid is continuous or if you have to reapply each year. The high school above would guarantee the aid for all four years. The elementary school did not guarantee it from year to year and I didn't want to have to pull her out at some point. (I would have sent her to the high school if she wanted to go there, but she chose a public school that is academically one of the best in our state.)
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