Virtus Scholarship Program


Virtus Scholarship Program

The Virtus Scholarship

The Virtus Scholarship Program at Dunham awards merit scholarships to new students entering grades 6-12 who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, exemplary character and leadership, or fine arts. The Latin word Virtus – interpreted as excellence, character, courage and worth – reflects the essential qualities expected of students desiring admission to The Dunham School. Virtus Scholarships are based on individual merit, not financial need. The amount of scholarship awarded may be up to the full Dunham tuition. All new students who believe they meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship should apply. Candidates who are not eligible or who are not awarded a scholarship are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through our financial aid program.


Any new student entering grades six through twelve who meets the following criteria may be considered for a Virtus Scholarship:

  1. Students must be currently enrolled in 5th through 11th grade at any school and in good academic and disciplinary standing. 
  2. Core coursework grades earned for two consecutive years must be equivalent to a 3.75 GPA or higher.  A student whose achievement levels place him or her at the top 10% of the class will be given priority selection consideration.
  3. National standardized test scores of 90th percentile or higher for two consecutive years.
  4. Students who have received  recognition for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, or demonstrated excellence in fine arts will be given priority selection consideration.
  1. Candidates should submit a standard admissions application by March 1, indicating that they wish to be considered for the Virtus Scholarship along with documentation that demonstrates they meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. Candidates will complete a standardized test and submit an essay; testing will be scheduled during the school week if candidate has not been tested at Dunham within the past six months.
  3. Once a candidate's admissions file is completed and reviewed by the Virtus Scholarship Committee, candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  4. Scholarship award notification will be made within five days of the interview.

  1. Virtus Scholarships recipients may be awarded partial or full tuition scholarships; the amount will be determined based upon candidate ranking and the school's available resources.
  2. Awards do not include fees for dining, technology, or miscellaneous fees.
  3. The award is reviewed each year and renewed only if the student continues to meet the high academic expectations and continued leadership and citizenship.
  4. Included with the notification of the award will be instructions for completion of the on-line enrollment contract.  This binding enrollment contract must be completed within five days of the award offer.  For contracts not completed by the deadline, the School will assume that the interest in the scholarship no longer exists and the offer will be withdrawn.  At that point, the scholarship will be awarded to the next candidate.

Please email our Admissions Office if you have questions about applying for the Virtus Scholarship.


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