Virtus Scholarship Program

The Virtus Scholarship

The Virtus Scholarship Program at Dunham awards full-tuition merit scholarships to new students entering grades 8-10 who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, character, and leadership. Virtus Scholarships are based on individual merit, not financial need. All new students who believe they meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship should apply. Candidates who are not awarded a Virtus Scholarship may be considered for a Merit Award and are also encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through our financial aid program. Please contact our Admissions Office if you have any questions about applying for the Virtus Scholarship.

Eligibility

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Any new student entering grades 8-10 who meets the following criteria may be considered for a Virtus Scholarship:

  1. Students must be currently enrolled in 7th through 9th 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 must have a composite ISEE score of 32 or above.
How to Apply

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  1. Candidates should submit a standard admissions application by January 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.
Terms of Scholarship

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  1. The Virtus Scholarship covers full tuition for one year.
  2. Awards do not include fees for dining, technology, facilities, or miscellaneous fees.
  3. Upon notification of the award, students and parents will be required to sign the Virtus Parent and Scholar Agreement.
  4. The award is reviewed each year and renewed only if the student continues to meet high expectations for academics, leadership, leadership, and citizenship.
  5. The award recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The student must be enrolled in honors quality courses and must be in pursuit of an Honors Diploma.
  6. Scholarship recipients will have a review of grades and progress with the Division Head prior to re-enrollment.
  7. Included with the notification of the award will be instructions for completion of the online 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.

Merit Awards

The Merit Award Program at Dunham awards merit scholarships to new students entering grades 7-10 who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, character, and leadership. Award amounts vary and are determined by the Merit Scholarship Committee in partnership with the Division Head. All merit awards are subject to budget availability. Not every qualifying student will receive a merit award.

Eligibility

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Any new student entering grades 7-10 who meets the following criteria may be considered for a Merit Award:

  1. Students must be currently enrolled in 6th through 9th 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 3.5 GPA or higher.
  3. National standardized test scores of 90th percentile or higher for two consecutive years.
  4. Composite ISEE scores of 26 and above.
  5. All candidates are evaluated based on demonstrated leadership, character, and contribution to the school community.
How to Apply

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  1. Candidates for Dunham Merit Awards are identified through the admissions testing and interview process.
  2. Prospective students should submit a standard admissions application by January 15.
  3. Once a prospective student has been identified as a Dunham Merit Award candidate, the family will be notified to complete a Tuition Assistance application. Please note: no merit awards will be granted without a completed Tuition Assistance application.
Terms of Scholarship

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  1. The Dunham Merit Award is a yearly award.
  2. Awards do not include fees for dining, technology, facilities, or miscellaneous fees.
  3. Upon notification of the award, students and parents will be required to sign The Dunham Merit Award Agreement.
  4. The award is reviewed each year and renewed only if the student continues to meet high expectations for academics, leadership, leadership, and citizenship.
  5. The Division Head and Merit Award Committee reserve the right to increase or decrease a Merit Award amount in subsequent years based on student performance.
  6. The student must be enrolled in honors quality courses and must be in pursuit of an Honors Diploma.
  7. Award recipients will have a review of grades and progress with the Division Head prior to re-enrollment.
  8. Families must complete a Tuition Assistance application every year prior to re-enrollment.
  9. Included with the notification of the award will be instructions for completion of the online 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 award no longer exists, and the offer will be withdrawn.  At that point, the award will be granted to the next candidate.

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