Virtus Scholarship Program

The Virtus Scholarship

The Virtus Scholarship Program at Dunham awards full-tuition merit scholarships to new students entering grades 6-10 who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, character, and leadership. 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. 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.



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

  1. Students must be currently enrolled in 5th 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. Scores of 8 or above on all sections of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
How to Apply


  1. Candidates should submit a standard admissions application by January 15, 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


  1. The Virtus Scholarship covers full tuition for one year.
  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.

Merit Awards

New students entering grades 6-10 who fall below the Virtus Scholarship threshold may be eligible for a merit award. Candidates for these awards are identified through the Virtus Scholarship application process or admissions testing and interviews. Award amounts vary and are determined by the Merit Scholarship Committee.

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