Merit Scholarships

The Summit has a national reputation as a leader among independent schools for high ability students and educating leaders of character. The Summit believes in honoring the gifts and talents of students and has created the Merit Scholarship Program for students entering grade nine. The Merit Scholarships will be awarded annually to highly motivated students who embody the values and ideals of The Summit mission.


Candidates for Merit Scholarships are dedicated students who have demonstrated motivation and high academic achievement through school transcripts, strong performance on standardized testing and participation in extracurricular activities. A candidate must also demonstrate potential to contribute to The Summit’s five pillar mission, spiritually, academically, physically, socially and artistically. A candidate must also demonstrate that he or she is a leader of character.

Upper School Eligibility:

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must complete the application process.
  • Students must score a minimum composite 90% score on the High School Placement Test, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
  • Students must interview at The Summit.
  • Students must demonstrate strong academic performance in the classroom.
  • Students must submit The Summit scholarship essay by Dec. 5. (The Merit Scholarship Essay information is located under the Freshman: Class of 2023 tab.)
  • Students must demonstrate strong character and be upstanding citizens of their current schools.

Selection Process:

The Summit Country Day School Scholarship Committee will select Merit Scholarship award winners. Candidates will be selected based upon the strength of their academic records, standardized test scores and recommendations. Involvement in extracurricular activities will also be considered.

Merit Scholarship Awards:

Entering ninth grade students selected as recipients of a Merit Scholarship will receive annual awards ranging between $1,000 and $8,000. The Notre Dame Scholarship is our most prestigious Upper School Scholarship and is valued at $32,000 over a four year period. Notre Dame candidates must test in the 98-99% on the HSPT for consideration. The total number of awards and the amount of each recipient's award will be at the discretion of The Summit Country Day School Scholarship Selection Committee. Merit Scholarships will be renewed annually contingent upon the student maintaining good academic standing and demonstrating positive character, the criteria of which will be determined at the sole discretion of The Summit.

Summit Endowed Scholarship Program:

Through generous gifts to the Endowment, each year, The Summit is able to offer a variety of scholarships to deserving students. The Named Founder Scholarship Funds are family funds established by parents, grandparents, alumni and friends of The Summit who hope to assist in providing the opportunity for a Summit education to future generations of students.

When a family fund has reached $100,000, a Named Founder Fund is established in the name of the donor’s choice. Each year, the fund income is utilized to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarship awards to students selected by the scholarship committee and within the guidelines established by the donor(s). Scholarship awards vary in size and can be need and/or merit based. These scholarship awards are primarily available for incoming ninth graders. A limited number of scholarships are available in the Lower and Middle Schools.

Our Named Founder Scholarship Fund benefactors are committed to the mission of The Summit, the traditions of The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the desire to provide an outstanding educational opportunity to our leaders of tomorrow.

If you are interested in learning more about the Named Scholarship Funds, please contact the Admission Office.