James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Awards

The majority of Hawken’s tuition reductions are based solely on a family’s demonstrated financial need. However, a highly select group of high school students will be eligible for merit scholarships through the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Program based on the strength of their academic record, personal qualities, and anticipated future contributions to Hawken School. 

To be eligible for a James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Award, a student must be an applicant for admission to Hawken as a new ninth or tenth grade student and must complete all components of the admission application process by the deadline. Current 8th grade Hawken students are also eligible to apply for a merit scholarship.

Candidates for the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Awards will be outstanding individuals with exceptional records of achievement and potential as demonstrated through academic performance.

A successful candidate will also be well-rounded in their engagement outside the classroom and exhibit leadership potential and exemplary personal qualities consistent with the mission of Hawken. Character, intellect, and integrity are among the defining qualities of a James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Award

Selection Process
Semifinalists for the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Awards will be selected by the Admission Committee from Hawken’s applicant pool. Typically, semifinalists represent the top 10-15% of Hawken’s applicant pool, have excellent transcripts and recommendations from their current schools, and standardized test scores above the 90th percentile.

The Admission Office will invite semifinalists to return to Hawken for the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Event. Following this event, the Selection Committee will select the recipients of the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Awards and send notification with their admission decision.
Merit Scholarship Awards
Students selected as recipients of a James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Award will receive annual awards up to $15,000. The total number of awards and the amount of each recipient’s award will be at the discretion of
the Selection Committee.

Merit Scholarship Awards will be renewed on an annual basis for each year that a James A. Hawken Scholarship Award recipient is enrolled at Hawken, contingent upon the student remaining in good standing socially and academically.
To learn more about the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Awards, please contact the Admission Office at 440-423-2955 or admissions@hawken.edu.

Selection Process

Prospective Students
New applicants to Hawken will be selected based upon the strength of their admission application, which considers transcripts, teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, a student questionnaire and the interview on a student’s visit day. No additional application is required for consideration of a merit award.
Current Students
Eighth grade students from Hawken’s Lyndhurst campus and The Birchwood School of Hawken will apply for merit scholarships through Hawken's online application system to open in October. As part of the process, merit applicants will be required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam.

The Selection Committee will select and notify the recipients in mid-January when admission decisions are announced.

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