Merit Scholarships

Our Merit Scholarship Programs
Additional information on our signature scholarship programs
Merit Scholarships

The Whittle Scholars Program
The Whittle Scholars Program is our most selective scholarship for exceptional, high-achieving students entering grades 6 through 11. Whittle Scholars will have specific, clearly defined (“pointy”) academic and/or extracurricular talents that have been recognized far beyond the walls of their schools and their immediate communities. These students represent the very top of the applicant pool.
Up to 10 Whittle Scholars will receive scholarships that cover 50% of tuition, renewable annually provided the recipient remains in good academic and disciplinary standing. Whittle Scholars will also receive a one-time $2,000 Innovation Grant to be used for an in-depth research and/or creative project.

What is the criteria for selecting a Whittle Scholar?
All Whittle Scholars demonstrate unusual and remarkable achievement within and often beyond their current school settings. Characteristics of those selected reflect most, and often all, of the following:

  • Unusually high caliber of academic achievement
  • Significant community, regional, or national impact for their activities and/or achievement
  • High level of understanding and appreciation for global and multicultural topics, issues, and challenges
  • Genuine fit for a Whittle education as demonstrated by intellectual curiosity for cultural and/or language studies

The student recipients also embody highly valued personal characteristics, including kindness, the ability to lead and navigate in complex situations, to empower others, and the ability to bring about productive change.

Is there an additional step required for the Whittle Scholars when applying for admission?
Students wishing to be considered for the Whittle Scholars Program should submit their application for admission and consideration by the deadline and are strongly encouraged to complete the “Share Your World” supplement of our application.

How are the finalists evaluated?
An executive committee comprised of our leadership will review finalists and select Whittle Scholars.

When are Whittle Scholars notified?
Whittle Scholars will receive notification at the time of admission acceptance.

The Inaugural DC Scholarship Program
Open to students entering Grades 6 through 11, recipients of the Inaugural DC Scholarship will have demonstrated good citizenship (kindness, helpfulness, and a caring nature); academic achievement and promise; as well as an inclination and interest to explore new areas (e.g. the arts, community service, athletics, robotics, chess, etc.) and share current ones.
Recipients will be awarded scholarships of $7,500, renewable annually provided the student remains in good academic and disciplinary standing. Awards will be determined by the Admission Committee, and recipients will receive notification at the time of admission acceptance.
Students wishing to be considered for the Inaugural DC Scholarship should submit their application for admission and consideration by the deadline and are strongly encouraged to complete the “Share Your World” supplement of our application.

The DC Embassy Scholars Program
Embracing diversity and global connectedness is part of Whittle’s vision and what we take deep pride in. This special scholarship is open to children of employees from the 174 embassies in DC and who are entering Grades 4 through 11. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement and promise; interest, understanding, and appreciation for global perspectives, issues, and challenges. Most importantly, we seek motivated students with a genuine fit for a Whittle education as demonstrated by intellectual curiosity and engagement.
The Admission Committee will award up to 25 DC Embassy Scholarships, each in the amount of $20,000, renewable annually provided the recipient remains in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Students interested in the DC Embassy Scholarship Program should submit their application for admission and consideration by the deadline and are strongly encouraged to complete the “Share Your World” supplement of our application.