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Scholarships

Scholarship and Award Opportunities at The Independent Day School

IDS Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: good citizenship, outstanding pattern of academic achievement, strong testing (OLSAT) and evidence of community involvement. Any prospective student is eligible and encouraged to apply. New students are only eligible to receive one IDS Middle School Scholarship and will maintain their award for their years in Middle School at IDS as long as their grades and citizenship continue to meet the criteria.

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  • The IDS Merit and Citizenship Scholarship Program*

    Applications for the IDS Merit and Citizenship Scholarship must be submitted in conjunction with your admission application.

    The Independent Day School offers merit scholarships of $5,000 per year, per student for new motivated, talented students applying to grades 5-8 who strive to do their best academically and actively participate in their community. The scholarship is renewable through to graduation assuming that the scholar continues to thrive in the IDS environment by fulfilling academic and social expectations.

    IDS Merit Scholarship Program recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: good citizenship, outstanding pattern of academic achievement and evidence of community involvement. Any prospective family is eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • The Independent Day School Founders’ Scholarship*

    On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, IDS initiated a special scholarship program to honor the historic relationship among the communities of Wesleyan University and Choate Rosemary Hall. The Independent Day School Founders’ Scholarship makes attending IDS more affordable for a limited number of Wesleyan and Choate families. Wesleyan and Choate faculty and staff may qualify for up to $5,000 in merit funding. The scholarship is renewable through to graduation assuming that the scholar continues to thrive in the IDS environment by fulfilling academic and social expectations.

    The IDS Founders’ Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria: good citizenship, outstanding pattern of academic achievement, strong testing, evidence of community involvement and an affiliation to Wesleyan or Choate.
  • The Dr. Edward and Elizabeth Wallace Scholarship Fund*

    This scholarship, made possible by the late Dr. Edward and Elizabeth Wallace, is awarded to one sixth grader for his/her three-year middle school tenure. This scholarship of $5,000 per year is competitive and available to students who demonstrate a passion for learning and discovery and for whose families demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable through to graduation assuming that the scholar continues to thrive in the IDS environment by fulfilling academic and social expectations.

    Commitment to learning and habits that show engagement with school and community are encouraged for all students at IDS. A scholarship application will be evaluated with these values in mind. Any current or prospective is eligible and encouraged to apply.
*IDS scholarship recipients can also be considered for need-based financial assistance in addition to the merit funding. If need-based financial assistance is requested, the applicant’s family must complete the FACTS application which will aid the Financial Assistance Committee in understanding the family’s situation. Because this scholarship is based on merit, the amount of the merit scholarship will not change in the event that need-based financial assistance is also awarded.

Checklist for New Students Applying for an IDS Scholarship

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The Middle School Scholarships will be presented to the students in the applicant pool who demonstrate the strongest overall performance in all of these domains.

Consider the option to apply for need-based/additional financial assistance. Families from a broad range of incomes apply to The Independent Day School. Some families’ circumstances may qualify them for assistance above and beyond the $5,000 merit scholarships. Please see the Financial Assistance Information.

Notification of scholarship awards will be included in the IDS acceptance package.

Submitting an Application

Please download and complete The Independent Day School Scholarship Application and submit as soon as possible either:

To the address below:
The Independent Day School
P.O. Box 451
115 Laurel Brook Road
Middlefield, CT 06455

Or fax to The Independent Day School at: 860-347-8852

Or scan and email to info@independentdayschool.org