Merit Scholarships

Ninth Grade Merit Scholarships

Collegiate awards a limited number of Merit Scholarships each year to qualified ninth-grade candidates who demonstrate superior academic achievement, deep engagement in extracurricular life and outstanding character and citizenship. In addition to a financial award of up to $6,000, the Merit Scholarship Program starts with a trip to Vanderbilt University and is followed by several experiential opportunities through senior year.


Recognition as a Collegiate Merit Scholar is a highly selective honor that recognizes outstanding students based on:

  • Superior academic achievement
  • Outstanding character
  • The potential for making a significant contribution as a citizen of Collegiate and the global community

The criteria used to determine the Collegiate Merit Scholarship includes:

  • Merit Scholarship Application
  • 9th Grade Admission Application
  • 9th Grade Admission Assessment
  • Merit Scholar Essay
  • Middle School Transcript
  • Teacher Evaluation/Recommendation


The Merit Scholarship Experience

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Merit Scholarship Experience

WAVU Program for Talented Youth, Vanderbilt University

Dialogue on Diversity Conference, Bellarmine University, Louisville

Leadership Summit, Louisville

Senior Scholars Breakfast, Collegiate Campus


How to Apply for a Ninth-Grade Merit Scholarship

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Merit applications are due by January 6, 2021.

Apply for Ninth Grade Admission.

Complete the Merit Scholar Application (Application available in October).

Take the Merit Scholar Assessment, 9:00-10:30 a.m., January 9 OR January 23. Sign up through the Ninth-Grade Admission application portal.


Merit applications are due by January 6, 2021.

Complete the Merit Scholar Application.

Request a teacher recommendation from a current 8th-grade academic teacher.

Sign up for the Merit Scholars Assessment, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m, January 9 OR January 23 by emailing the Admission office at

Thank you for your interest in the Merit Scholarship program. Merit Scholars will be announced in early February 2021.

Contact Austin Anderton,, or call 502.479.0377, if you have any additional questions.