Merit Scholarships

Ninth Grade Merit Scholarships

Collegiate awards a limited number of Merit Scholarships each year to qualified 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 $5,000, the Merit Scholarship program starts with a trip to Boston 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

MIT’s SPLASH Program, Boston

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 will be open in October.

Apply for Ninth Grade including all supporting admission documents (open now)

Take the Merit Scholars Assessment, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m, January 11 OR January 25

Thank you for your interest in the Merit Scholarship program. The application process for the 2019-20 school year is now closed. The application process will re-open on October 1, 2019, for the Class of 2024 applying for a ninth-grade Merit Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year.

Contact Summer Kimmel,, or call 502.479.0378, for more information.