Merit Scholarships

Ninth Grade Merit Scholarship Competition

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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Complete the Merit Scholarship Application here.

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

Take the Merit Scholars Assessment, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m, January 12 OR January 26

The Merit Scholarship application for students entering ninth-grade for the 2019-20 school year will open on October 1, 2018, and will remain open until the application deadline on Saturday, January 26.

Merit Scholarship winners will be notified by February 5, 2019.

Contact Muffy Sattich,, or call 502.479.0378, for more information.