Merit Scholarships




Collegiate Merit Scholars attended Leadership Louisville’s 2023 Leading Better Summit at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

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 include:


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


  the merit scholarship experience  


Grade Level Merit Scholar Experience
Ninth and Tenth Grade WAVU Program for Talented Youth, Vanderbilt University
Eleventh Grade Leadership Louisville Summit
Twelfth Grade Scholars Dinner



  How to Apply for a ninth-grade merit scholarship  


Prospective Families

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023


  1. Apply for the Ninth Grade.
  2. Complete the Merit Scholar Application.
  3. Take the Merit Scholar Assessment: January 13 or 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (sign up through the Ninth-Grade Admission application portal).


Current Collegiate Eighth Grade Families

Application Deadline: January 9, 2024


  1. Complete the Merit Scholar Application.
  2. Request a teacher recommendation from a current 8th-grade academic teacher.
  3. Take the Merit Scholar Assessment: January 13 or 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m. by emailing the Admission Office at


Thank you for your interest in the Merit Scholarship program. Merit Scholars will be announced in early February 2024. Contact the Admission Office at 502.479.0378 if you have any additional questions.