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Scholar and Access Programs

As our mission states, “Choate attracts intellectually gifted and motivated students from diverse backgrounds whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in this personally supportive and academically challenging setting.”

Choate offers several unique signature scholar programs to gifted students to enhance their Choate experience. From offering students full need-based financial aid to awarding applicants whose accomplishments in the classroom and beyond are extraordinary, these programs further strengthen Choate's ability to attract a remarkable and diverse student body. Additional information regarding our signature scholar programs are available in GoChoate!, the admission website.

Signature Scholar Programs

Head’s Scholars

This program is designated to attract, select, and provide support to outstanding scholars each year, regardless of a family’s ability to qualify for financial assistance. The Admission Committee identifies recipients of the Head’s Scholars designation. These students are considered to be among the most competitive applicants in the admission process each year. In addition to regular gatherings with the Headmaster and the Program Coordinator, Head’s Scholars receive various stipends, among them a $10,000 grant to participate in an experience that further nurtures creativity, feeds innovation, or develops leadership skills.

Choate Icahn Scholars

Originally created through the generosity of the Icahn Charitable Foundation, The Choate Icahn Scholars Program aims to make a difference in the lives of students who are bright and motivated and whose families qualify for full (or nearly full) tuition assistance. Each year, up to ten students are awarded the opportunity to attend Choate and granted the financial support to make this possible. In addition to financial assistance for tuition, school expenses are covered including school supplies including books, transportation to and from home for vacations, and other stipends. Choate Icahn Scholars also attend the School’s Summer Programs free of charge.

Gakio-Walton International Scholars Program

The Gakio-Walton International Scholars Program was established in 2006 through the generosity of The Walton Family Foundation and alumnus Benjamin S. Walton ’92 in an effort to attract students primarily from Africa. In addition to receiving full financial aid, Gakio-Walton International Scholars also receive full assistance to attend Choate’s Summer Programs prior to matriculation.

Paul Mellon ’25 Scholars (Math/Science)

The Paul Mellon ’25 Scholars Program is designed to attract and select students of strong character who have demonstrated academic excellence and drive in the study of math, computer science, and/or science. Students selected are not required to qualify for need-based financial aid. Students selected by the Admission Committee for this program must be committed to the highest levels of academic achievement and demonstrate sound character, strong leadership potential, and extracurricular interests. In addition to regular gatherings with the Program Coordinator, Paul Mellon ’25 Scholars receive a summer experience stipend of $5,000 which further nurtures a demonstrated passion in math, computer science, and/or science.

Andrew Bernard Noel III Wallingford Scholars Program

The Andrew Bernard Noel III Wallingford Scholars Program supports outstanding students enrolling at Choate who reside in Wallingford and who demonstrate potential for academic excellence, exhibit strong character, and possess leadership qualities and diverse talents. Named in honor of Andy Noel, former Director of Financial Aid, this program recognizes Noel's commitment to financial aid and his dedication to community both at Choate and in the Town of Wallingford. Noel–Wallingford Scholars whose families qualify for financial assistance will receive a financial grant to attend Choate during the traditional school year and will also receive a stipend to attend Choate Summer Programs prior to entering their first year at our School.

Murata US-Japan Scholars Program

Established by a Tokyo-based alumnus, the Murata US- Japan Scholars Program provides grants for talented Japanese students to study at Choate for both summer school and the academic year. Grants for summer study are available starting in 2015. Full year academic year opportunities will be available for fall 2016 enrollment.

Access Programs

Choate Rosemary Hall has established relationships with various access programs that work to identify highly motivated students and to prepare them for possible admission to Choate and other selective secondary schools.

> Read more about Choate’s access program partners