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 programs to gifted students to enhance their Choate experience, descriptions of which are below. Students are identified and selected during the evaluation phase. There is no separate application process for eligibility. Additional information regarding our scholar programs are available in GoChoate!, the admission website.
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 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 up to ten students per year who are bright and motivated and whose families qualify for full (or nearly full) tuition assistance. 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. The summer before matriculation, Choate Icahn Scholars also attend the School’s Summer Programs free of charge.
Gakio-Walton International Scholars
The Gakio-Walton International Scholars 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 Kenya or continental 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 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 stipend toward an experience which further nurtures a demonstrated passion in math, computer science, and/or science.
Andrew Bernard Noel III Wallingford Scholars Program
Named in honor of Andy Noel, former Director of Financial Aid, the Noel-Wallingford Scholars Programs supports outstanding financial aid applicants who reside in Wallingford, in recognition of Mr. Noel's commitment to financial aid and his dedication to community both at Choate and the town of Wallingford. Noel-Wallingford Scholars receive a financial aid grant based on their demonstrated need as well as a stipend to attend Choate Summer Programs prior to matriculation. There is no separate application process for eligibility.
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 an academic year. Recipients of the one-year Murata grant who want to study at Choate until graduation must reapply for both admission and financial aid (if applicable).
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.