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Scholar 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 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.

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 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 bright, motivated students. Each year Choate identifies up to ten students in its applicant pool that have significant levels of financial need, have established strong ties to their community, come from under resourced educational systems, and who demonstrate leadership potential. In addition to meeting their demonstrated tuition need, Choate Icahn Scholars receive financial assistance for books and academic supplies, transportation to and from home for the 4 major school breaks, and other school related needs. Choate Icahn Scholars attend Choate's Summer Programs free of charge the summer before matriculation, at which point they commence the lifelong bonding of the Choate Icahn cohort group, which serves as a support system (along with the Program Director and advisers) to enable each individual to maximize their experience at Choate and beyond.

Recipients for the Choate Icahn Scholars Program are identified by the Admission Committee during the selection process. There are no additional requirements or application materials for eligibility.

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. There is no separate application process for eligibility.

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.

Murata US-Japan Visiting 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 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).

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

“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.”