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.
Choate Icahn Scholars
Originally created through the generosity of the Icahn Charitable Foundation, the Choate Icahn Scholars Program supports the educational experience of bright, motivated students. Each year Choate identifies students in its applicant pool who have significant levels of financial need, have established strong ties to their community, come from under-resourced educational systems, and 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 also receive full assistance to attend Choate's Summer Programs 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 is no separate application process 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 honor of Wilson Gakio ‘92. In an effort to attract students primarily from Kenya or continental Africa, Choate identifies 1-2 students in its applicant pool. In addition to receiving full financial aid, Gakio-Walton International 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. Gakio-Walton Scholars also receive full assistance to attend Choate’s Summer Programs prior to matriculation. There is no separate application process for eligibility.
Andrew Bernard Noel III Wallingford Scholars Program
In recognition of former Director of Financial Aid, Andy Noel, and his commitment to the Wallingford community, the Noel-Wallingford Scholars Program supports outstanding financial aid applicants who reside in 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). Learn more.
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.