The Eliot Merit Scholarship Program provides merit awards to a limited number of scholars entering grades 7 and 9 at MICDS. The recipients are students who demonstrate a superior level of academic achievement and future potential.  These are students who appear poised to make significant contributions to the MICDS community in and beyond the classroom.

The awards are named in honor of William Greenleaf Eliot, 19th century visionary and founder of Washington University in St. Louis, who also founded Mary Institute, one of the predecessor schools that ultimately became MICDS.  Eliot was an academic leader who was ahead of his time, and he left his mark on the educational landscape of St. Louis. In selecting Eliot Scholars, we seek students who embody similar qualities that lead us to anticipate great things from them in the future.

The Scholarship
A student named an Eliot Scholar receives an annual award in the amount of $5,000 to be applied toward the cost of tuition at MICDS. The scholarship is renewable annually as long as the student remains at MICDS and maintains strong academic and honorable standing.

The award is a merit scholarship and is not need-based. An Eliot Scholar may also receive need-based financial aid in addition to the scholarship if the student’s family qualifies for financial aid through the regular process. However, the total amount awarded to the student will not exceed full tuition.

The Eliot Merit Scholarships celebrate academic excellence at MICDS. It is a competitive and selective process with a limited number of named scholars each year. The scholarship program will be open to both current MICDS students as well as students applying to attend MICDS. 

The Eliot Merit Scholarship recognizes academic achievements.  It is not awarded for special artistic or athletic talents.

Selection Process
Eliot Scholars at MICDS will be selected by the Admission Committee who will consider all applications individually. The awards are open to current MICDS 6th and 8th graders, as well as prospective students applying to 7th or 9th grade. Candidates will need to complete all requirements for the award, referenced to the right, which includes the completion of the Eliot Merit Scholarship test and writing sample.  

All candidates and their parents must participate in the Eliot Merit Scholarship Information Session on Saturday morning, January 24, 2015, starting at 8:30 a.m.  Students will take the Eliot Merit Scholarship test while parents view a special presentation.

Students selected to be Eliot Scholars will be expected to participate in program activities and will receive special recognition.

Current MICDS 6th & 8th Grades Eliot Scholars Process

- Eliot Merit Scholarship Test Registration Form (download above) to be submitted no later than Friday, January 16, 2015.

- The admission office will include school records from previous two years, plus standardized test profile from the previous year

- Eliot Merit Scholarship test to be administered on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The test will include a writing sample.

- Recommendation from an outside source, not a current MICDS faculty member.  This should be someone who knows the student well, such as a music teacher, coach, former teacher, someone from the student’s place of worship, family friend, etc.

    7th & 9th Grades Eliot Scholars Process

    In addition to the regular admission process, requirements are:
     
    - Eliot Merit Scholarship Test Registration Form (download above) to be submitted no later than Friday, January 16, 2015.

    - Eliot Merit Scholarship test to be administered on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The test will include a writing sample.