Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarship Program

Norfolk Collegiate has a proud tradition of well-rounded student-scholars who demonstrate initiative, integrity and determination. To recognize exceptional students coming into the school, we have established the Norfolk Collegiate Merit Scholar program, which awards two merit-based scholarships for 50 percent off tuition to incoming ninth-grade students who are first-time applicants to Norfolk Collegiate.

To become a Norfolk Collegiate Merit Scholar, a new student must demonstrate exceptional intelligence, character and academic promise, and the student must be willing to share his or her talents to enrich the Norfolk Collegiate community through enthusiastic participation and leadership in the performing or fine arts, athletics, service, citizenship or our other extracurricular offerings.

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is eligible to apply to be a Merit Scholar?

    Students must be new (first-time applicants) to Norfolk Collegiate, applying in eighth grade for their ninth grade year. Students who previously attended Collegiate and withdrew but are re-enrolling are not eligible to apply. 
  •  Are current Norfolk Collegiate students eligible for this award?

    No. Current Norfolk Collegiate eighth-grade students returning for grade nine are not eligible to become a Merit Scholar.

    All students, new and returning, are encouraged to apply for Norfolk Collegiate's financial assistance program 
  • Is additional testing required (aside from the application)?

    Yes. Merit Scholar applicants must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) between August and January of the applicants' eighth-grade year. For your convenience, this test is administered by Norfolk Collegiate.

    Test dates may be scheduled with the admissions office. 
  • How are Merit Scholars selected?

    Following receipt of the application package, writing sample and interview, the committee considers an applicant’s academic performance, character, citizenship, leadership skills and other areas of demonstrated, significant merit. 
  • Who selects Merit Scholars?

    The Merit Scholars committee consists of the following Norfolk Collegiate staff: Director of Enrollment, the Head of Upper School, and up to two members of the upper school admissions committee; the Head of School may participate ex-officio with veto power. 
  • How many awards are given?   

    Two new awards are given each year to incoming freshmen. Awards are renewable through the students' senior year at Norfolk Collegiate.
  • Is financial need a factor in selecting the Norfolk Collegiate Merit Scholars?

    No. The Merit Scholar award is need blind, meaning all students meeting the application requirements and demonstrating exceptional merit, regardless of financial need, are eligible for selection. All students are encouraged to apply for Norfolk Collegiate's need-based financial assistance program.
Scholarships are competitive. Applicants must:
  • Submit a letter of intent to Ms. Stacy Nixon, assistant head for advancement, no later than Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, for the 2022-23 academic year.

All finalists:
  • Will be notified in January 2022
  • Will be invited to submit an additional essay
  • Will have a personal interview Jan. 17-28, 2022.
Two finalists will be awarded scholarships, which can be renewed annually provided recipients maintain standards of excellence determined by the school. We will notify recipients of their awards on Feb. 16, 2022.

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Stacy Nixon

    Mrs. Stacy Nixon 

    Assistant Head for Advancement

Middle/Upper School Campus

Lower School Campus