Merit Based Scholarship Program

Trustee Leadership Award

Description of the Award

The Trustee Leadership Award is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding students entering Lincoln's Grade 6 and Grade 9 classes.

This award recognizes truly outstanding students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement and leadership promise. As a merit scholarship, this award is made without consideration of the student's financial need. Students entering Grade 6 and Grade 9, with or without financial need, are eligible to apply. The award is open to current Lincoln School students as well as to students applying for admission to Grades 6 and 9.

The Lincoln School Merit Scholarship awards $15,000 each to two students entering Grade 6 and to two students entering Grade 9. The merit scholarships are renewable annually in the same amount of $15,000, as long as the student remains in good academic standing and demonstrates good citizenship and involvement in the life and activities of the school. Grade 6 awards are renewable for Grades 7 and 8. Grade 9 awards are renewable for Grades 10, 11, and 12.

Application Requirements

All Grade 6 and Grade 9 applicants must complete the standard admission application requirements, including the SSAT, plus submission of an essay on the subject of leadership. Upper level SSAT test scores should be in the 90th percentile or above (SSAT percentile).

Current Lincoln School students re-enrolling in Grades 6 and 9 are not required to re-apply for admission, but they must submit their SSAT scores and leadership essays. Upper level SSAT test scores should be in the 90th percentile or above (SSAT percentile).

To be considered for this award, all potential applicants must submit the required materials no later than February 15th of the year of entry.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take either the December or January SSAT.

Leadership Essay Prompts

  1. Service plays an important role in Quaker education. In your own words, give an example of how you have shown leadership by demonstrating tremendous compassion and caring in serving your community. (500 words maximum)
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... We must do that which we think we cannot." Give an example of how you have shown leadership in a time of fear or uncertainty. (500 words maximum)

Application Submission

Please submit all required materials to


Notification of award winners will be made in early March of the year of entry, consistent with the normal admission notification cycle.

Selection will be based on the objective assessment of demonstrated academic achievement and the promise of leadership. "Advantage" is not conferred by virtue of being a current Lincoln School student, or by virtue of the candidate's financial need or lack of need. Selection of the Lincoln School Merit Scholars will be made by the Lincoln School Admission Committee, with final review and approval by Lincoln's Head of School.

To avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest in merit scholar selection, children of Lincoln School faculty and staff, as well as Trustee family members, are not eligible as candidates for this merit scholarship.

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