The Trustee Leadership 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.
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.
Important Information for Applicants:
Application requirements for the merit scholarship:
All Grade 6 and Grade 9 applicants must complete the standard admission application requirements (including SSAT), plus submission of a Leadership essay. Upper level SSAT test scores must be in the 90% 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 the SSAT and Leadership essay. Upper level SSAT test scores must be in the 90% or above (SSAT percentile).
To be considered for this award, all potential applicants must submit the required materials no later than February 15 of the year of entry.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to take either the December, January, or February SSATs.
Leadership Essay options:
1) In your own words define what leadership means to you and provide an example of how you have been a leader in your school or community (maximum of 500 words).
2) In your own words give an example of someone who you admire as a leader and provide an example of how you have been a leader in your school or community (maximum of 500 words).
Notification of award winners will be made by March 1 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 the 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.