Scholarships

Carolina Day School provides an education of the highest caliber, delivered with a distinctive methodology. We seek to attract students of different religions, races, nationalities, and economic backgrounds with a variety of talents and interests who will contribute to a dynamic learning environment. Carolina Day School values students who demonstrate a willingness to engage and a desire to achieve their personal best, academically, and personally.


Carolina Day Scholarship

The Carolina Day Scholarship Program identifies, encourages, and supports students who exceeded expectations in our Middle School, who have continued to demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, who are intellectually curious, and who embody the cores values of Carolina Day School.

  • The school awards four (4) Carolina Day Scholarships to Carolina Day School students currently in Grade 8 who will continue to our Upper School in the 2017-18 school year. Recipients of the award are expected to maintain high achievement levels in Upper School and commit each year to contributing to the culture of the school in a significant manner. Each student receives a cumulative grant of $10,000 over four years ($2,500 per year).

  • In September 2017, the school will invite Grade 8 students to indicate their interest in receiving a Carolina Day Scholarship. Interested students will then be asked to write a brief essay. The Admission and Scholarship Committee will review the essay as well as the academic merits and community impact of each student in order to select up to twelve (12) finalists. The finalists will be invited to campus to complete an interview and group activity to determine the four (4) award recipients.

  • The Admission and Scholarship Committee will inform those students and their families of their award in late October. Carolina Day Scholarship recipients will have until February 1, 2017 to notify the school of their acceptance of this honor for the 2017-18 school year. Recipients who have accepted their awards will receive recognition at an appropriate event during the school year.



The St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall Scholarship

Established at Carolina Day School in 1995 by alumni in honor of Mother Margaret Potts, the intent of the scholarship is to increase racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity at Carolina Day School by providing merit awards to students who demonstrate academic promise, spirited involvement, and quality of character.

  • Current Carolina Day School students or prospective students who are now in Grade 6 or 7 and who bring racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity to the student body are eligible to be considered for this award.

  • The minimum GPA of a student to be considered for this award is 3.0.

  • This scholarship will be awarded to one (1)  student for the school year 2017-2018. The recipient will receive the award during the recipient’s tenure at Middle School, as long as the recipient continues to demonstrate academic promise, spirited involvement, and quality of character.

  • The amount of the award varies from year to year because it is awarded out of endowment funds. For the 2015-16 school year the award was approximately $3,000.

  • Once the Admission and Scholarship Committee has considered all eligible students, the school will inform the honoree of the award in a timely manner and the recipient will have two weeks from notification of the award to inform the school of acceptance of this honor for the 2017-18 school year.


William C. Owen Scholarship

Established by the Owen family in memory of William C. Owen, this scholarship was endowed to provide a need-based scholarship to a Carolina Day School student currently in Grade 8 who demonstrates athletic ability and high moral character.

  • The Admission and Scholarship Committee will identify current Carolina Day School students who are now in Grade 8 who demonstrate athletic ability and high moral character.

  • This scholarship will be awarded to one (1) student for the school year 2017-18. The recipient will receive the award during the recipient’s tenure at Upper School.

  • The amount of the award varies from year to year because it is awarded out of endowment funds. For the 2016-17 school year the award was approximately $6,000.

  • Once the Admission and Scholarship Committee has considered all eligible students, the school will inform the honoree of the award in a timely manner and the recipient will have two weeks from notification of the award to inform the school of acceptance of this honor for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Having accepted the award, the recipient will receive recognition at an appropriate event during the school year.


Laurie Barr Scholarship

Established by family and friends of Laurie Barr in memory of her love for Carolina Day School, this scholarship was endowed to provide a scholarship to students who demonstrate an interest in science and/or athletics and who demonstrate leadership and high moral character at Carolina Day School.

  • Current Carolina Day School students or prospective students who are now in Grades 5-11 and who exhibit an interest in science or athletic leadership and demonstrate leadership and high moral character are eligible to be considered for this award.

  • The Admission and Scholarship Committee will identify both current Carolina Day School students and prospective students who meet these requirements.

  • This scholarship will be awarded to one (1) student for the school year 2017-18.

  • The amount of the award varies from year to year because it is awarded out of endowment funds. For the 2016-17 school year the award was approximately $1,250.

  • Once the Admission and Scholarship Committee has considered all eligible students, the school will inform the honoree of the award in a timely manner and the recipient will have two weeks from notification of the award to inform the school of acceptance of this honor for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Having accepted the award, the recipient will receive recognition at an appropriate event during the school year.



Head of School Awards

In addition to our competitive merit scholarships, Carolina Day School recognizes through its Head of School Awards the contribution of current Carolina Day School students in Grade 8, as well as prospective students for Grade 9, who are likely to bring their unique gifts and talents to our community and, thereby, exemplify the mission of the school.

For current Carolina Day School Grade 8 students:

  • The Admission and Scholarship Committee will identify both current Carolina Day School students and prospective students who are likely to bring their unique gifts and talents to our community and, thereby, exemplify the mission of the school.

  • Once the Head of School and the Admission and Scholarship Committee have determined who the school will honor with an award, the school will inform the honorees, if any, of the award as early as November 2016 and the recipient will have two weeks from notification of the award to inform the school of acceptance of this honor for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Recipients will receive the award during their tenure at Upper School.

  • Having accepted the award, the recipient will receive recognition at an appropriate event during the school year.


For applicants to Carolina Day School for Grade 9:

  • The Admission and Scholarship Committee will review the applications of prospective Grade 9 students for consideration to receive a Head of School Award.

  • Once the Head of School and the Admission and Scholarship Committee have determined who the school will honor with an award, the school will notify these students of the Head of School Award with their admission decision in January or March, respectively.

  • Students whose families have demonstrated financial need may also qualify for additional tuition assistance.

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