All applicants entering grades 7 or 9 will be considered for merit-based awards. The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and application essays are used to determine award recipients. A student is eligible to receive only one type of merit award. We have two specifically named scholarships – the Excel Award and the Inspire Award. Students who do not meet the requirements for Excel or Inspire may qualify for other merit awards at the discretion of the Admission Office. Merit awards continue through graduation, and will not be altered, augmented, or replaced as long as students maintain eligibility. Merit awards are not need-based and do not need to be repaid.
Gilmour prides itself on its rigorous academic program, which prepares students for the next step in their academic journey. As such, the school seeks admission candidates who will excel in the classroom and challenge those around them to do the same. The Excel Award has been created to reward those students who demonstrate the highest level of academic potential.
Gilmour will award Excel Awards ($25,000 yearly) to up to two (2) seventh graders and up to two (2) ninth graders who demonstrate leadership traits and excel on the ISEE exam, averaging in the 93rd percentile or above. To qualify, students must have taken the ISEE and completed the application process by the December 9 deadline.
Once an Excel Award has been granted, the award will be renewed annually dependent on the recipient maintaining eligibility. Award recipients must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (reviewed annually) and remain in good disciplinary standing.
As a school that challenges each student to develop the competence and courage to make the world a better place, Gilmour honors those incoming students who are inspiring those around them through their actions.
Inspire Awards (award of up to $12,500 yearly) are granted to those well-rounded students who demonstrate high academic achievement, average in the 65th percentile or above on the ISEE, are involved in extracurriculars, and serve as role models and a source of inspiration for their peers.
Once an Inspire Award has been granted, the award will be renewed annually dependent on the recipient maintaining eligibility. Award recipients must maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average (reviewed annually), participate in at least one extracurricular activity each year, and remain in good disciplinary standing.
CURRENT GILMOUR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR MERIT AWARDS
Current Gilmour students entering seventh or ninth grade are eligible for the Excel Award and the Inspire Award. To be considered for an award, the ISEE test must be taken by December 17.