We're looking for the kind of young men who will:

ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS, INVENT BETTER SOLUTIONS, BREAK THE RECORD, DELIVER THE SPEECH, MAKE HIS TEACHERS PROUD, DISCOVER THE CURE, SUPPORT HIS FRIEND, DO THE RIGHT THING, MEET THE CHALLENGE, DEVISE THE PLAN, SUMMON THE COURAGE, STAND FOR THE TRUTH, FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT, INSPIRE THE TEAM, VOLUNTEER TO HELP, GO THE EXTRA MILE, STRENGTHEN THE COMMUNITY, PROTECT THE PLANET, ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE, SEIZE THE DAY, AND FORGE HIS OWN PATH.

Is this you or someone you know?

The Jarvis Scholarship

University School is awarding fully funded, four-year scholarships to ten rising ninth-grade young men, regardless of family income. The Jarvis Scholarship is a merit-based award given to students who excel academically.

We are looking for help in finding the most promising candidates in Greater Cleveland. This includes young men of all ambitions—scholars, artists, musicians, athletes, and entrepreneurs.

Candidates for a Jarvis Scholarship will progress through three rounds of the application process and will complete two test assessments, several essays, an interview with a member of the selection committee, and attend a special event for finalists.

The application process is now open for boys entering ninth grade in fall 2023.

A completed Jarvis Scholar Application includes:
  • Official Application
  • Student Visit
  • Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Personal Recommendation
  • School Transcript
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
  • Two Jarvis Scholar Essays
All items for the application are available through the online admission portal.

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The Legacy of a Legendary Educator

Beloved friend and teacher, Rev. Tony Jarvis joined the University School upper school faculty in 1967 and taught English, history, and philosophy, later serving as Chairman of the History Department and then Upper School Director of Studies. Rev. Jarvis' guiding philosophy is memorialized in our school’s mission in that "each boy is known and loved." He instilled confidence in his students, and his students knew that they were essential to the school community – that they belonged. Rev. Jarvis went on to lead The Roxbury Latin School for 30 years until his retirement. During his lifetime he inspired hundreds of boys and was grateful for each opportunity. “I know that I can sometimes actually make a difference in a boy’s life," he said in 2001. "And that is the greatest feeling in the world.” His compassion, selflessness, and brilliance serve as a guiding light for the modern-day University School teacher.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What are steps for applying to be a Jarvis Scholar?

    Candidates for a Jarvis Scholarship will progress through 3 rounds of the application process.

    Round 1: 
    * These three requirements of the traditional application process are waived for eighth graders who are enrolled at University School.

    Round 2:
    All eligible students will be notified and asked to attend an additional on-campus (evening or weekend) session where they will sit for a school ability test (Otis Lennon) and also be interviewed by a committee member.
    Both the Otis Lennon and the interviews will take place between January 17-26, 2023.

    Round 3:
    Selected students will be invited to conclude the Jarvis Scholarship application process at a final on-campus event. This event will take place on campus - Sunday, February 5, 11:00a-2:00p.
  • Are current US students eligible?

    Yes!  Any eighth-grade boy in Greater Cleveland is eligible.  The process for current US students varies slightly.  Find out more by filling out the "Sign Up" form on this page.
  • Is family income a consideration?

    No. The Jarvis Scholarship is a merit-based award given to boys who excel academically, regardless of family income.
  • How much is the scholarship?

    The Jarvis Scholarship is a fully funded, four-year award.  This covers the full cost of tuition.
  • How many Jarvis Scholars will there be?

    University School will be awarding 10 scholarships each year to rising ninth-grade boys.
Questions?  Send us an email or call at (216) 292-2149.

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
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Phone: 216-321-8260

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2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved. 
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