The US Merit Scholar Program

The US Merit Scholar Program encourages the best and brightest boys in the area to join our community. Students with the highest marks and top scores will be considered. Awards range from $2,500 to $15,000. The University School Merit Scholar Program recognizes those boys who have distinguished themselves as outstanding scholars and citizens.

Students will be chosen to apply based on standardized test scores (the Independent School Entrance Exam or the Secondary School Admission Test for applicants who are not in the US 8th grade class) and past academic achievements. Students will be invited to the Hunting Valley campus for an afternoon of showcasing programs in the sciences, the humanities, and the arts. During their time on campus, the boys will be interviewed by a selection committee and sit for a writing exercise.

A boy who attends this event is automatically identified as a semifinalist for the US Merit Scholar Program, and he will receive a $500 voucher for his tuition at University School.

Based on the determination of our selection committee, University School will be awarding four-year grants starting at $2,500 per year. Students must maintain a high academic average, display excellent citizenship, and maintain a strong investment in the life of the school in order to continue to receive the award during their four years of high school.

Our application process at University School considers the personal and academic strengths of candidates, such that all of our students naturally meet an elevated standard of excellence. The US Merit Scholar Program recognizes students who continue to stand out for academic performance, even among a student body made up of high achievers. For more information about our merit program at University School, please call or email Christina Townsend-Hartz.

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Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
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.