Start here. Fly high. Soar through a world of possibilities... Be a Prairie Hawk Scholar.
The MCDS Prairie Hawk Scholarship is more than just a scholarship—it is a launching pad for tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders.
For new students entering grades 5–11
MCDS Prairie Hawk scholars are known for their
- fierce work ethic
- relentless pursuit of learning
- creative approach to challenges
- commitment to their communities
MCDS delivers Prairie Hawk scholars the benefits of
- personalized attention from smaller class sizes
- world-proven curriculum producing critical thinkers and effective communicators
- talented, passionate faculty dedicated to each student’s success
- appreciation for diversity within a community of engaged fellow students
- great opportunities for admissions to and success in college and beyond
- limitless boundaries for how high you can fly
Steps to Apply
Two steps are required.
1. Complete an application for entry to MCDS available online here. The application includes submission of recent grade reports, test scores, and a class visit.
2. Complete a Prairie Hawk Scholarship Application supplement here which includes an essay and a list of extracurricular activities.
Who is eligible for a Prairie Hawk Scholarship?
New students applying for eligible grades (5-11) for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible for scholarship awards.
What types of Prairie Hawk Scholarships will be awarded?
Award levels range in size . Award types include renewable (through graduation from MCDS High School) and one-time awards.
Can a Prairie Hawk Scholarship be awarded for multiple years?
Prairie Hawk Scholarships may take the form of one-time or renewable financial awards. Recipients will be notified of the award type and amount.
Are there other types of tuition assistance available?
Yes. When you apply to the school, you can also apply for MCDS Financial Aid. Note that the deadline for both programs is the same. MCDS Financial Aid is awarded on a single-year basis, so families apply each year.
What are the steps for applying?
Two steps are required. First, complete an application for entry to MCDS available online here. The application includes submission of recent grade reports, test scores, and a class visit. Second, complete a Prairie Hawk Scholarship Application supplement here which includes an essay and a list of extracurricular activites.
What are the criteria for a successful Prairie Hawk Scholar?
While there is no one ideal applicant, motivated students that exhibit the characteristics of an MCDS Prairie Hawk Scholar—fierce work ethic, relentless pursuit of learning, creative approach to challenges, commitment to their communities—are strongly encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Committee will review applicants’ academic history, involvement in activities, writing sample, and recommendations to assess the above criteria.
Thank you for your interest in the Prairie Hawk Scholarship. Please contact Keri Allard in the MCDS Enrollment Office for the scholarship application.
My time at MCDS has been awesome. At my old school I was teased for being smart. At MCDS everyone is accepted and appreciated for who they are. You can be yourself without worrying about what other people think. Everyone at MCDS is so friendly I had no trouble making friends. They made me feel like I belonged. I’m learning so many new and amazing things and having lots of fun.
The impact you all have had on our daughter is immeasurable and has truly been life-altering. In two short years we have witnessed her blossom into a confident, vibrant, and inspired young woman. Her teachers have been so much more than instructors for her; they have been empowering mentors. We will be forever grateful for the role MCDS has played in her transformation and for the foundation it has provided for her future.
—Parent of PHS Recipient
Here at MCDS I’ve learned that learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. It can happen anywhere with teachers or friends. I love that I can actually talk to my teachers outside of class without making an appointment. I hear their stories, and I feel like they are actual people with whom I can connect. Just this week, I talked to Mr. Eaton about a new battery system that can hold an enormous amount of electrons. I could learn about Algebra, World War II, and about the phases of the moon at any other school, but there’s something about MCDS that makes learning just a part of what we do everyday, not just behind a desk. It’s all due to the people here; that’s why MCDS is so special to me.