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 5–10

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


Who is eligible for a Prairie Hawk Scholarship?

New students applying for eligible grades (5-10) for the 2021-2022 school year are eligible for scholarship awards.

What types of Prairie Hawk Scholarships will be awarded?

Award levels range in size, covering some to most of the tuition in the first year. Award levels and types are at the discretion of the Prairie Hawk Scholarship committee. 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 recurring 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?

All new MCDS applicants for the following school year for grades 5–10 who apply by the deadline will be considered for the Prairie Hawk Scholarship.

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.

Madison Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. MCDS embraces and celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual identity in its educational policies, hiring and employment practices, admission policies, scholarship and grant programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.

Scholarship Application

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.

—PHS Recipient

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.

—PHS Recipient