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More than just a
scholarship

The Rising Hawk Scholarship is a launching pad for tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders.

Rising Hawk scholars are known for their fierce work ethic, relentless pursuit of learning, creative approach to challenges, and a commitment to their communities. 

How to Apply

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 Rising Hawk Scholarship application supplement which includes an essay and a list of extracurricular activities. The application supplement will be available in January. 

For new students entering grades 5–11

Rising Hawk FAQ

Who is eligible for a Rising Hawk Scholarship?

New students applying for eligible grades (5-11) for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible for scholarship awards.

What types of Rising 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 Rising Hawk Scholarship be awarded for multiple years?

Rising 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. 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 Rising Hawk Scholarship Application supplement which includes an essay and a list of extracurricular activities. The application supplement will be available in January. 

What are the criteria for a successful Rising Hawk Scholar?

While there is no one ideal applicant, motivated students that exhibit the characteristics of an MCDS Rising 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.

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.

 

Rising Hawk scholars benefits from:

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