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

For new students entering grades 5–11


Rising Hawk Scholars are known for

 fierce work ethic

 relentless pursuit of learning

 creative approach to challenges

 a commitment to their communities


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Stretch your wings. Apply today.

Submission deadline: 

February 15
(Receive decision by March 1)

March 15
(Receive decision by April 1)


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Rising Hawk FAQ

Who is eligible for a Rising Hawk Scholarship?

New students applying for grades 5–11 for the 2024–2025 school year are eligible for scholarship awards.

What types of Rising Hawk Scholarships will be awarded?

Award types include renewable and one-time awards. Award levels are at the discretion of the Rising Hawk Scholarship committee.

Can a Rising Hawk Scholarship be awarded for multiple years?

Rising 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 MCDS, you can also apply for Financial Assistance through Clarity. Note that it is strongly encouraged to use the same deadline for both: apply by February 15, receive notification of award by March 1; apply by March 15 receive notification of award by April 1. MCDS Financial Aid is awarded on a single-year basis, so families apply each year.

What are the steps for applying?

  1. Complete the application for admission (available online here)and pay the application fee.

  2. Submit all required materials for admission (see requirements here).

  3. Submit the Rising Hawk Scholarship Supplement, which includes an essay question and list of extracurricular activities.

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, essay, 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 benefit 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