Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships
Interested in joining Highland's Upper School? We offer two generous merit scholarship programs for students entering grades nine through twelve. They consist of two distinct programs, our Founders Scholarship and our Piedmont Scholarship programs.

Click on the expanding boxes below to learn more:

The Founder’s Scholarship

Highly competitive scholarship for top students
Highland’s Founder’s Scholarship is a highly competitive academic scholarship for rising freshmen. Candidates must submit admission applications by January 31 of their 8th grade year. Awards are made each year during the first round of admission.  

Founder’s Scholarship candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and earn a total scaled score of 2000 or higher on the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). SSAT testing is administered at Highland in December and January each year.

Click here to view and download complete details on our Founder's Scholarship program as Adobe Acrobat file 

Click here to view and download our Founder's Scholarship timeline as Adobe Acrobat file

The Piedmont Scholarship

Designed specifically to help new students
The Piedmont Scholarship program was developed to attract students with varied talents and areas of interest. Piedmont Scholarships are available to qualified students entering any grade in Highland’s Upper School and are awarded throughout the school year.  

Application from students who apply for admission before January 31 will be given priority, but please don’t let this discourage you from inquiring about availability.

Click here to view and download complete details on our Piedmont Scholarship program as Adobe Acrobat file

Meet some of our recent Piedmont Scholarship recipients

We’re here to help
Managing the cost of tuition is a consideration for every family interested in an independent school education. It is our goal to provide you with a confidential, transparent process that allows you to evaluate your ability to manage this investment and sustain your child’s enrollment at Highland School. 

To learn more about how we can help you afford a Highland School education, please contact Donna Tomlinson, Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance at 540-878-2740 or send email to


powered by finalsite