People occasionally ask me if Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Riverdale private schools offer scholarships based purely on merit, not income.  Now I can say that yes, one does.

Léman Manhattan writes:

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is pleased to announce the establishment of ten high school scholarships to be awarded on merit and open to New York City students entering ninth, tenth or eleventh grades in September 2013. The scholarships, which will fully fund the remaining high school years of the recipients, are named in recognition of the ten members of its prestigious Advisory Board. The scholarships will be awarded to students who exemplify superior commitment to academics and community service.

Individual awards will be granted to students who demonstrate qualities and interests consistent with the accomplishments of the board member for which the scholarship is named.

Interesting decision by Léman to introduce this awards program.

Léman has a new, unproven high school which takes in international boarders, for which there is high demand from abroad, especially Asia.  To attract international and local students in the long-term, Léman needs to have a record of elite college entrance.  Locking in good students now could pay off in the future, which I believe is a strong motivating factor for this new scholarship program.

To apply,

Printable scholarship application forms are available online and must be mailed by Dec. 1, 2012 to:

Amina O’Kane, Head of Upper School Admissions
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
1 Morris Street, New York, NY 10004