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Vail Mountain School is committed to fostering academic excellence in Eagle County and is proud to introduce two new merit scholarship opportunities for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year.

Rising Leader Scholarship

For rising 9th grade students new to Vail Mountain School, the Rising Leader Scholarship presents an exciting opportunity. This merit-based renewable scholarship will cover 80% of tuition for as long as the student maintains good standing. We believe in recognizing and nurturing the leadership potential within our community, and the Rising Scholarship reflects our dedication to empowering the next generation of leaders.

Mountain Locals Scholarship

For new K-12 applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to their school community or expressed a vision for leveraging this opportunity toward a successful future. Exclusively available to those who have been full-time residents for a minimum of 5 years in select Colorado counties, including Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, Lake, and Routt, this renewable, merit-based scholarship bestows an annual 25% tuition award, persisting throughout the student's current academic division—whether Lower, Middle, or Upper. Tailored to support local families navigating the challenges of living in ski towns, this scholarship opens the door to a premier independent school education for their children.

Vail Mountain School provides a rigorous academic curriculum complemented by a wide range of co-curricular arts and technology offerings, experiential learning, and athletics offerings, all led by expert faculty who are rapport-driven and committed to student success. These scholarships represent VMS's commitment to fostering a rich and diverse learning community in which dedicated students can thrive and achieve their full potential.

To be considered for these scholarships, an application for admission must be submitted. Within that, parents/guardians submit an essay and request 2-3 letters of recommendation from teachers, community or faith leaders, coaches, camp counselors, or other individuals familiar with your student.

The essay will highlight the student's potential to contribute positively to the school community, encompassing areas such as citizenship, academics, leadership, intellectual curiosity, or any other area of personal strength. Furthermore, we encourage insights into the student's likelihood of utilizing this opportunity as a stepping stone toward a successful future. For the Rising Leader Scholarship, a student essay about leadership is also required.

 

Thank everyone at VMS for seeing our child. Not just his grades or test scores but who he is. The priority you place on knowing him as a human plays a vital role in unlocking his academic potential. 

Upper School VMS Parent

FAQs

Who is Eligible?

Any NEW K-12 student not currently enrolled for the 2023-2024 VMS School Year is eligible for both scholarships. The Rising Leader Scholarship is specifically for rising 9th grade students.

Will these Scholarships continue through my student's VMS career?

The Scholarship Awards are renewable throughout the merit-scholars' tenure in their current division, provided the student remains in good standing. Lower School and Middle School students can reapply for this scholarship as they advance to the next division.

Can Scholarship Award recipients also apply for Tuition Assistance?

Yes! Both new scholarships are compatible with need-based Tuition Assistance awards for eligible families.

Is there a deadline to apply?

For priority consideration, we recommend completing your applications by January 31, 2024. However, we will accept completed applications through March 31, 2024.

How do I Apply?

The application process can be completed online at www.vms.edu/apply.

To apply for the Rising Leader Scholarship:

  1. Apply to Vail Mountain School at www.vms.edu/apply
  2. Complete the Student Essay. Pick one topic from the below: 
    - Explain what leadership means to you and how you would leverage a VMS education to advance it. 
    - Discuss why strong leaders are important to you, the role they play, and how that translates into action.
  3. Request 2-3 letters of recommendation from teachers, community or faith leaders, coaches, camp counselors, or individuals outside of the family setting who can tell us about how the applicant demonstrates the qualities of leadership and provide insights into the ways in which they exhibit leadership qualities.

To apply for the Mountain Locals Scholarship:

  1. Apply to Vail Mountain School at www.vms.edu/apply
  2. Complete the Parent/Guardian Essay. VMS wants to learn about your child’s potential ability to make positive contributions to their school and community. 
  3. Request 2-3 letters of recommendation from teachers, community or faith leaders, coaches, camp counselors, or individuals outside of the family setting who know your student well.
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