STEAM Scholarships

Freshman applicants may apply for STEAM Scholarships for the 2019-20 school year.  

STEAM Scholarships will be awarded annually to support our school's vision while we develop our secondary school programs in each of the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Students must complete the admissions process and submit the STEAM Scholarship application and materials by December 14, 2018 for full consideration.

Scholarships will be awarded by a confidential committee whose decisions are final.  All, some, part or none of the scholarship funds will be awarded by January 18, 2019.  

STEAM scholarships will be awarded based on a review of the applicant’s STEAM Scholarship essay and supporting materials by the scholarship committee, the applicant’s interview with the scholarship committee, the applicant’s admissions application and acceptance to the Freshman class, and the availability of scholarship funds.

The committee reserves the right to award scholarships earlier than the application deadline in cases where the application clearly warrants early consideration. The school reserves the right to extend the STEAM Scholarship application deadline based on the quality of applications received and availability of funds.

The acceptance of the scholarship award is a binding agreement between the school and the family to support the student’s endeavors in the area of study for which the scholarship is provided.  Scholarship recipients commit to developing the relevant aspect of the STEAM program in collaboration (not competition) with our students and faculty.

Available Scholarships

STEAM scholarship submissions must include an essay describing the applicant’s interest in the selected subject area and include at least one subject-specific goal for the academic year. Applicants may submit up to three examples of supporting materials; e.g. videos, photos, digital files, documents, websites or portfolio selections.

HIS Science Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a strong interest and aptitude for a single scientific discipline or multiple scientific disciplines. Applicant must submit materials that prove his/her ability to use the Scientific Method: formulate an important question, do background research, construct a hypothesis, test that hypothesis, gather/analyze data to draw a conclusion, and communicate the results.

HIS Technology Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate innovative uses of technology, contributions to the tech field, experience and proficiency in logic and computational thinking, and strong interest or achievement in programming, 3D modeling, coding or similar disciplines. Scholarships will be awarded based on examples of previous work or compelling design concepts. Applicant must detail his/her exact role and contribution to the projects that are submitted as supporting material.

HIS Engineering Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a strong interest in research and design, an aptitude for critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills. Applicant must submit materials that prove his/her ability to use the Engineering Design Process: define a problem, do background research, specify requirements, brainstorm solutions, choose the best solution, do development work, build a prototype, then test and redesign. Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of previous engineering projects with descriptions of the engineering challenges.

HIS Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate significant achievement in any of the following areas: visual arts, media arts, theater performance, theater stagecraft, or instrumental arts. Applicant must submit visual portfolio or performance video. Instrumentalists’ and vocalists’ submissions require accompaniment. Stagecraft submissions may include a portfolio of images for set design, lighting or other production activities and/or video of live audio production or stage direction of final performances or rehearsals. Auditions and/or interviews are required for all finalists.

HIS Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional ability in high-level mathematics courses. High standardized test scores and math teacher recommendations with coursework details are required for this award. Applicants must also include a written piece describing what they hope to pursue in mathematics in their future educational careers. Finalists may be asked to discuss or attempt to solve math challenges during the interview.

How to Apply

Complete the Freshman Application with all supporting documents.

  • Recent report card or official transcript

  • Official score report for ERB, SSAT, PSAT, SAT or ACT

  • Three letters of recommendation (current Math teacher and Language Arts Teacher, and one other credible non-relative source, preferably discipline-related)

  • Legal identification and health records

  • I20 required documentation and English as foreign language test scores (TOEFL) if applicable (international students)

Complete the STEAM Scholarship form and upload supporting documents.

  • Submit an essay describing your interest, accomplishments and goals related to one of the five STEAM categories and supporting materials before Dec. 14, 2018

  • Attend a shadow day with the current HIS eighth grade class

  • Attend interviews with the headmaster, admissions director, curriculum director and an HIS faculty member specializing in the applicant’s selected STEAM discipline

Applicants will be notified of awards by Jan. 18, 2019. Scholarships will be reviewed and renewed each year based on academic evaluation and community engagement.


STEAM Scholarships are designed to:

  • attract students with high aptitude in STEAM

  • engage our learning community in developing high level programs, centered around exercising our students’ critical thinking and real-world problem-solving, in the five interdisciplinary areas of STEAM

  • augment all other aspects of our secondary school programs

Students who contribute leadership and a high level of scholastic achievement will have an opportunity to renew their scholarships for up to four (4) years of secondary school.


STEAM Scholarships can be used in combination with need-based tuition assistance or other financial incentives e.g. Founders discount, sibling discount, or early-pay incentives.

Students may apply for multiple STEAM Scholarships, but only one subject area per application.

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