Merit-based Scholarships

Merit-based Scholarships

CIS is committed to preparing students to succeed in college and beyond. As part of our commitment, we established the following merit-based scholarships to recognize current and new students at CIS.

CIS Fellows Program

CIS offers 10 annual fellowships to students in the Upper School. The merit-based fellowships feature a $2,000 scholarship, a $500 stipend, and the opportunity to create and execute a project related to one of five unique features of the CIS curriculum. Current and new students entering 9th through 12th grade may apply in the spring for fellowships beginning in the fall. As part of the application, the students must propose a research or service project for one of five areas. 

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fellow
  • World Languages Fellow
  • Arts Fellow
  • Global Perspectives Fellow
  • Service Learning Fellow

The $2,000 scholarship will be in addition to any other scholarships or financial aid the student might be awarded. The $500 stipend may be used to purchase needed materials/supplies, project-related travel, or other project-related expenses.

CIS fellows program description       download the cis fellows application 

New Scholars Program

The 2018-2019 New Scholars Program offers merit-based scholarships to new students entering CIS in grades 6 through 10 in the amount of $2,000 annually. One scholarship is available per grade. CIS New Scholars possess the following qualities:

  • Intellectual curiosity;
  • Exceptional academic achievement;
  • Commitment to citizenship, both local and global; and
  • High moral character.

If you are interested in realizing the incredible opportunities and engaging in the intellectual challenges that a CIS education offers and would like to be considered for the New Scholars Program, please download the New Scholars application. Completed applications must be submitted with the admissions material by Friday, April 13, 2018, to be considered for the 2018-2019 New Scholars Program. 

Download the New Scholars application

Lion’s Scholarship Program

The Lion’s Scholarship Program was created to award current, highly qualified Columbia Independent School students entering the upper school a merit-based scholarship in the amount of $1,000. One to two scholarships per grade are available for students who apply and who are entering grades 9-12 for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to be considered for a Lion’s Scholarship, applicants must do the following:

  • Return the deposit for the 2018-2019 school year by the January 31, 2018, deadline.
  • Complete a Lion’s Scholarship essay and activities list and submit to the admissions office by April 13, 2018.
  • Meet the guidelines for eligibility:
    • Upholds a commitment to citizenship and the CIS community;
    • Embodies and supports the mission of CIS; and
    • Demonstrates leadership in academic, physical, or creative endeavors.

The scholarship would be in addition to financial aid a family might otherwise receive and is renewable annually as long as the student remains in good standing at CIS.

Download the Lion’s Scholarship application