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Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School is committed to a superior academic program that promotes the intellectual, spiritual, and physical development of its students. Because of this, Gwynedd is pleased to offer scholarships to young ladies who qualify.

Scholarships are offered to students who take the Entrance-Scholarship Exam that is administered at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Students must take the exam at Gwynedd to be eligible for our scholarships. Scholarships are renewable for all four years.

Click on each title below to find out more information about a specific scholarship and its requirements. Other scholarships or awards may be available on a per-year basis after enrollment.

Academic

Candidates for Academic Scholarships must exhibit excellence in academics and should have completed the entire application process. We offer one full-tuition  scholarship with a variety of additional merit-based scholarships.  

Art

Please indicate your interest in interviewing/ auditioning for music and/or art scholarships on your application. The Admissions Office will contact you after the Entrance-Scholarship Exam to schedule a time.

Art Scholarship students are an integral part of the Fine Arts Program at Gwynedd. The art portfolio that each student presents must be brought to the interview. A strong portfolio might include any of the following:

  • Self-portrait pencil drawing (mandatory)
  • Still-life colored pencil drawing
  • Landscape acrylic painting
  • Watercolor painting
  • Mixed media abstract collage
  • Ceramic sculpture and/or pottery
  • A domestic craft such as knitting, sewing, quilting, etc.
  • Printmaking
  • Photography

For further details on the Art Scholarship Requirements please visit the Art Scholarship Page.  

Music

Please indicate your interest in interviewing/ auditioning for music and/or art scholarships on your application. The Admissions Office will contact you after the Entrance-Scholarship Exam to schedule a time.

Music Scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit excellence in vocal performance, piano, or any instrument through an audition. These scholarship recipients make music their top priority, as they hone their skills and contribute to Gwynedd's thriving music program. The ideal candidates will follow the audition guidelines on the page linked below. Here, you can also find information about scholarship recipient requirements.

Piano

Audition Requirements:

  • Major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios (up to and including 4 sharps and 4 flats) to be performed at a comfortable tempo and in at least two octaves.
  •  A Bach invention or comparable Baroque selection.
  • The first movement of a sonata or higher-level sonatina by Clementi, Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven
  • A representative selection from 18th, 19th, or 20th centuries.
  • A short passage will be selected for sight-reading at the audition.

*Prior experience accompanying for school and church choirs, or for school musical productions is a plus!

Vocal

Audition Requirements:

  • Vocal exercises to display technique, intonation, and range.
  • A memorized selection from the 24 Italian Songs and Arias songbook or classical art song.
  • A contrasting classical musical theater selection.

*Students will be asked to demonstrate their aural skills by listening to short melodic phrases and singing them back with correct pitch and rhythm.

Instrumental

Audition Requirements:
 

  • 3 major scales from the following: G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb.
  • Two contrasting pieces from the traditional repertoire, appropriate to your particular instrument, that demonstrate your level of technical proficiency and musicianship. Pieces should include works from: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, or Jazz musical literature.

*A short passage will be selected for sight-reading.

For further details please visit the Music Scholarship Page.

Legacy

The Alumnae Association of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School funds a scholarship that is open to prospective freshman students with familial relationships to graduates or current students of Gwynedd. The scholarship honors the traditions of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and the work of the Alumnae Association in supporting and enhancing those traditions. In addition, an important goal of the Legacy Scholarship is to assist an incoming freshman student who might otherwise be unable to attend Gwynedd.

One Legacy Scholarship will be available for award to an incoming member of the freshman class who is accepted by the Admissions Office.

To be considered for the Legacy Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Have familial relationships to graduates or current students of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School (i.e. child, sibling, grandchild, stepchild, niece, or cousin).
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Committee, pursuant to the financial aid criteria in effect at the time of application. In order to be considered for the scholarship, all applicants must fill out a Financial Aid Application by the deadline, and must re-apply each year. Click Financial Aid for more information.
  • Submit the completed Legacy Scholarship Application and a letter of recommendation from one of the applicant’s grade school teachers, to the Gwynedd Admissions Office. Applications are due to the Admissions Office by the forms deadline.
  • Commit to perform a minimum of twenty (20) hours of service activities on behalf of the Gwynedd Advancement Office during each academic year, along with several other requirements, such as maintaining good grades, providing leadership among peers, and demonstrating good character in the Mercy Spirit.

Click Alumnae Scholarship Criteria for more information regarding eligibility and criteria.

Necessary Documents:

Application (PDF)

Recommendation Form (PDF)

Mercy Information Packet (PDF)

Maguire

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School is pleased to offer Maguire Scholarships to incoming freshmen, in partnership with the Maguire Foundation's Maguire High School Scholars' Program. All students who have applied for Financial Aid and have completed the application process are considered for this scholarship.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Committee, pursuant to the financial aid criteria in effect at the time of application. All applicants must fill out a Financial Aid Application by the deadline to be considered for the scholarship, and must re-apply each year. Click Financial Aid for more information.
  • Maintain an 85 average or above in 7th grade at the time of the application and continue that requirement through the end of her 8th grade year.
  • Have minimal unexcused absences and lateness.
  • Participate in an ongoing service and/or at least one extracurricular activity.

Students who receive a Maguire Scholarship must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Maintain an 85 general average or above by the end of each academic year.
  • Maintain ongoing involvement in service and extracurricular activities.
  • Attend an annual event hosted by the Maguire Foundation.
  • Receive Gwynedd's recommendation for continued funding by fulfilling these requirements and re-applying for Financial Aid.

Scholarship FAQs

When will I know if my daughter is eligible for an Academic, Art, or Music Scholarship?

After the Admissions Office receives the Entrance-Scholarship Exam scores, we will work with the Admissions Committee and Arts Departments to determine how many students will be interviewed for each scholarship, based on scores and a brief review of each student's file. The Admissions Office will then call to schedule an interview with each student. Legacy and Maguire Scholarships do not require interviews. Please see the description on this page for more information.

When will I know if my daughter has received a scholarship?

Applicants who receive a scholarship in the first round are notified via phone, with follow-up documentation in the mail. Any student who interviews for an Academic, Art, or Music Scholarship and does not receive it in the first round, will get an email. All scholarship offers are made in mid-November, and families are asked to accept the awards before Thanksgiving. If a student does not accept an award, Gwynedd will look to re-award the scholarship to another student if possible.

My daughter missed the Exam in October or took the test at another school. Is she still eligible for scholarships?

Unfortunately, all scholarships are only awarded to students who take the Entrance-Scholarship Exam here at Gwynedd. There are no scholarships available to late applicants or students who take the test at another school.

I'm thinking about applying for Financial Aid, but am unsure that I will qualify. What should I do?

Gwynedd always recommends filling out the Financial Aid application, even if you think you might not qualify for aid. The only way Gwynedd can award your family any Financial Aid, unique awards, or a Legacy or Maguire Scholarship, is if you apply for Financial Aid.

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