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LC Scholars Program

A select cadre of incoming freshman who demonstrate an exceptional pattern of achievement, leadership qualities, and a predisposition to favorably impact the common good are named to the LC Scholars Program. Through this program, Scholars are given ongoing mentorship, a funded international travel experience, summer enrichment, and more. Each year, Loomis enrolls approximately six freshmen as LC Scholars, a distinction they hold throughout their four years at Loomis. All 9th grade applicants will automatically be considered for this program.


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Community of Scholars

LC Scholars experience numerous enrichment and leadership opportunities and participate in meetings with each other, the head of school, and other leaders in the community during the course of their four years on the Island. LC Scholars will be encouraged to pursue additional enrichment opportunities through the Norton Family Center for the Common Good and the Alvord Center for Global Studies & Environmental Studies.


During the summer between sophomore and junior years, LC Scholars receive a funded opportunity to travel abroad either through the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies or another comparable program of the scholar’s choosing. In recent years, LC Scholars have traveled to Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Fiji, Ghana, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Thailand, and more.

Summer Program

LC Scholars are invited to attend the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program (LCSP) for either three or five weeks tuition-free prior to the start of their freshman year. This opportunity positions freshman Scholars to thrive the moment they arrive in September for the academic year while also providing them with the chance to interact, bond, and study alongside with other current and incoming students.

College Matriculation

Since 2012, LC Scholars have matriculated to highly-selective colleges and universities, including Brown, Colby, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Princeton, Pomona, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Stanford, Wellesley, Williams, and Yale.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to be selected as an LC Scholar?

Every 9th grade applicant will be considered for the LC Scholars program automatically. 

Should I submit supplementary materials in order to enhance my chances for this program?

No. Decisions will be based on the information in your admission file.

What criteria is used to select the LC Scholars?

Selection of LC Scholars will based on academic credentials, intellectual curiosity, social and extracurricular engagement, and leadership potential.

How will I find out if I am selected as an LC Scholar?

LC Scholars will be notified when admission decision letters are mailed on March 10.

Can my child apply to be an LC Scholar if he/she is applying for 10th or 11th grade?

No. The LC Scholars are selected from the 9th grade applicant pool and they enter the school enter together as freshman.

My family is worried about paying for an independent school education. Will this program help us afford Loomis Chaffee?

Yes. We do not want finances to limit your Loomis experience. Therefore, LC Scholars receive a laptop and stipend to defray the cost of books and other fees. If your family applies and qualifies for need-based financial aid, you are eligible for additional funding to defray the cost of tuition.

If my family does not need financial aid, am I still eligible to become an LC Scholar?

Yes. Students whose families can afford the Loomis tuition can be named LC Scholars. In this case, the Scholar will receive a laptop and stipend to defray the cost of books and other fees, but no reduction in the cost of tuition.

How do I learn more about the Summer Program experience for LC Scholars?

Jim O’Donnell, Director of the LCSP and Co-Director of the LC Scholars Program, can be reached via phone (860.687.6279) or email (Jim_Odonnell@loomis.org) to discuss this opportunity.