Leadership Scholarship


Leadership Scholarship for New High School Students 

This scholarship celebrates exceptional students who desire a greater awareness of themselves and their life’s possibilities, and who want to work towards reaching their full potential in a global and complex world. Recipients of the Leadership Scholarship for High School Students will receive up to 50% off the regular high school tuition rate.*

Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • High school students who do not attend EMS and will enter grades 9 through 12 in the next school year.
  • A GPA of 3.5 or above for students currently in high school; students who will enter Grade 9 will be evaluated based on middle school grades and SOL proficiency; homeschool students will be evaluated based on review of course content and course work/testing.
  • Excellent character, strong communications skills, a service orientation, and a desire to participate in an active school community.     
  • Demonstrated leadership in student’s current school, congregation, and/or community organization.
  • Current participation in a co-curricular activity such as sports, drama, music, band, etc.
  • An appreciation for the interconnectedness of all people and a desire to make an impact on society.

To apply please:

  1. Complete the online application. (Additional documents are also required for admission and include references and school transcripts.)  
  2. Submit an essay, no more than 250 words, about leadership to EMS admissions office (admissions@easternmennoniteschool.org). Choose one of the following prompts:
    • How does a positive attitude play a role in leadership? Describe a leader you know who has responded to a challenge in a positive way.
    • Who is a leader you admire? Describe a person you know or someone you would like to know. How does he or she inspire you?
    • Are leaders born with leadership qualities or are those skills developed?
    • Describe a global or local issue you feel passionately about, and explain how you could lead others to follow your cause.
  3. Schedule a personal interview with EMS admissions counselor:
    • Marsha Thomas, 540-236-6021 -or-  thomasm@easternmennoniteschool.org
Deadline for applications is March 15. One or more recipients of this scholarship will be chosen. Recipients will be notified beginning April 1.  



EMS offers excellent academics from a foundation of faith and values in a caring community with a global perspective. The school was established in 1917 and now serves nearly 400 students K-12.


*Tuition rate is calculated based on applicable tuition reductions. Schlarship discount will be applied after reductions are calculated. Families who qualify for additional tuition discounts will pay at minimum $1,000 in tuition. Not included are the general fee, capital improvement fee, school lunches, field trips, athletic charges, and other expenses incurred throughout the school year.