Scholarship FAQ

  • What does a Coolidge Scholarship Cover? A Coolidge Scholarship is among the most generous college scholarships available in the world. It covers a student’s full tuition, room and board, and required fees for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge Scholarship also provides an annual stipend for books and supplies.
  • How is the Coolidge Scholarship different from other scholarships? The Coolidge Scholarship is America’s “unconditional” merit scholarship, granted regardless of geographic location, race, family background, family income, area of study or university to be attended. Coolidge Scholars are named prior to university application, and can take their award to any accredited U.S. college or university where they gain admittance.
  • Why Coolidge? The only modern president who translated Dante from the Italian for amusement, Coolidge prized undergraduate education and believed it established men and women for life. “No question can be adequately comprehended without knowing its historical background,” Coolidge wrote. Mrs. Coolidge, the first professional first lady, graduated from the University of Vermont and also prized education.
  • What is the Coolidge Foundation? The Coolidge Scholars Program is a program of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. The Coolidge Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit based in Plymouth Notch, Vt., the President’s birthplace. For more information about the Coolidge Foundation, please visit: www.coolidgefoundation.org.
  • What restrictions does the Coolidge Scholarship have in regard to the university I can attend? Essentially none. The Coolidge Scholarship may be used at any accredited American college or university where the student gains admittance.
  • Does the Coolidge Scholarship guarantee me university admission? No. Students must apply directly to the university or universities they seek to attend. Receiving the Coolidge Scholarship is conditional upon gaining admittance to an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Must I pursue any particular academic major or field of study to be considered for the Coolidge Scholarship? No, the Coolidge Scholarship is open to students regardless of their intended discipline of study. Read more about the selection criteria here.
  • How old is the Coolidge Scholars Program? The Coolidge Scholars Program launched in the winter of 2016 and the inaugural class was formally inducted in July 2016. The 2017-18 application cycle will mark the third year of the Coolidge Scholarship.
  • How many Coolidge Scholars are selected each year? The Coolidge Foundation anticipates awarding two or three new Coolidge Scholarships from applications received in the 2017-18 application cycle.
  • If I am named a finalist, where will the Finalist Interview Weekend take place? The Coolidge Foundation gives each application serious consideration. Thank you for your patience as we complete this process. The Coolidge Foundation intends to name up to ten finalists who will be invited to Finalist Interview Weekend, which takes place in Woodstock, Vermont and historic Plymouth Notch, Vermont. During this weekend the ten finalists will each interview with the Coolidge Scholarship Finalist Jury. The Coolidge Scholars Program will cover the associated transportation, lodging, and meal costs for each finalist and one parent or legal guardian. Students will be notified directly should they be named a finalist.
  • Are applicants who are not named finalists still contacted? Yes. All applicants will be notified via email regarding the ultimate outcome of their application.
  • I applied to the scholarship but was never contacted about my outcome. The Coolidge Foundation notifies all applicants of their outcomes via an automated email sent to the email address the applicant provided on their application. Because the email is automated, it is sometimes blocked by spam filters.
  • I know the Coolidge Scholarship receives many applications. Is it still worth applying? Yes! Although very few candidates can win the Coolidge Scholarship, there are many benefits to applying. First, the finalists who are invited to interview but do not ultimately win the Coolidge Scholarship are eligible to receive a one-time “Finalist Award” scholarship. In addition, a larger group of top applicants to the Scholarship are designated as “Coolidge Senators” which is in itself, a very high honor. In 2016 and 2017, the Coolidge Foundation hosted a Coolidge Senators Summit in Washington D.C. during the month of August. During the Summit, students toured the nation’s capital, learned about President Coolidge, and had the chance to meet their fellow Senators from across the country. Finally, many applicants report that they are glad they applied even if they did not win because going through the Coolidge Scholarship application process positioned them well to apply to college and other scholarships.

Application FAQ

  • When is the 2018 Coolidge Scholarship Application deadline? The 2017-18 application deadline is Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM eastern standard time (please take special note of the time zone).  All application materials, including the two letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline. 
  • I have agreed to write a letter of recommendation for a student, are there any guidelines for the letter?  Thank you for agreeing to provide a letter of recommendation! Guidelines for letter writers are available here
  • The writers of my letters of recommendation have not yet uploaded their letters. Can I submit my application prior to my letter writers uploading their letters? Yes. Students can submit their applications as soon as they are ready. The letters from your letter writers are submitted through a separate portal and will be paired with your application when everything is received. Even after you have submitted your application, you can log into the portal to check the status of your recommendation letters. 
  • The second essay question asks me to read “The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge.” Where can I find a copy of this book? Coolidge’s autobiography can be accessed at most libraries and online. It can also be accessed for free, here, from Archive.org*, where it may be downloaded or viewed in the browser.                                     *Disclaimer: Archive.org is a third party site and is in no way affiliated with the Coolidge Scholars Program of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.
  • Who should I choose to write my two letters of reference? You should select one person who can speak directly to your academic abilities and one person who can speak to to your character and/or accomplishments outside of the classroom.
  • Can I list more than two letter writers on the Letters of Reference form? While the Letters of Reference form allows you to list more than two references, only the first two letters of reference that we receive will be considered. The form allows for more than two reference listings for cases where an applicant learns, after listing a reference, that the reference is unable to provide a letter.
  • I just found out that one of my letter writers, who I have already listed on the Letters of Reference form, is unable to submit their letter by the scholarship deadline. What should I do? The Letters of Reference form allows for more than two references to be listed for cases such as these. Simply go into the form and complete a third reference listing (the form allows for up to six entries).  If you have already submitted your application (and thus are unable to edit this form), please contact us at coolidgescholars@coolidgefoundation.org. We will be able to revert your submission so that you can edit your application once again.
  • One of my letter writers did not not receive an automated email after I listed them as a letter writer. What should I do? First go back to the “Letters of Reference” form and make sure that you input their email correctly. If the email is incorrect, DO NOT edit it. This will not trigger an new email to the correct address to be sent out. Instead, go back to the listing page and add the letter writer again with the “+ Add New Item” button. (We understand this will appear in your portal as a third letter writer.) If the original email address you listed is correct and your letter writer did not receive the email, please contact us at coolidgescholars@coolidgefoundation.org.
  • What should I put as the value for the “Maximum Possible Cumulative GPA” box on my application? We understand some students’ GPAs may be greater than the “Maximum Possible Cumulative GPA” if their high school gives extra weight for advanced placement and other courses. For example, a high school’s maximum possible GPA might be 4.0, but a student taking AP courses might actually have a 5.3 GPA . In this example, the student would enter 5.3 in the “Cumulative GPA” box and 4.0 for the “Maximum Possible Cumulative GPA” box. Note: the value you enter for “Cumulative GPA” should always be what’s reported on your most recent transcript.
  • Can I submit a copy of my high school transcript? Yes. If you are named a finalist, however, the Coolidge Foundation will be in touch with your high school to request an official copy of your transcript.
  • I am a homeschool student, how should I complete the application fields that relate to a traditional high school? Please refer to our guidelines for homeschool students.
  • I just realized that some of the information that I filled out on the application is incorrect or has changed. What should I do? If you realize that some piece of information that you included on your application is not accurate and you have not yet submitted your full application, you are still able to edit it. If you have already submitted, please contact us at coolidgescholars@coolidgefoundation.org. We will be able to revert your submission so that you can edit your application once again. Do NOT submit a new application.
  • I have completed the entire application and am ready to submit but the “Submit” button is inactive and won’t let me click it. What should I do? Make sure that all of your forms have been completed and submitted. If your “Honest Statement”, “Letters of Reference” or “Academic Information” forms are still listed as “In Progress” rather than “Completed”, you will not be able to submit your application. It is likely that you may have an uncompleted letter of reference listing. If this is the case, go into that form and delete it. Afterwards, you should be able to submit your application.
  • When I go to log into the application portal, the portal deletes my login information and reloads the page. What should I do? Are you using Safari as your
  • internet browser? The default privacy settings in one of the latest versions of Safari may cause problems with our portal. To resolve these issues, you can either adjust your privacy settings (see below question) or simply switch to a different browser – Google Chrome works best and Mozilla Firefox rarely has any issues.
  • How do I change my Safari Privacy settings to allow access to the application portal? To change your privacy settings in Safari, first go to Safari’s “Preferences” and select the “Privacy” tab. From there, you will see a heading that says “Cookies and website data:” with several radio buttons following it. Select the radio button the reads “Always allow”. You should now be able to log into the application portal. If you do not wish to alter your settings, we recommend that you log in using a different internet browser. The screenshot below shows the recommended Safari Privacy settings.

  • I am having technical problems logging into the application portal with my mobile device. What should I do? If you are using an iPhone or other handheld Apple device that uses Safari as its internet browser, you may encounter the same sorts of login issues described above. As mentioned before, the default privacy settings in Safari may cause problems with our portal. To change these, go to the Safari settings under the “Settings” application on the home screen of your device. Scroll down to the “Privacy and Security” settings and select the “Block Cookies” option. From here, select the “Always Allow” option. This should allow you access to the application portal from your mobile Apple device. The screenshot below shows the recommended settings.