• Trouble uploading your reference letter for an applicant? Simply attach your letter in an email to and put the name of the applicant as the subject. We will make sure your letter is connected with the applicant’s application. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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 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:
  • 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 2016-17 application cycle will mark the second year of the Coolidge Scholarship.
  • How many Coolidge Scholars are selected each year? The Coolidge Foundation anticipates awarding two new Coolidge Scholarships from applications received in the 2016-17 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 of the ultimate outcome of their application.

Application FAQ

  • When is the 2017 Coolidge Scholarship Application deadline? The 2016-17 Application will close February 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM EASTERN TIME. All application materials, including the two letters of recommendation, must be received by this time. Please especially note the time zone.
  • Since the application deadline, I have new information to add to my application. Am I able to? The Coolidge Foundation is not able to add new information to applications after the submission deadline.
  • I have agreed to write a letter of recommendation for a student, are there any guidelines for the letter? Where do I upload my letter when it is complete. Thank you for agreeing to provide a letter of recommendation! Guidelines for letter writers are available here. Your completed letter should be uploaded at the link below, using the email address and password you received from us via email:
  • The writers of my letters of recommendation have not yet uploaded their letters. Can I submit my application prior to my recommenders uploading their letters? Yes. Students can submit their applications as soon as they are ready. The letters from your recommenders are submitted through a separate portal and will be paired with your application when everything is received.
  • The second essay question asks me to read “The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge”. Where can I find a copy of it? Coolidge’s autobiography can be accessed at most libraries and online. It can also be accessed for free, here, from*, where it may be downloaded or viewed in the browser.                                     *Disclaimer: is a third party site and is in no way affiliated with the Coolidge Scholars Program of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.
  • The application asks me to list a teacher and community member to submit a letter of reference on my behalf. What counts as a “teacher” and what counts as a “community member”? The teacher reference letter must come from any current or former teacher who has taught you in an academic setting (i.e. school). The community member reference is more general; it can come from anyone who has not taught you in an academic setting. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, principles, employers, coaches, religious leaders, non-academic instructors, research professors, guidance counselors, etc. Please note that only two letters of reference may be submitted.
  • 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 for instance. 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. However, if you are named a finalist, 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, please contact us at with the information that is incorrect and what it should be changed to. We can easily correct the information from our end. Do NOT submit a new 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.