Eligibility Requirements

  • 2021 Coolidge Scholarship applicants must intend to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university as an undergraduate for the first time in fall 2022. That is to say, students in their junior year of high school, or the equivalent if home schooled, are eligible to apply. (Students who are currently high school juniors but take some courses at a local college are indeed eligible to apply for the Coolidge Scholarship.)
  • 2021 Coolidge Scholarship applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States of America by the 2021 scholarship deadline.
  • 2021 Coolidge Scholarship applicants cannot be the immediate family member of any current employee or trustee of the Coolidge Scholars Program or the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

Eligibility FAQ

  • I’m an international student, am I eligible to apply for the Coolidge Scholarship? The Coolidge Scholarship is only open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents currently attending high school abroad are indeed eligible to apply. 
  • I currently am a high school junior, but take some courses at a local college, am I still eligible to apply? Yes, indeed! You must simply confirm that you intend to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university for the first time in fall 2022.
  • I am a current high school junior intending to take a gap year after high school, and therefore plan to begin college after the fall 2022. Am I eligible? No, only current high school juniors intending to enroll as full-time undergraduates for the first time in fall 2022 are eligible to apply for the 2021 scholarship. No exceptions to this rule can be made. 
  • I am a current high school senior, am I eligible to apply? No, only current high school juniors intending to enroll as undergraduates full-time for the first time in fall 2022 are eligible to apply for the 2021 scholarship. No exceptions to this rule can be made. 
  • I am a current high school senior intending to take a gap year before beginning college, am I eligible to apply? No, only current high school juniors are eligible to apply. No exceptions to this rule can be made.