Rudenstine Scholarship Program

Exceptional Scholars Wanted

The Rudenstine Scholarship Program exists to bring academically exceptional students with notable potential and passion for leadership, the fine and performing arts, athletics and/or service to the Upper School at Wooster. Students selected as Rudenstine Scholars will receive up to $10,000 to defray the cost of a Wooster education. Rudenstine Scholarships are applied after a variable tuition rate is set.

Admission Criteria

In order to be considered for a Rudenstine Scholarship, applicants must complete the supplementary application that is included with the standard Wooster application. Only students applying for admission into the 9th or 10th grades will be considered. Scholarships will be awarded based upon demonstrated achievement and potential for future development in the areas of academics, fine and performing arts, athletics, leadership, and service. Candidates who are not selected to receive an award will still be given full consideration for admission to Wooster. Because a primary purpose of the Rudenstine Scholarship Program is to broaden the reach of Wooster School, current Wooster families are not eligible to apply.

Who are potential Rudenstine Scholars?

Wooster has always expected its students to be “gentle, generous, truthful, kind and brave” - characteristics that we associate with future leaders and change-makers in our society. In addition to these fundamental characteristics, Rudenstine Scholars should embody the following:


Successful applicants will have an academic record which places them at or near the top of their current school class, with the potential to become the kind of thinker that Wooster aspires to develop.

Athletics/Fine and Performing Arts:

It is important that Rudenstine Scholarship applicants have a demonstrated passion in an area outside of academics, and a track record that illustrates their passion leading to hard work, resiliency and achievement in that area.


While this is often an area in which young people are just emerging, candidates for the Rudenstine Scholarships should posses the potential to be leaders and change-makers on the Wooster campus and beyond.

Timeline for Submission of Documents

At Wooster we feel very strongly that candidates for admission should visit the school prior to submitting an application. We would encourage any student interested in a Rudenstine Scholarship to call and arrange a visit at his or her earliest convenience. Applicants must pay close attention to the deadlines for submission of the Wooster application and any other attendant documentation.

Supplemental Rudenstine Scholarship materials

Timeline: Rudenstine Scholarship applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Evidence of achievement in various areas may be submitted or provided through performance-based evaluations. All scholarship finalists will be interviewed on campus.

Rudenstine Scholarships are renewed annually and are contingent upon the student's strong academic performance, conduct, and contributions to the Wooster School community. Students receiving Rudenstine Scholarships may also apply for Variable Tuition. For more information, please visit the Affording page, or contact the Office of Admission at (203) 830-3916.


The Rudenstine Scholarships are given in honor of the family of Mae and Harry Rudenstine, whose three sons attended Wooster School on similar scholarships and have gone on to distinguish themselves both by their accomplishments and their contributions to society. The eldest son, Neil, is the former President of Harvard University and current Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Public Library. His brother David was the Dean of, and is currently a Professor of Law at, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. The youngest brother, Roy, was an architect with the firm of Bevins Consultants in Chicago before his untimely death in 1992. All three Rudenstine boys were recipients of scholarships to Wooster and the new Rudenstine Scholarships are designed to afford the same opportunity to deserving young people today.

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