Sibley Scholarship

Sibley Scholarship awards provide financial assistance to students who could not otherwise attend a Pre-College program due to cost.

Sibley Scholarship

Sibley Scholarship awards are named in honor of former Dean and Vice President Karen Sibley who led the development and growth of Brown’s Pre-College programs from 2003-2019, including significant increases in financial assistance to students who could not otherwise attend due to cost.  Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Need is determined by considering several factors, including:

  • family income
  • family size
  • savings and investments
  • housing and educational expenses

Please note that all students—including Sibley Scholarship recipients (but excluding PPSD and Partner Scholarship Recipients)—are required to submit a $300 non-refundable program deposit to secure a spot in the summer program. If financial assistance is essential to your ability to attend the program, we recommend that you wait to pay the $300 non-refundable deposit until you have received your scholarship award decision.

Students will be able to apply for a Sibley Scholarship as soon as the application is available in the Financial Information tab of their Student Portal. Although the scholarship application will be available for completion before an admission decision is made, application review will only begin if/when a student is admitted. Scholarship information is reviewed confidentially by the scholarship team only and does not influence admission decisions. 

In order to qualify for a Sibley Scholarship, you must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, or hold undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status and be enrolled in a U.S. high school
  • demonstrate financial need (tax forms and W2s will be required for submission)
  • be accepted into a Brown Pre-College Program
  • complete an application, which includes uploading any required documentation by the application deadline

International students are not eligible for Sibley Scholarships.

Application deadline: February 5, 2021.

Scholarship funds are likely to be exhausted before this deadline in 2021. Apply as early as possible. 

Scholarship applicants will be considered for aid once a completed application and all supporting materials have been submitted. An award notification schedule is posted in the Financial Information tab of the Student Portal.

Award amounts vary depending on the family’s calculated ability to pay and the cost of the program/course. Minimally, all students must pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit.

  • Sibley Scholarships may only be applied to one course per year, regardless of the number of courses a student enrolls in
  • Sibley Scholarships are applied to program fees only. For on-campus residential programs, program fees include the course fee, meals and housing. For Location-Based programs, program fees include the course fee (which includes meals and housing). For online programs, program fees include the course fee only

Sibley Scholarships do not cover

  • course materials
  • Brown-sponsored health insurance (if student does not already have proof of domestic insurance)
  • pre-arrival COVID-19 testing and vaccinations (if required)
  • spending money (for shopping, off campus snacks, etc.), travel to and from campus or a Location-Based site and other related travel expenses

Upon submission of a Pre-College application, a financial aid application link will become available in the Financial Information tab of the Student Portal.

Required Materials

The required materials to be completed in, or uploaded to, the Student Portal are:

  • a Sibley Scholarship application
  • parents’ or guardians’ filed and signed 2019 or 2020 federal tax return showing adjusted gross income (include a copy of each parent’s tax return, if filed separately)
  • copies of all W-2(s) from the same year as the submitted tax return
  • schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business, (or K-1) if the taxpayer is self-employed

Please note:

  • Only the first two pages of a Form 1040 tax return are required, with the “Profit or Loss from Business” page needed only if the taxpayer is self-employed
  • Do not include any other supplemental schedules, as they are not required for financial aid determination
  • Please strike out all social security numbers and bank routing information on your tax documentation before uploading

If offered a Sibley Scholarship, you will accept the award by paying your $300 non-refundable deposit and registering for a course within the time period indicated in your award letter. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the award.