Sibley Scholarships

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

The 2024 Sibley Scholarship application deadline has passed. The application is now closed.

Sibley Scholarship awards provide need-based financial assistance to qualified students, on a first come-first served basis, until scholarship funds are exhausted.

Sibley Scholarship awards are named in honor of former Dean Karen Sibley who led the development and growth of Brown’s Pre-College programs from 2003-2019. During that time, Dean Sibley was instrumental in significantly increasing the financial assistance available to students for whom the cost of the program would prohibit their ability to participate. 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 deposit to secure a spot in the Pre-College 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.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be able to apply for a Sibley Scholarship as soon as you submit your program application. At that time, a link to the scholarship application will become available in the Financial Information tab of your student portal. Although the scholarship application will be available for completion before an admission decision is made, a scholarship decision will only be sent to you if you are admitted to the program. 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. school
  • demonstrate financial need (tax forms and W-2s will be required for submission)
  • be accepted into the Brown Pre-College Program
  • complete a Sibley Scholarship application, which includes uploading any required documentation by the scholarship application deadline.

International students are not eligible for Sibley Scholarships.

Scholarship Application deadline: March 15, 2024.

  • Upon submission of your Pre-College program admissions application, a scholarship application link will become available in the Financial Information tab of your student portal.
  • You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as scholarship funds are limited and are disbursed on a first-applied-first-awarded basis, until funds are depleted, which could occur before the scholarship application submission deadline.
  • We cannot guarantee that all applicants who apply for aid will receive scholarship assistance.
  • Award notifications are sent out by email to admitted students on a rolling basis, usually within 3 to 5 business days of when we receive your completed scholarship application (including all required forms). Scholarship award notifications will not be sent out before an admission decision is released.

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

  • Sibley Scholarships may only be applied to one course per year, regardless of the number of courses you enroll in.
  • Sibley Scholarships are applied to program fees only. For on-campus residential programs, program fees include the course fee, meals, housing and access to the fitness/athletic/aquatics centers. For on-campus Summer@Brown and Leadership Institute students who select the commuter option, program fees include the course fee, one on-campus meal per day and access to the fitness/athletic/aquatics centers. For Brown Experiential Education (BEE) programs and off-campus Brown Environmental Leadership Labs (BELL), 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 and textbooks (if any)
  • supplemental fees (if any)
  • Brown-sponsored limited accident and sickness, short-term insurance (which is required only if you do not provide proof that you have health insurance that is accepted in the U.S.)
  • spending money (for shopping, off-campus snacks, purchases of a personal nature etc.)
  • travel to and/from Brown’s campus or a BELL or BEE program site, and other related travel expenses.

Upon submission of a Pre-College application, a scholarship application link will become available in the Financial Information tab of your student portal.

Required Materials

The required materials to be completed in, or uploaded to, your student portal are:

Please note:

  • Only the first two pages of a Form 1040 tax return are required.
  • Do not include any other supplemental schedules unless “Other Income” is reported in Line 8 of Form 1040. Required additional schedules may include Schedule 1, Schedule C, Schedule E or Schedule F, depending on the type of “Other Income” listed in Line 8 of Form 1040 (see link above).  
  • U.S. citizens living/working outside of the U.S. who do not file a U.S. tax return should submit a letter from their employer verifying their annual salary (in English, in U.S. dollars) in place of the tax return. 
  • If your parents are divorced or file taxes separately for another reason, you should upload the tax documents for both parents.
  • Please strike out all social security numbers and bank routing information on your tax documentation before uploading.
  • If you have any special circumstances which the scholarship team should consider during their review, please upload a letter of explanation (and supporting documentation, if applicable) in the documentation upload section of the application (in any field).  
  • When you submit your scholarship application you will not receive a specific notification of receipt, however, when you return to the Financial Information page in your student portal you will notice that the application link has disappeared. This means your application has been successfully submitted. 
  • The scholarship team may request additional information/documentation if clarification is needed in order to determine your scholarship eligibility. If this happens, we will provide you with a secure link to upload the needed material. Tax documents should never be sent by email.

If you are offered a Sibley Scholarship, you will accept the award by paying your $300 non-refundable deposit and enrolling in a course within the time period indicated in your award letter, which is generally 2 to 10 business days, depending on the time of year. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the award. Once you are enrolled in a course, your scholarship will be automatically applied to your account within 1 to 3 business days. You will be able to see the scholarship applied to your account when you sign into E-Bill after March 20.