Current Scholarships

Ages 14-17 with Musical Experience

The Schroeder Family Naval Band Scholarships and Additional Naval Band Scholarships

Each March, designated candidates will learn they have been selected for a musical summer experience second to none.  

The Naval Band Scholarships at Culver Upper Schools provide financial aid for Upper School students between the ages of 14 and 17 who are recruited from across the United States. International students may also be nominated.  

These scholarships are selected on the basis of merit only. Those selected students will have the unique opportunity of not only playing music at its highest level but will be able to choose from dozens of other activities and classes offered at Culver Upper Schools. Young men will become members of the Naval Band unit, while young women will participate in all Naval Band activities and performances with an additional option of participating in Concert Band. 

The Naval Band experience at Culver enhances musicians’ performance by playing music that is likely different than at (from that of) their home school and by joining a wide range of instrumentalists from across the United States and internationally as well.  In addition, Naval Bandsmen form a strong camaraderie within the Naval Band unit, learning about themselves and working with others, and building leadership skills for life.

The Selection Process:
A selection committee and the Summer Admissions Staff at Culver identify potential candidates for the Naval Band Scholarship Program within Culver’s applicant pool. Selection will be made by analyzing the Applicant Statement, Band Director form and overall citizenship. There will be strong competition for a Naval Band Scholarship. Applicants, once they have been invited to do so, should submit all application materials in a timely manner.

The Scholarship Covers:

  • Tuition
  • Uniform stipend

These scholarships are available through the generosity of the John C. Schroeder, NB ’64 Family and other Naval Band alumni.  

Central Ohio Residents

Foster Family Woodcraft Scholarship 

The Foster Scholarship provides Woodcraft campers (Beaver/Cardinal unit), ages 11-14, with the summer opportunity of a lifetime.

The Foster Scholarship is a full-tuition, merit scholarship that includes room and board, required fees, and uniforms. Preference will be given to those candidates qualifying for financial aid and those residing in central Ohio. The scholarship is renewable annually. Recipients who continue to excel academically, as a camp leader, and in activities will realize a total value of $24,000 over three summers at Culver. To be considered, applicants must have previously demonstrated excellence in academics, citizenship and character. Each scholarship recipient is expected to exemplify leadership in his or her cabin and to be in good citizenship standing while attending Woodcraft Camp.

The Foster Scholarship is open to campers who have displayed academic, citizenship, and character excellence, and who have been admitted to the Cardinal or Beaver level (ages 11-14) of Woodcraft Camp.

The Scholarship Covers: 

  • Full tuition 
  • Room and board 
  • Uniform Stipend 

Oklahoma Residents

Jud Little Scholarship

The Jud Little Scholarship has been designated for a 8th grade boy or girl with a passion for horses and residing in rural Oklahoma to attend Culver Summer Schools & Camps.

The scholarship will cover full tuition, room and board, uniforms and horsemanship fees for the summer. The scholarship will be awarded based on family need and camper merit, and will be renewable on an annual basis.

To be considered, applicants will have demonstrated significant interest and experience in horsemanship activities, an excellent citizenship record, an academic record of achievement that ensures success at Culver Summer Schools & Camps, and those characteristics and traits that suggest the successful candidate will participate fully in Culver's leadership development program.

Applicants must apply and be accepted to Culver Summer Schools & Camps as well as the Jud Little Summer Scholarship application.

The Scholarship Covers: 

  • Full tuition 
  • Room and board 
  • Uniform Stipend 

Michigan Residents

Virginia S. & Mark T. Little Woodcraft Scholarship

The Virginia S. and Mark T. Little Scholarship has been designated for an outstanding girl or boy residing in Kalamazoo County, Michigan to attend the Woodcraft Camp.

The scholarship will cover full tuition, room and board, uniforms and equitation fees for the summer. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need and the potential for future success. To be considered, successful candidates for the Woodcraft Camp Scholarship must be well-rounded individuals who exhibit potential for future success and have an interest in Woodcraft camp activities.

Applicants must apply and be accepted to Woodcraft Camp as well as complete the Virginia S. and Mark T. Little Scholarship application.

The Scholarship Covers: 

  • Full tuition
  • Room and board
  • Uniform Stipend

How to apply for a scholarship

Follow the directions below to fully apply for a scholarship. Follow up with Culver to make sure your application is complete at SummerFA@culver.org

1. Apply to Camp

Apply to camp at www.culver.org/summerapp. Parents must complete the online application and pay the $50.00 Application Fee. The Application Fee is required for all applications. Requesting Financial Aid does not waive the fee. The Application Fee must be paid in order to submit and process your child's application. When filling out the application, mark "YES" to the question regarding Financial Aid.

2. Apply for the Scholarship

Choose the appropriate scholarship listed on this page. Download and print the Merit Scholarship Application here. 

Complete the scholarship form and return it to Culver by mail, fax (574) 842-8462 or email to SummerFA@culver.org. Have a teacher/principal/band director complete the scholarship evaluation form and send directly to Culver by mail, fax 574-842-8462 or email SummerFA@culver.org. You should complete this application soon after receiving your approval to attend camp. The deadline to complete the Scholarship application is February 15, 2020.

Families may apply for either need-based assistance, merit-based scholarship, or both.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

You must have a United States social security number to be eligible to apply for financial aid. 

After your child has been approved for camp, you will receive an email regarding Financial Aid, including documents and processes which you must complete by February 15, 2019, at the latest. Culver has partnered with School and Student Services (SSS), our online resource for applying for financial aid. You must complete the online financial aid application and pay the $51 non-refundable financial aid application fee at https://www.solutionsbysss.com to be considered for financial aid. SSS will ask you to submit your 2019 W-2 and your 1040 Federal Tax Return from 2018 and 2019 as well as any other supplemental income. Do not send these forms to Culver

In addition to the financial information, there are three forms that must be completed and sent to SSS. This includes the Applicant Statement (to be completed by your child in his/her own handwriting) and School Grades form (or a copy of the most recent grade report) and the Parent Statement.  A link to these forms and more detailed information will be included in the email you will receive when your child is approved for camp.

All forms and information for Financial Aid must be complete and submitted to SSS no later than February 15, 2020.

The Financial Aid Committee will consider all completed Financial Aid applications. Availability of Culver financial aid funds and family finances will be the largest factor in determining the awards. Awards vary based on need and a significant financial contribution is expected of the family to cover remaining tuition and other costs such as the application fee, tuition deposit, transportation, and uniforms.

Culver pledges to do its best to meet the needs of families, but there can be no guarantee that the demonstrated financial need of all those who apply can be met.

Questions about the process should be addressed by email to the Summer Financial Aid Administrator, at SummerFA@culver.org