Scholarships Offered to Western Connecticut Health Network Employees

At The Gunnery, our students learn the importance of citizenship and the value of community service. In the spirit of giving back to the communities we serve, The Gunnery is pleased to offer two, $15,000 merit-based scholarships annually toward the total cost of tuition to children, grandchildren and relatives residing in the same household of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) employees.

Students entering grades 9, 10 or 11 are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded solely at the discretion of the Admissions Office and will be based on an interview, academic record, teacher recommendations, demonstrated achievement, involvement and/or interest in extracurricular activities such as athletics, visual and performing arts or community service. Strong consideration will be given to students who embody The Gunnery’s mission, which places an emphasis on what The Gunnery believes to be the four cornerstones of character: scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility. The Gunnery’s selection process is independent of WCHN; WCHN does not control or influence the selection process.

Assuming the student remains in good standing at The Gunnery and the relative remains employed by WCHN, the scholarship award will be automatically renewed each year that the student is enrolled at The Gunnery. Applicants will be required to present written verification of WCHN employment to the Admissions Office annually.

How to Apply
Families are asked to express their interest in applying for the scholarship when they contact the Admissions Office to schedule a tour and interview. Please note that The Gunnery strongly encourages all applicants to complete and submit the SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO), which is a standardized application form for independent schools. Therefore, those who wish to apply for the scholarship must express their interest to The Gunnery directly by phone or email prior to the application deadline of January 15 to be considered for the award for the following academic year. Applicants who wish to apply after the January 15 deadline are asked to contact Alexandra V. Ince, Director of Enrollment, at (860) 868-7334 or

While the scholarship awards are based on merit, recipients are also welcome to apply for need-based financial aid. Please see the Tuition & Financial Aid section of our website additional information.

All applicants are notified of admissions decisions and financial aid awards by March 10.

To inquire or schedule a visit, please email or call (860) 868-7334.

Steps in the Admission Process

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Inquire

    Contact the Admissions Office at (860) 868-7334 to express your interest in The Gunnery or complete our online inquiry.
  • Schedule a tour and interview

    Please call 860-868-7334, or e-mail us at to schedule a tour and interview. We host candidates Monday-Friday with limited availability on Saturday (see appointment times below). A typical visit to The Gunnery lasts approximately two hours. You and your family will take a campus tour led by student tour guides and then have conversational interviews with an admissions officer. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to meet a specific faculty member or coach so that we can try to accommodate. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus!
    Monday8:45 a.m.9:30 a.m.10:50 a.m.12:50 p.m.1:35 p.m.2:20 p.m.
    Tuesday8:15 a.m.9:15 a.m.12:35 p.m.1:50 p.m.
    Wednesday8:15 a.m.9:30 a.m.10:45 a.m.
    Thursday8:45 a.m.9:30 a.m.10:50 a.m.12:50 p.m.1:35 p.m.2:20 p.m.
    Friday8:15 a.m.9:30 a.m.12:35 p.m.1:50 p.m.
    For Saturday appointments, please call our Admissions Office for availability.     

  • Register for testing

    For 9th and 10th grade applicants, you may register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) through the SSAT website or by phone (609-683-4440). Be sure to list The Gunnery as a school where your child is applying. We will also accept the ISEE for 9th and 10th grade applicants in lieu of the SSAT. For 11th, 12th and PG applicants, The Gunnery accepts the PSAT, SAT or ACT. All international applicants for whom English is not their first language must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Visit the ETS website or call (609-771-7100) for more information. The Gunnery's TOEFL code is 8980.
  • Submit your application

    Your completed application is due January 15 (rolling admissions after this date, please contact The Admissions Office). Complete and submit the SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO).

    The application includes the following components:
    • Applicant information
    • Application fee ($65 for domestic applicants; $150 for international applicants)
    • Student essays
    • Parent questionnaire
    • Current and prior year transcripts
    • Recommendations (standardized forms sent via SAO directly to the teacher, principal or guidance counselor)
      • Current Math teacher recommendation
      • Current English teacher recommendation
      • Current Principal or Guidance Counselor recommendation
    • Test results (SSAT, ISEE, SAT or ACT as above)
  • International Applicants

    If you are an international applicant, please refer to our international admissions page for additional instructions.
  • Tuition & Financial Aid

    We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to The Gunnery. Our financial aid program is designed to allow access to those who may not be able to afford the full cost of tuition. If you are a candidate for financial aid, please refer to our Tuition & Financial Aid section. You may also contact Suzanne Day, Director of Financial Aid, at (860) 350-0140 or with any questions.

Please contact us with any questions:

The Gunnery
Admissions Office
99 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT 06793
(860) 868-7334
Fax: (860) 868-1614

The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.