McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School. 
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.

Michaels-Dickson Scholars Program

Michaels-Dickson Scholars

Character & Integrity

Character and integrity are special words at McCallie. As such, we find it fitting to award scholarships to entering 9th and 10th grade boarding students who possess the remarkable qualities of strong character, personal integrity, leadership potential and academic excellence.

Since its inception, the Michaels-Dickson Scholarship Program - named for Ed Michaels '60 and Alan Dickson '49, who spearheaded the creation of the program - has awarded more than 150 merit scholarships over the past 20 years to deserving young men. Scholarships are made possible by a special endowment that funds the scholarships in perpetuity. To discover more about this special opportunity, please read the information below.

A Prestigious Tradition

The Michaels-Dickson Scholars Program brings to secondary education the prestigious merit-based scholarship traditions that have graced our finest universities. The Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, and the A.B. Duke Scholarship at Duke University -- all attract the most exceptional students from around the country to the Southeast. These outstanding students enrich the universities they attend, helping ensure the continuity of excellence within these schools. In the same way, the Michaels-Dickson Scholars enhance McCallie's tradition of excellence.

A Michaels-Dickson Honors Scholar will be an outstanding young man in several respects.

His academic excellence will be demonstrated through both his academic record as well as his standardized test scores. He will exhibit exceptional leadership potential. And he will possess truly extraordinary character. Scholarship, leadership, and integrity -- these are the defining characteristics of the Michaels-Dickson Honors Scholar.

Down to Details

In recent years, an average of 100 boys have been nominated annually for the Michaels-Dickson Scholars Program. All are required to visit campus during a Visitor's Day program or for an individually scheduled visit, during which they meet current McCallie students and staff, tour campus, and complete an admission interview. From the group of nominees, selected Honors Scholars will receive scholarships ranging in value from partial tuition to full tuition, room and board. We encourage you to review our selection criteria before applying.


To be eligible for scholarship consideration, a boy must

  • be currently enrolled in eighth or ninth grade in the United States,
  • be nominated by an adult outside his family (i.e. a current or former teacher, school principal or guidance counselor, minister or scoutmaster, or a McCallie alumnus),
  • Submit a complete application and an on-campus interview by January 1, 2022.

Nominees compete for full and partial merit scholarships, some qualifying for additional need-based financial aid. The most competitive nominees have met or exceeded the following standards:

  • Extraordinary character. Recommendations from teachers, school administrators, and community leaders should reflect the nominee’s superior character. Personal interviews conducted on campus during the admission process will also give the nominee an opportunity to reflect on issues of character and the ideals embodied in the McCallie Honor Code.
  • Demonstrated leadership. By presenting an outstanding record of participation in activities such as school or club athletics, fine and performing arts, debate, student government, scouting, church or civic activities, or community service, nominees have the opportunity to display their potential to be outstanding campus leaders at McCallie.
  • Academic excellence. Successful nominees demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by earning a strong grade point average throughout a challenging middle school curriculum and posting standardized test scores commensurate with their ability. They often rank in the top ten percent of their classes, maintain a cumulative grade point average at or above 3.5, and score in the top 15 percent of independent school norms on the SSAT.

Note: Athletic eligibility in some sports may be affected by receiving the Michaels-Dickson Scholarship. Please contact David Hughes at directly with any questions you may have.


If you know a boy who would be a great fit for McCallie and qualifies as an Michaels-Dickson Scholars candidate, please download and print a nomination form. If additional space is needed to complete a section, feel free to submit that information on a separate sheet and mail to:

McCallie School 
Michaels-Dickson Scholars Program
500 Dodds Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Meet the Director

David Hughes

David Hughes

Class of 1978
Titles: Director of Michaels-Dickson Scholars Program
Degrees: B.A., Wheaton College