Application Guidelines

The Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship

Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle
will be accepted from February 1 – February 28, 2021.

Established in 1968, the Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship is awarded to exceptionally worthy high school seniors with demonstrated financial need, for up to four years of college undergraduate study. Hadden Scholars must be U.S. citizens matriculating at a four-year accredited college or university established in the United States.

In awarding Hadden Scholarships, Youth Foundation considers scholastic achievement, character, leadership, volunteerism, and financial need. There is a minimum grade point average requirement, 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, to apply for a Hadden Scholarship. There is no minimum test score requirement, but past winners have had competitive scores. In 2019, the average ACT was 32 and the average SAT was 1480.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle will be accepted from February 1 – February 28, 2021. No applications or materials will be accepted after February 28, 2021.

Award Amounts

Scholarship amounts are subject to change, but currently awards are up to $4,000/year for Scholars attending private or out-of-state institutions, $2,500/year for Scholars attending in-state institutions. Awards are for a maximum of four regular undergraduate school years, not summer school or graduate school. Subject to the rules of a student’s college or university, Hadden Scholarships may be applied toward a semester or year of study abroad.

Funding Guidelines

A Hadden Scholarship may not be used by an institution to reduce the amount of its own grant or aid package by any amount as a result of the Hadden Scholarship. A Hadden Scholarship supplements the grant from your institution; it must not displace other grants or aid. Before final awards are announced, finalists will be required to provide a copy of their financial aid award letter from their college or university and a list of all outside scholarships. If it is found that a school has lowered its grant to the student in violation of our policy, Youth Foundation must discontinue the scholarship.

Funds are sent directly to the college or university to be utilized solely for the benefit of the student. Subject to federal and state regulations, and the policies of individual institutions, Hadden Scholarships may be applied to tuition, room, board, books, or other fees. Some institutions allow outside scholarships to be used towards a laptop or health insurance premiums. It is up to each student to become thoroughly familiar with the policies and guidelines of their institution.


Hadden Scholarships are renewable for up to four years. Scholars must be full-time students; maintain an annual, cumulative 3.0 GPA; provide a copy of their academic transcript and financial aid award letter annually, or as requested by Youth Foundation; keep their contact information up to date with the Youth Foundation office.