Application Guidelines

The Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship

The application for the 2021 scholarship cycle is closed and applications are no longer being accepted.
The next application cycle will begin February 1, 2022.

Please refer to Application Procedures and Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

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 unweighted 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.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2021 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; the award for 2021-2022 is up to $5,000 per scholar. Awards are for a maximum of four regular undergraduate school years. 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 adjust the amount awarded or 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.

Please Note:

*In evaluating financial need, a variety of factors are considered; there is no specific cut-off for income or Expected Family Contribution. There are Hadden scholars who receive the full Pell grant amount and have a zero EFC, and there are scholars who receive very little or no need-based aid from their school. The totality of the circumstances is weighed and applicants are given the opportunity to provide additional information that may not be reflected in a FAFSA or tax return.