The Civil 
War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Scholarships To Attend the 2015 CWI Summer Conference

The Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College is a four day program held in June.  The conference includes lectures, battlefield tours, breakout sessions, and other special activities. The CWI has sponsored this summer conference since 1983.

Scholarships to attend the annual Civil War Institute summer conference are available for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors (meaning at the time of the conference in late June, these students would be rising juniors, seniors, and recent high school graduates). There are also scholarships available for public historians and Gettysburg College students.

A full scholarship covers an air-conditioned dorm room, meals for the duration of the conference, and tuition fees. Transportation costs are NOT covered by scholarship funds.

High School Student Scholarships (10 Available)

Students who have a genuine interest in the Civil War may apply for a scholarship. Please note that high school student scholarship recipients do not need to be accompanied by a chaperone if under the age of 18 (our student scholarship directors serve as chaperones). Students must submit the following with their application:

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from your history teacher and one from a guidance counselor).
  • A letter describing your interest in the Civil War and why you feel that the CWI Conference would benefit you.
  • Completed application form (available in PDF below).

High School Student Scholarship Application (PDF)

Completed application packages may be mailed to the CWI office at 300 N. Washington Street, Box 435, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or e-mailed to

Scholarship applications for the High School Student Scholarship Program must be received March 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Gettysburg College Student Scholarship (1 Available)

Current Gettysburg College students interested in applying for the scholarship should send the following information to the Civil War Institute, Campus Box 435 or to

  • a personal resume and cover letter with contact information
  • a brief essay explaining how attendance at the CWI conference would benefit your academic and professional development (500 word limit)

 Scholarship applications for Gettysburg College students must be received by March 15 at 4:00 p.m. (Applications can be emailed to

Public Historian Scholarships (3 Available)

Applicants must be currently working in the field of public history (museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, historic preservation, historical consulting, history education, etc.) or presently enrolled in or recently graduated from a public history graduate program. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in the CWI summer conference, although former CWI attendees are welcome to apply.

Interested applicants should send the following information to the Civil War Institute:

  • a personal resume (with contact information)
  • a cover letter describing how the CWI conference would contribute to your professional development (700 word limit)

These scholarships will include tuition, room, and board for the full length of the conference, and are valued at $960.00. They do not include transportation expenses, but recipients will receive $200.00 travel stipend to help defray costs. Download the scholarship announcement for more details (PDF).
Scholarship applications for public historians must be received no later than March 15. (Applications can be emailed to

Mail completed application and all relevant paperwork to:

Scholarship Program

Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
300 North Washington Street, Campus Box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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