The Civil 
War Institute

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Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Scholarships To Attend the 2016 CWI Summer Conference

The Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College is a four day program held annually in June. The conference includes lectures, battlefield tours, breakout sessions, and other special activities. The CWI has sponsored this summer conference since 1983. Please click here to see the schedule for the 2016 conference, "Reconstruction & the Legacy of the War."

Scholarships to attend the summer conference are available for high school students, who may apply to participate in our High School Student Scholarship Program. Scholarships are also available for public historians and Gettysburg College students.

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

High School Student Scholarships (10 Available)

The high school student scholarship program serves high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a demonstrated interest in the history of the Civil War Era. Please click here to download a brochure (PDF) about the High School Student Scholarship Program. (By the time of the June conference, applicants should be rising juniors, seniors, or recent high school graduates.) High school student scholarship recipients do not need to be accompanied by a chaperone if under the age of 18, as our student scholarship program directors will provide supervision. Students may apply for a scholarship by submitting the following materials:

Many scholarship program participants ultimately choose to attend Gettysburg College, and some return to to the conference as student participants. Read about Jennifer Simone '18 and Julia Sippel '18's experiences as returning participants at the 2015 CWI Summer Conference.

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

Applications for the High School Student Scholarship Program must be received by February 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Gettysburg College Student Scholarship (1 Available)

Current Gettysburg College students interested in applying for the scholarship should submit:

  • A professional resume 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 February 15 at 4:00 p.m. (Applications can be emailed to

Scott Hartwig Public History Fellows Scholarships (3 Available)

Applicants must be currently working in the field of public history (museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, historic preservation, historical consulting, 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 professional resume (with contact information)
  • A cover letter describing how the CWI conference would contribute to your development as a public history professional (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 may be mailed to the CWI office at 300 N. Washington Street, Box 435, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or e-mailed to Please direct questions to Applications must be received no later than February 15 at 4:00 pm.

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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