The Civil 
War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590
F: 717.337.6596

High School Students Experience Gettysburg

Read about students' experience at the conference:

Part 1: Student Expectations
Part 2: Lincoln, The Man
Part 3: Lincoln, The Commander In Chief
Part 4: Lincoln, The Great Emancipator
Part 5: Experiencing College Life
Part 6: Visiting The Battlefield
Part 7: The CWI

The Gettysburg College Civil War Institute (CWI) offers a unique platform where the nation’s foremost Civil War historians engage general audiences about the seminal event in American history. Each June, students of the Civil War Era descend on Gettysburg College for a conference structured around a central theme of the war. Participants come from England, Alaska, and all points between.

Central to the mission of the Civil War Institute is the Student Scholarship Program. Every year, seats at CWI are set aside for high school students who have demonstrated interest in further study of the Civil War. The program is designed to introduce students to the latest scholarship on the Civil War era, provide them with experience in utilizing the skills of the historian, and allow for opportunities to make connections as they progress to college and beyond.

These students are full participants in the program, attending the lectures and panel discussions, following in the footsteps of history on battlefield tours, and mingling with others who have a passion for history. Additionally, these high school students have the opportunity to experience college life, living in dorms, eating in dining halls, attending private seminars with faculty members and discussing the application process with admissions counselors. Two attributes of the program help to make it unique. First is its location; Gettysburg College is located on the battlefield. Soldiers of both armies crossed the campus and used its buildings for observation posts and hospitals. Second, any student accepted to the student scholarship program attends on a full scholarship.

As part of the observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the 2012 Civil War Institute will examine the Civil War in 1862.  Among the topics included in the program will be the Rise of Hood's Texas Brigade, Contraband Camps and Emancipation, The Rise of Hard War, and Creating a Confederate Kentucky. Faculty members will include Mark Grimsley, John Hennessy, Harold Holzer, Brooks Simpson, and Susannah Ural.

Students who are interested in applying for a CWI scholarship can apply online.

If you are interested in contributing to the CWI scholarship fund, please contact

Peter Vermilyea

Director, Student Scholarship Program

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300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: (717) 337-6300