Eisenhower Scholarship

“The future of our country depends upon enlightened leadership, upon the truly educated—understanding—citizen.” —President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Gettysburg College has a long history of civic engagement with students and alumni making a difference in their communities and the world. The Eisenhower Scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding first-year applicants to Gettysburg College who are also positively transforming their communities.

Gettysburg College’s unique location—situated in a world-famous town that is known for a defining moment in American history and is only 80 minutes from Washington, D.C.—provides students access and opportunity to effect change through political and non-political processes.

The Eisenhower Scholarship is Gettysburg College’s most selective scholarship—$160,000 for four years of full-time study ($40,000 per year). It is awarded to top-performing applicants within a most challenging curriculum who have demonstrated a high level of civic engagement locally, nationally, and/or internationally.

Apply for the Eisenhower Scholarship

Application Requirements and Process

  • Complete and submit the Eisenhower Scholarship application by January 15.
  • Complete and submit the Common Application, official high school transcript, and counselor/teacher recommendations by January 15.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in early March (including those who enrolled at Gettysburg College under Early Decision admission).
  • Students who are not recipients of the Eisenhower Scholarship will be automatically considered for the College’s four academic merit scholarships as part of the admissions review process.

What does it mean to be an Eisenhower Scholar?

  • Recipients of the Eisenhower Scholarship will be awarded $40,000 per year (totaling $160,000 for four years of full-time study at Gettysburg College).
  • Eisenhower Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA while at Gettysburg in order to keep the scholarship.
  • Eisenhower Scholars will be assigned an upper-class Eisenhower Scholar.
  • Eisenhower Scholars will take a fall semester First-Year Seminar on a topic related to civic engagement.
  • Eisenhower Scholars will go on an educational trip to Washington, DC.
  • Eisenhower Scholars will attend a Naturalization Ceremony.
  • Eisenhower Scholars will work with the Center for Public Service, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Garthwait Leadership Center on projects designed for their cohort.
  • Eisenhower Scholars will participate in the spring semester community engagement opportunities and speaker series.