Academic Merit Scholarships

In order to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of our students, while simultaneously providing an affordable and accessible education, Gettysburg College proudly offers six categories of scholarships:

  • Eisenhower Scholarships — $44,000 annually (separate application required)
  • Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman Institute History Scholarships — $41,000 annually (separate application required)
  • Abraham Lincoln Scholarships — $41,000 annually
  • Presidential Scholarships — $39,000 annually
  • David Wills Scholarships — $37,000 annually
  • 1832 Founders Scholarships — $33,000 annually

Scholarship recipients for the four academic merit scholarships — the Lincoln, Presidential, David Wills, and Founders— are selected during the admissions process and represent the top-ranking applicants based on scholarly achievement and grade point average. No additional application is needed for these scholarships.

The Eisenhower Scholarship, designed to recognize students’ commitment to civic engagement, requires a separate application. The Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman Institute History Scholarship, designed to recognize outstanding first-year applicants who are interested in the study of history, also requires a separate application.

Academic merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and are available for up to eight semesters. Once enrolled at Gettysburg, students do not receive consideration for merit scholarships and scholarship values are not changed. To maintain an academic scholarship, enrolled students must achieve the required cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year.

The Value of a Gettysburg Education

  • Recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a “Best Value” among private colleges thanks to our high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources, and overall great value.
  • Gettysburg students have consistently earned Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships, Fulbright grants and teaching assistantships and National Science Foundation fellowships.
  • Within one year after graduation, 98% of new alums are employed or in graduate school. Extensive career networking opportunities are readily available.
  • Over 80% of Gettysburg students graduate within four years, double the national average.
  • Ninety percent of first-year students return as sophomores.
  • Developing global citizens is a College goal - more than half of Gettysburg students spend a semester abroad through the Center for Global Education.