Academic Merit Scholarships

Gettysburg recognizes students’ academic achievement in high school by awarding five categories of scholarships.

Decisions on the scholarship recipients are made as part of the admissions process for entering first-year students. The four academic merit scholarships (Lincoln, Presidential, David Wills, and Founders) are awarded under Early Decision and Regular Decision as part of the admissions review process; a separate application is not required.

The Eisenhower Scholarship, designed to recognize students’ commitment to civic engagement, requires a separate application.

The selection process for these scholarships is highly competitive with awards going to top-ranking applicants based upon strength of academic program and grade point average. Beginning with the Class of 2024, academic scholarships include:

  • Eisenhower Scholarship- $40,000 annually
  • Abraham Lincoln Scholarships- $32,000 annually
  • Presidential Scholarships- $27,000 annually
  • David Wills Scholarships- $24,000 annually
  • 1832 Founders Scholarships- $15,000 annually

Academic scholarships are available for up to eight semesters. To maintain an academic scholarship, enrolled students must achieve the required cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year:

  • Eisenhower Scholarship- cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of each year
  • Presidential and Lincoln Scholarships- cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of the first year; cumulative GPA of 3.0 in future years
  • David Wills Scholarship- cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of each year
  • 1832 Founders Scholarship- cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of each year

Once enrolled at Gettysburg, students do not receive consideration for academic scholarships and scholarship values are not changed

How do Gettysburg’s academic merit scholarships and need-based financial aid awards work together?

Here are a few examples of how Gettysburg’s need-based financial aid awards may be affected if a student receives an academic merit scholarship.

Academic merit scholarships are renewable each year, provided students must maintain the required cumulative GPA requirements for their scholarship.

Example 1: Student is eligible for a $30,000 Gettysburg College Grant (based upon financial need) and is awarded a $15,000 1832 Founders Scholarship.
Financial Aid Award will include:

  • $15,000 1832 Founders Scholarship
  • $15,000 Gettysburg College Grant

Example 2: Student is eligible for a $10,000 Gettysburg College Grant (based upon financial need) and is awarded a $27,000 Presidential Scholarship
Financial Aid Award will include:

  • $27,000 Presidential Scholarship

Please feel free to contact us with additional questions or use our Net Price Calculator for a personalized estimate of need-based aid at Gettysburg. On the results page of the Calculator, you will be able to recalculate your estimate based upon self-selecting one of Gettysburg’s merit scholarships.

Gettysburg’s admissions office determines merit scholarship recipients. Because of federal guidelines, merit scholarships are listed on financial aid awards and considered as a source of financial aid.

Merit Scholarships are used to cover Gettysburg's comprehensive fee which includes tuition, room and board. 

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