In an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, Lafayette College seeks to nurture the inquiring mind and to integrate intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College strives to develop students' skills of critical thinking, verbal communication, and quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavor; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others, to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility, and to regard education as an indispensable, life-long process.
Marquis Scholars receive an annual minimum award of $20,000 ($80,000 over four years). Financial aid applicants who are designated as Marquis Scholars and whose financial need exceeds $20,000 will receive a scholarship up to demonstrated need minus a campus job ($2,000) and a loan, depending on family income (no loan for incomes under $50,000; a $3,500 loan per year for incomes between $50,000 and $100,000). Other special benefits of the Marquis Scholars program include participation in special events and activities, including cultural opportunities; a scholarship of up to $4,000 for one faculty-led off campus course during an interim session. Lafayette offers a wide variety of special, intensive courses on campus and abroad during the January interim session and in May.
Number of Awards
The scholarship is renewed each year at Lafayette provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and is enrolled full- time.
Award Criteria Requirements:
Lafayette seeks students who have demonstrated intellectual curiosity in addition to their superior academic achievement. Curriculum, grades, rank in graduating class, and scores on standardized tests are all considered. Furthermore, the College looks for students creatively engaged in the life of their communities and who, like the College’s namesake, have “made a difference” through significant accomplishments in school and community. Scholarship recipients are typically at the top of their graduating class in the most demanding curriculum available, with SAT scores (Critical Reading and Math) in the mid-1300s or better or ACT Composite score of 31 or better. No special application is required to be considered for the Marquis Scholarship, and all students admitted under both Early Decision and Regular Decision are considered. Students are notified of their selection at the time of admission. We anticipate enrolling approximately 10% of the entering class as Marquis Scholars.
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