The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Cadet Scholarships

The Citadel Scholarship Programs

The Citadel's scholarship programs are designed to attract outstanding high school graduates to the college, reward undergraduate academic excellence, and help those worthy students who desire financial assistance to pay for their college education. Annually, The Citadel awards more than 3 million dollars in academic scholarships to entering freshmen and enrolled upperclassmen. The college offers close to 8 full academic scholarships* covering catalog costs to incoming freshmen each year.

Prospective/Incoming Cadets

Incoming freshmen cadets are automatically considered* for merit scholarships based on their standard application for admission; school administrators determine scholarship eligibility and make award decisions upon the information provided on your college application. Prospective/incoming cadets do not complete a separate scholarship application.

Full scholarships: Some full scholarships do require additional candidate involvement such as writing an essay and participating in an on-campus interview.  Strong academic candidates are contacted for an interview and an essay.

The Citadel Honors Program and Scholars Programs offer students the unique opportunity to engage with like-minded cadets through professional development, mentorship, study abroad programs, and more. Scholarship awards will range from $2500 to $16,000 and will include a $1,000 experiential scholarship to be used toward study abroad, undergraduate student research, internships, or other high impact experiences.  Programs are available in Honors, Business, Cybersecurity and Intelligence, Leadership, STEM, and Teaching.

Award Notification: the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will notify all incoming freshmen about scholarship award decisions by April 30th.

*Dr. Thurman Councel Sparks Scholarship is the only exception to this rule. The Dr. Thurman Councel Sparks Scholarship requires a seperate application and is open to South Carolina high school seniors preferably residents of group homes who are also orphans and requires a Recommendation Form from the applicant's DSS caretaker or Guardian Ad Litem.

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Upperclass Cadets

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors must complete a separate Citadel scholarship application. The 2018-2019 Upperclass Cadet Scholarship Application will open mid-March 2018. For full evaluation of your scholarship eligibility from year-to-year, please file both your annual FAFSA and scholarship application by our priority deadlines. Scholarship awards are evaluated for renewal each year after spring grades post; current recipients must meet eligibility standards each year to be considered for renewal, including academic criteria and financial need (when the demonstration of financial need is required for a particular scholarship).

Scholarship Application and Award Timetable

Citadel Scholarship Program Catalog

The Citadel Scholarship Program Catalog is a comprehensive inventory of the scholarships in our program. However, individual scholarships may already be assigned to a student, and therefore not currently open. This catalog is updated on an annual basis.

Beyond The Citadel Scholarship Program

In addition to our college scholarship program, other scholarship opportunities exist and families are encouraged to review the resources linked below:

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