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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 a number of 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 directly for an interview and an essay. *

The Citadel Honors Program is the college's premier program for intellectually and academically gifted students who demonstrate a love of learning and wish to participate in rich intellectual discourse over their four-year college career.  Special benefits include small classes, discussion-style instruction and competing for national-level post-graduate scholarships or fellowships.  A $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to all participants in The Citadel Honors Program and all applicants are considered for one of the school's full scholarships.

Scholars Programs offer students the unique opportunity to engage with like minded cadets through professional development, mentorship, study abroad programs, and more. Scholarship awards are $2,500 for in-state students and $7,500 for out-of-state students 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 Business, Cybersecurity and Intelligence, Leadership, STEM, and Teaching. Students can indicate interest in a scholars cohort on their admissions application or by contacting the faculty coordinator of the respective cohort directly.

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 separate 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 2021-2022 Upperclass Cadet Scholarship Application opens on March 1, 2021!! 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).  Most scholarships require a student to maintain a 3.0 GPA in order for the scholarship to be renewed.

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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