Lafayette Scholarships

The Marquis Fellowship ($40,000/yr)

The Marquis Fellowship is awarded to the most highly qualified candidates in the applicant pool.  Inspired by the ideals for which the Marquis de Lafayette stood, Marquis Fellows display outstanding ability to contribute to the Lafayette community based on their interest in global citizenship, scholarly pursuits, leadership, and demonstrated and genuine concern for others.

This merit-based award, valued at $40,000 per year, is renewable for all four years of full-time undergraduate study at Lafayette, contingent on the maintenance of a 3.00 GPA or higher.  Fellows seeking financial aid whose need exceeds $40,000 per year will receive a need-based award up to demonstrated need.  Marquis Fellows also receive a scholarship of up to $4,000 for one faculty-led, off-campus course during an interim session (cannot be applied to Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges study-abroad programs).  Marquis Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor, and are expected to take leadership roles in special events and cross cultural opportunities.

Approximately 20 Marquis Fellowships are offered to admitted students each year. About 100 finalists are invited to campus in February and March to participate in a selection process that is led by the entire Lafayette community (faculty, alumni, students, and administration).  This will include a small group assignment and presentation, followed by a personal interview with faculty, alumni, and students.  Marquis Fellows will be notified about their selection in mid-March along with their admission to the college.  Those not selected for Marquis Fellowships will be given primary consideration for the Marquis Scholarship.

The Marquis Scholarship ($24,000/year)

The Marquis Scholarship recognizes those among the best in the applicant pool.  Led by the Office of Admission, the selection committee seeks students who have truly distinguished themselves among the best that their secondary school has to offer.  Further qualifications are mentioned below.

Marquis Scholars receive an annual minimum award of $24,000 ($96,000 over four years).  They also receive a scholarship of up to $4,000 for one faculty-led, off-campus course during an interim session (cannot be applied to Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges study-abroad programs). Renewal is contingent upon the maintenance of a 3.00 GPA or higher. Scholars seeking financial aid and whose financial need exceeds $24,000 will receive a need-based award (inclusive of the scholarship) up to demonstrated need. (Applicants seeking need-based aid must submit the required documents.)

Approximately 15 percent of admitted students are offered the Marquis Scholarship each year.  Marquis Scholars are notified at the time of their admission (mid-March).  There is no separate application required for the Marquis Scholarship.  All applicants are considered.

Who typically qualifies for the Marquis Fellowship or Scholarship?

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.

Fellowship and scholarship offers are typically made to students who are at the top of their graduating class in the most demanding curriculum available, with standardized test scores above the mean for admitted students (see the profile of the most recently admitted class).

Students who decide that Lafayette College is their first choice and apply under the Early Decision option are also carefully considered for all merit-based scholarship opportunities.  However, if your enrollment here is critically dependent on being awarded a merit-based scholarship, you should apply under the Regular Decision option.

These scholarships are new for the Class of 2018. Only first-time applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of their application for admission. Selection is based on the academic record prior to enrolling at Lafayette.

All merit-based scholarships are renewed each year at Lafayette provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and is enrolled full time. Students who are also requesting need-based financial aid must file the PROFILE and other required documents by the deadlines. Last-semester seniors who are approved for prorated enrollment status should expect to have their grants, scholarships, and/or loans adjusted accordingly.

Although the admission application deadline is Jan. 15, we strongly encourage those seeking merit-based scholarships to submit their applications a few weeks earlier.

No additional application materials are required for merit scholarship consideration. This underscores the importance placed upon submitting the highest-quality and best-prepared application possible.

Read an article about Marquis Scholars

Athletic Scholarships

Lafayette offers athletic scholarships in 11 sports:

  • baseball
  • men’s and women’s basketball
  • women’s field hockey
  • football
  • men’s and women’s lacrosse
  • men’s and women’s soccer
  • softball
  • women’s volleyball

Recipients are selected based on athletic talent as well as the ability to meet Lafayette’s rigorous academic standards. Compliance with NCAA regulations and continued participation in the sport are required. Scholarship recipients are required to file the FAFSA each year in order to determine and maximize federal and/or state eligibility. First-year students must file by Feb. 15, returning students by April 20. A full athletic scholarship covers tuition, fees, room, board, and books. Partial scholarships are also awarded.

Posse Scholarships

Lafayette College partners with the New York City and Washington, D.C., chapters of The Posse Foundation and selects and awards full-tuition scholarships to 10 incoming students from each city. Posse Scholars are required to file the FAFSA every year and any Federal/State grant eligibility will be considered part of the scholarship value. First-year students must file by February 15, returning students by April 20. Students seeking additional need based aid must meet all filing deadlines. Posse Scholars are subject to the same application requirements, filing deadlines, and terms and conditions of need-based grant awards (academic progress, full-time enrollment and maximum of eight semesters).

Tuition Exchange Scholarships

Lafayette participates in Tuition Exchange (TE), a national scholarship exchange for dependent children of qualifying employees of member institutions. Eligibility for a TE scholarship must be certified by the TE liaison officer at the parent/guardian’s place of employment. TE is considered an employment benefit and not treated as an outside scholarship. Applicants must submit all required documents and meet the filing deadlines to be considered for admission and financial aid, if applicable.

The number of scholarships offered by Lafayette each year is subject to the balance that must be maintained between “imports and exports of eligible candidates.” Selection of TE scholars is highly competitive and determined by the Office of Admissions. Given the competitiveness of the program, awards are typically limited to first-year applicants. Students should expect to receive notification no later than April 1. For more information, contact Gregory MacDonald, dean of admission and financial aid,