The Citadel’s scholarship programs are designed to attract outstanding high school graduates. Incoming freshmen Cadets are automatically considered for the majority of the college’s merit scholarships. Consideration is based on the standard application for admission and provided high school credentials. Prospective Cadets do not complete a separate scholarship application in most cases. Recipients of scholarships are notified by April 30th of the current school year, in most cases. Candidates are contacted by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and invited to apply. This competitive process determines the recipients for the following scholarship awards: Full Academic Scholarships, The Citadel Honors Program, and the 1842 Scholars Program.
Full academic scholarships cover catalog costs (including tuition, room/board, quartermaster charges) and are the most prestigious of The Citadel’s awards to incoming freshmen based on academic merit. 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. The 1842 Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to engage with like-minded Cadets through professional development, mentorship, study abroad programs, and more. The goal of the program is to identify and recruit highly motivated students, immerse them in a cohort community where they can explore their academic passions, provide them with opportunities to take intellectual risks, and develop them as thinkers and leaders.