Dickinson's financial-aid packages include both grants and scholarships. Grants may be from the college's endowment, from state or federal sources or from outside agency funds, and most are based on demonstrated financial need. (Submit all required forms by your selected application deadline for need-based aid). Scholarships are designed to recognize the exemplary academic performance of prospective students without regard to financial need. The merit scholarship will be the first component of any need-based financial aid award.
We are committed to recognizing superior talent and service, regardless of financial need or citizenship, as we seek students who will benefit from and contribute to Dickinson’s vision: to be actively engaged with the wider world and challenged to think differently and act boldly. The following academic merit scholarships may be awarded at the time of admission for both U.S. citizens and international students.
THE PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
$35,000 per year
The Presidential Scholarship is worth $140,000 toward tuition for eight semesters of full-time study at the college (including off-campus study in a Dickinson program or partner program). It is Dickinson’s highest recognition for academic achievement and leadership. Recipients are top students in a challenging high-school curriculum. As Dickinsonians, Presidential Scholars will participate in special programming each semester with interim President John E. Jones '77, P'11. A separate application is required to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.
The Provost, 1783, John Dickinson and Benjamin Rush scholarships reflect academic achievement, challenging oneself in and beyond the classroom and engaging in one’s community. The admissions committee will determine which scholarship will be awarded to a particular student on an individualized basis. No additional application materials are required to be considered for these merit scholarships —this underscores the importance of submitting the highest-quality and best-prepared application possible.
THE PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP
THE 1783 SCHOLARSHIP
THE JOHN DICKINSON SCHOLARSHIP
$20,000 per year
The John Dickinson Scholarship is worth $80,000 toward tuition for eight semesters of full-time study at the college (including off-campus study in a Dickinson program or partner program).
THE BENJAMIN RUSH SCHOLARSHIP
$15,000 per year
The Benjamin Rush Scholarship is worth $60,000 toward tuition for eight semesters of full-time study at the college (including off-campus study in a Dickinson program or partner program).
Students may hold only one of the above scholarships. As a Division III athletic institution, Dickinson is not able to award scholarships based solely on athletic talent.
Questions about scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-644-1773.
Community College Partnership Program
Recognizing that the path to a four-year degree can be blazed not only from high school, Dickinson has established a Community College Partnership Program that goes well beyond the passive articulation agreements found between most community and four-year colleges. Dickinson’s collaboration allows students to reduce total educational expenses by attending one of our region’s five top community colleges during their first two years. While there, they participate in an honors program and receive academic advising from Dickinson staff. Learn more.
Dickinson-Cumberland County Scholarship
The Dickinson-Cumberland County Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to a Cumberland County resident who wishes to make a positive impact in the community. Learn more.
Dickinson-CET Global Leaders Scholarship
The Dickinson-CET Global Leaders Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to a student who shows interest in global issues and has participated in CET high school programs for which Dickinson grants credit. Learn more.
Public Service Fellowship
In this innovative program, exceptional high-school graduates earn tuition credits of up to $40,000 while working to improve the society in which they live. Each year of meaningful public-service work—including service as a Global Citizen Year Fellow—earns participants a $10,000 credit toward their tuition at Dickinson. Learn more.
Reynolds Leadership Scholar Program
$40,000 per year
The Reynolds Leadership Scholar Program awards recipients with $160,000 toward tuition for eight semesters of full-time study at the college (including off-campus study in a Dickinson program or partner program). Recipients are top Maryland residents in a challenging high-school curriculum who have the potential to be leaders at Dickinson, in their communities and around the world. The scholarship is funded by George and Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77. A separate application is required. Learn more.
The Inge Paul and John R. Stafford Scholarship for Bioinformatics
The Inge Paul and John R. Stafford Scholarship for Bioinformatics funds the Provost Scholarship ($30,000 per year) for a superior student in the life sciences and provides an additional $3,000 in total research support to be used any time during the scholar’s four years at Dickinson. Stafford scholars are advised by a faculty mentor and have multiple research opportunities. We expect that this experience will prepare Stafford scholars to be competitive for prestigious postgraduate awards, such as the Fulbright and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowships and, ultimately, a career in research or medicine. Recipients meet Provost Scholarship requirements and demonstrate a strong interest and intention to major in the life sciences.
Yellow Ribbon Program
This program allows post-9/11 United States veterans—and in some cases, their dependents—to enroll at Dickinson with significantly reduced tuition. They may also receive a stipend for books and supplies. This initiative opens new doors for veterans and provides them with unprecedented access to higher education. Learn more.
Any student receiving financial aid who also receives scholarships, loans, tuition remission or support from a source other than the college must report the additional aid to the Dickinson Financial Aid Office. Such assistance can affect the student's eligibility for assistance from federal and institutional resources. The total amount of aid received by the student cannot exceed need as computed by federally approved methodology. The college will always reduce or eliminate self-help (loans or work) before reducing grant aid. Use iGrad to easily search for outside scholarship opportunities.