Grissom Scholars Program

Recognizing Character, Achievement, and Leadership Potential

Admission Office

Mailing Address
Admission Office
Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422




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Sarah Scott

Grissom Scholars Contact



Grisson Scholars

Available to first-year applicants, the Grissom Scholars Program offers 10 high achieving first-generation college students a full-tuition scholarship and $5,000 in educational enrichment funds.

Centre is pleased to offer this scholarship as part of its ongoing mission to transform the lives of young people.

The Scholarship and Enrichment Program

Grissom Scholars receive full tuition scholarships, renewable for four years. (For 2017-2018, tuition amounts to $40,650 of Centre’s comprehensive fee.) If needed, additional aid will cover the cost of room and board.

In the summer before their first year at Centre, Grissom Scholars participate in a unique orientation focused on personal growth and team-building. Each Grissom Scholar receives personal guidance from the program director to develop a four-year plan for college. $5,000 in enrichment funds enable each Grissom Scholar to pursue special opportunities such as study abroad, independent research, and academic internships.

The scholarship and enrichment program includes:

• Four-year, full-tuition scholarship, plus additional aid to cover any remaining financial need
• $5,000 in educational enrichment funds after the successful completion of the first year
• On-campus programming
• Individual mentoring


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Who Should Apply?

Competitive applicants should demonstrate:

• Strong personal character with a positive outlook, respect for diversity, and a mature nature; highly regarded among peers and staff
• Proven dedication to academic achievement, GPA that reflects intellectual ability and a strong work ethic
• High leadership potential as demonstrated through extracurricular involvement in community service, school activities, artistic endeavors, and paid or unpaid work

The program is reserved for first-generation college students. A student qualifies as a first-generation college student if his or her custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) have not completed a four-year college degree. Strong preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate substantial financial need and who reside in the United States.

How to Apply

1) Apply for admission by January 15.

2) Complete the separate premier scholarship application by January 20.

3) The selection committee will notify scholarship applicants about their status in late February. Approximately 30 finalists will be invited to campus for a mandatory selection weekend April 5-7, with ten recipients named in mid-April.

Students may apply for more than one premier scholarship program, but a student can only be selected as a finalist for one program. In the case that a student is a strong candidate for more than one premier scholarship program, our selection committee will place the student in the finalist pool in which the applicant will be the most competitive.

Scholarship Nominations


Although a scholarship nomination is not required for consideration for premier scholarships, the admission office welcomes nominations to help us identify and learn more about potential scholarship candidates. A nomination can be completed by a school counselor, core-course teacher, community-based organization liaison, employer, or independent college counselor. The preferred deadline for nominations is January 1, but we accept nominations through January 15.